Faux Stone Comparisons
Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Faux Panel Solution
What is the difference between masonry and faux panels?
Masonry is a construction method that uses individual units of natural stone or brick to build structures or complete decorative additions. Faux panels are lightweight units engineered to recreate the aesthetics of masonry, but do not have structural components. Faux panels can be installed with basic carpentry skills and without the prohibitive costs of masonry. Faux panels are a more convenient solution for those looking for a high-impact DIY project, while masonry is an option for those with more extensive budgets and construction timelines.
What is the faux panel product made of?
A wide variety of products fall under the same umbrella of faux panels, but not all of these products are made in the same way. GenStone faux panels, for example, are made of a high-density polyurethane, which provide for greater insulation and prevent moisture penetration. Other faux panel products are made of polypropylene. While the two materials sound similar, polypropylene has a more plastic appearance that downgrades its authenticity. Concrete faux panels are another common option. These products come at higher prices and are susceptible to chipping before installation.
How is the faux panel product installed?
One of the biggest advantages of faux panels over natural stone or brick is the ease of installation. Most faux panel products are specifically designed to be installed by DIYers with minimal construction experience. You’ll want to find the panel system that offers the simplest installation without sacrificing product quality or a sturdy final product. The installation process should be nothing more than measuring, cutting, and attaching the panels.
Is this a DIY project?
Many companies promote their products as DIY, but some projects will require professional labor or equipment to complete. Be sure to choose a faux panel product that is a real DIY experience. That means choosing a faux panel product that can be installed in a matter of days with only basic carpentry skills. You want to avoid getting too far down the road with a product before realizing your project requires more time and money to properly complete.