For thousands of years throughout the world, brick has been one of the most consistently used construction materials. Its rustic and timeless beauty defines or complements many well-known structures such as the Santa Sabina Church in Rome and the Fairbanks House in Massachusetts.

Today, brick veneer makes it possible for any homeowner to bring this ageless look to their homes in the form of an exposed brick wall or even brick siding. More importantly, the careful engineering of faux brick panels has finally made this type of masonry work do-it-yourself friendly.

Brick Quick Facts:

  • The oldest discovered brick are from the Tigris region in 7500 BC
  • Santa Sabina Church in Rome (422 AD) constructed of brick and is still in use, in fact it hasn’t been changed since it was built
  • The Fairbanks House in Dedham, MA is the oldest standing timber frame building in North America (1637) features brick chimneys

What is Brick Veneer?

A modern take on a timeless construction method.

Brick Veneer

More Than Fake Brick

The need for a mason has been engineered out.

Brick veneer is a type of facing used on the surface of a home or building that has been developed to replicate the textures, colors and patterns of natural clay or shale brick. Similar to other types of stone veneer, brick panels are shaped with forms that were created by stamping real brick into a mold. This process produces a thin brick-like surface that looks like real brick while offering a variety of consistent colors and complementary mortars.

For decades those wanting brick siding or an exposed brick wall would have to hire a mason, which unfortunately is one of the most costly skills you can employ. Brick veneer on the other hand is a much more affordable option when compared to real brick and the installation costs associated with it.

How Faux Brick Panels Work

Measure, cut, attach and repeat.

Panelized System

Designed for easy install and overcoming obstacles.

Brick paneling is not only an eco-friendly building material, it reduces the costs related to the installation of masonry brick by utilizing a well thought-out system of shapes and accessories. Rather than stacking a brick wall one by one, a panelized brick veneer arrangement allows you to install multiple square feet at a time without the mortar and without the mess.


Arranging the Brick Wall Panels System

Simply work left to right.

GenStone Brick Veneer System

More Than Fake Brick

The need for a mason has been engineered out.

The brick panels that make up the GenStone system consist of a corner, full panel and ledger. As shown below, if you were going to create an exposed brick wall you would arrange the panels from left to right. Simply start by attaching a 90º corner with screws or glue then align the full panel so that the bricks form a continuous pattern with equal mortar lines. Once the wall is complete you can finish with a corner on the right or by squaring off a full panel.



How to Plan Your Brick Veneer Project

Use our visualizer!

GenStone Brick Veneer Visualizer

Using the Visualizer

Upload your own photo or use a stock image.

When you decide to add an exposed brick wall or brick siding to your home it’s important to remember that once finished, it will bring a lot of red to the space. We recommend using the GenStone visualizer below to plan not only your brick wall but also determine how it will impact the existing color scheme. The visualizer allows you to not only explore our brick styles but also other popular GenStone faux stone panels.


  • Upload a photo of the space you plan to improve
  • Define the space by drawing a line on a door or window and typing in the height of the static object
  • Outline the space the brick will be installed using the magnifying glass
  • Place any of the available brick veneer styles
  • Create a free account and save your project
Need Help? We’re Listening!

Get in touch with us.

Give us a call at 1-800-425-0788 with any installation questions or for help deciding which brick veneer style is the right choice for your project. You can also get in touch with our support team by Tweeting us @genstoneDIY or by finding us on Facebook.

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