October 24, 2015

Faux stone paneling is all the rage right now.  Why? Because it looks and feels exactly like authentic stone, but it is a fraction of the price.  At Faux Direct, we use only the top of the line polyurethane foam to cast our faux stone panels from authentic stone. All of the same grooves and textures are present in the faux panel, so you are hardly able to tell the difference.

Polyurethane by nature is a closed cell material, therefore is a natural moisture barrier. Because no form of moisture can penetrate the panel’s surface, it is impervious to the effects moisture build up has: mold, rot, and mildew.  They are also weatherproof and UV resistant, so you can even use them outdoors!

Little do some people know, how versatile these faux stone panels really are.  They can be used for so many things.  Here is just a brief list of some ideas:

  1. Pillar Covers. Sometimes you just need to spruce up the plain look.  Here is a great example of how much character these stone panels add to the bottom of the pillars on the front of this home:
  2. FD faux stone front of house

  3. Accent Wall. Accent walls are highly desired for a variety of reasons: they add a unique touch, they show case something specific (fireplace, paintings, photographs, TV, etc.), and they also help delineate certain living areas from another; such as in an open layout concept.
  4. FD faux brick fireplace

  5. Man Cave. A man cave should be cave-like, right?  Many people use faux stone paneling on the interior of their man cave to make it feel authentic and even make the ladies jealous.
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  7. Up the Stairway. The faux stone wall up the stairway gives a unique contrast to the modern staircase:
  8. Retaining Wall. Faux stone panels provide an excellent alternative to expensive building materials in the case of a retaining wall.
  9. Kitchen backsplash. Because the panels are impervious to moisture, you do not have to worry about cooking spills and splashes. They can easily be wiped off, and come in fire rated versions so they are safe to be placed around a heat source.
  10. Kitchen Island. What a way to transform a dull kitchen island through the simple addition of faux stone panels.

Head to our ‘Applications’ section on our website to find out even more ways faux stone paneling can be used either on the interior or exterior of your home or business!

October 24, 2015

Now that your faux wood panels have arrived, it is time for the installation.  This is the fun part!  It is now time to channel your inner Property Brothers, and give HGTV a run for their money.  You, my friend, are about to accomplish something great.  Something you will be able to brag about for the rest of your life.  And trust us, you will not even have to tell anyone that your wood panels are faux! Because they will look like you hired out an expensive contractor and spent thousands on materials.

First and foremost you need to make sure that your faux wood panels are exposed to the same temperature and humidity where you are applying them for at least 24 hours prior to application.  So, whether indoors or outdoors, take them out of the box and let them get used to their surroundings.  If it is outdoors, do make sure to keep them out of direct sunlight prior to installation.

After 24 hours, clean the surface where the panels will be applied with a damp cloth.  It probably doesn’t hurt to clean off the back of the panels, either.  Also, use a wire brush to make sure the surface is even as well.  Now, locate the top and bottom of each panel.  The top has a protruding lip, and the bottom has a groove.  It might be helpful to lie them down on the ground to give yourself an idea of the pattern you want.  Next, draw a straight vertical line across the wall they are being applied to, and use a level to make sure it is straight.  Here you can apply your first row of panels, and give yourself an straight line to work off of.

You will now need to cut the end of your panels by either 1/2, 1/3, or 1/4 of an inch so the seams to do not match up. This will give your faux wood the most authentic look as possible.  Apply either glue or caulk to the back of the panel prior to applying it to the wall.  Use glue for a dry area, and moisture barrier caulk if being applied to a kitchen, bathroom, or exterior.  You can add even drops, no more than 4 inches apart, leaving a 1 inch border around the perimeter.  Place the panels against the wall and secure them with screws.  You can hide the screws in the grooves and cracks of the panel.  Do this until the entire wall is covered. Upon completion, use the touch up paint to cover any screws and wipe off any excess glue or caulk.  You can now step back and enjoy your beautiful faux wood paneling project!

October 24, 2015

Ah, Spring.  A time of new beginnings, new life, and change.  The sun stays out longer, the sun shines a little brighter, and the leafless trees come to life with new growth and musical songbirds. Although Spring brings with it many good things, the unfortunate part is it only comes once a year, and only lasts 3 months.

So, what about all of the other times of the year when we still seek the change and new beginnings that Spring brings?  No problem.  You can get a jump on Spring by cheating the calendar and working ahead!  We are going to list out 5 easy kitchen remodels that you can attain all on your own in order to give your kitchen a transformation and the change you are seeking.

FD faux brick kitchen backsplash

 

  1. Re-Paint the Walls. This does not have to be a daunting task!  Get your hands on some painting tape, and take your favorite shade of paint from Benjamin Moore to Lowe’s and they will color-match it for half the price.  Invite a few friends over, order pizza, and pour the wine.  Before you know it you will have had an awesome night with friends and a side benefit of a newly painted kitchen!
  2. Swap Out the Hardware. Often times kitchens can look incredibly dated.  The best deals on homes are the ones that take a little elbow grease to become attractive.  An easy, simple way to update your kitchen is by swapping out the hardware.  You can often find sales on these types of items on websites such as com, overstock.com, and Amazon.
  3. Add a Fresh Coat of White to Cabinets. White paint just screams: clean, open, crisp.  It is an excellent way to unify the entire room because it goes with everything.  White cabinets are easy to wipe down and keep clean, and a fresh coat of paint will leave them looking brand new.
  4. Use Faux  Stone Panels for a Backsplash. Adding a back splash does not have to be expensive.  At com we offer the highest quality polyurethane faux stone paneling.  Faux stone panels are an excellent way to add an affordable and durable backsplash.  Our faux stone panels are impervious to the effects of moisture, so no need to fret about cooking splashes or spills.  They are easily cleaned off, fire rated so they can be used around heat sources, and will look amazing for years to come.
  5. Reuse and Recycle. Another way to save money and add a unique flare to your kitchen.  Go antiquing for old pendant lights that can be spray painted to look new.  Refurbish items such as cast-off hardware-store counters as a kitchen island.  Recover old barstools and chairs in leu of buying new and leave your green thumbprint behind in the process!

5 easy ways to remodel your kitchen for a fraction of the price, and bring on an exciting change long before Spring arrives! Head to our applications section to read up on more ideas where you can use faux stone panels for an exciting home or business renovation.

October 24, 2015

First things first: faux stone paneling.  It is awesome.  If you did not know, well now you know.  It is the go-to, choice product when revamping interior decor.  Why?  Not to worry, for we are going to tell you 5 things you did not know about faux stone panels.

  1. They are Affordable! Because they look fancy, you may be inclined to think they have associated fancy pricing.  However, this just isn’t the case.  Faux stone panels are so highly affordable it’s not even funny.  For example, our Holtina Fieldstone panels cost $127.99 each and cover approximately 9.22 square feet.  A standard room is 12’ long with an 8’ ceiling, which equates to 96 square feet.  Therefore, you would need 10.4 panels (we will round up to 11) to cover a standard wall, running you a total of $1,407.89 (plus tax and shipping).  Authentic stone costs on average of $20 per square foot.  To cover an entire wall, just for materials you will spend $1,920.  Not to mention the mortar and the labor costs of getting it installed.
  2. They are made from Polyurethane. This is important to know, because it is what gives them their authentic look and their high durability.  Each panel is cast from authentic stone, so they will have all of the same grooves and textures as the real deal.  Also, polyurethane is closed-cell by nature, so no moisture can penetrate it’s surface.
  3. They can be installed on your own! Yep, that’s right, they are DIY.  And who doesn’t want to be a part of a good DIY project these days?  You will not have to pay for labor costs, and can install your own faux stone paneling project within a matter of hours.  Imagine your pride when you step back and admire that beautiful handiwork.
  4. They are durable! As previously mentioned, due to the Polyurethane, they are impervious to the effects of moisture. This means: no mold, no mildew, and no rot.  They are also UV resistant and weatherproof, so feel free to use them outdoors as well.
  5. They look real! Because they are cast from the authentic materials, they look and feel the same. Not even the most observant of people will recognize your stone wall is keeping a secret.

There you go, friends.  5 facts you did not know about faux stone panels, now known.  Please go on and boast of your new knowledge, and check out our huge selection of faux stone paneling in our products section.

October 22, 2015

Although it is probably not a part of your daily vocabulary, no doubt you have heard the word polyurethane.  It is a widely used material in many products due to its versatility and high quality makeup.  At Faux Direct we rely on it to give us the same great look and feel of authentic brick, wood, and stone in our faux paneling.

We use a high quality polyurethane foam to create each of our panels.  It is placed in an actual cast of either brick, stone, or wood so each panel will look and feel exactly the same.  All of the authentic grooves, curves, cracks, and textures will be incorporated into each panel we manufacture.  The authentic look of our panels is what seals the deal when people choose to use them in leu of the more traditional, authentic products.  Why spend more money when you can get the same great look for less?

Faux Panel

 

Polyurethane is extremely durable.  Because by nature polyurethane is a closed cell material, it is impervious to the effects of moisture.  Moisture of any type will not penetrate the surface of our faux wall panels.  This is not the case with traditional materials such as wood. For example, wood is extremely porous.  When wood gets wet, it has no choice but to absorb all of that moisture into all of its cavities.  The result?  Bowed, warped wood.  Your entire project is ruined and most likely will need to be replaced.  Although it looks gorgeous, it really is not worth it in the long run.  With our faux wall panels, you will never have to worry about moisture affecting the quality and composition of your faux wall panels.  This goes for weather too! You can use them outside and not have to fret about rainstorms, snow, or ice.

Another durable aspect of polyurethane is that due to the fact that it is impervious to moisture, it is impossible to get mold or mildew buildup nor will it rot.  What a relief! Also, it is UV resistant, so the sun will not fade your panels if you place them outside in direct sunlight.

At Faux Direct we also have fire rated polyurethane panels.  These are ideal to use when placing your panels around a heat source, such as a fireplace.  They are designed to withstand the effects of heat in order to keep your fireplace looking amazing for years to come.

Last but not least, unlike traditional materials, polyurethane is affordable.  You will be able to cover up to 9 square feet in a single faux panel for a fraction of the cost of authentic wood, stone, or brick.

In the end, when choosing your next home design project, faux is the way to go thanks to the power of polyurethane!

October 22, 2015

You placed the order for your faux wall panels and within 3-5 business days received them in the mail.  The time has now come for you to complete your much anticipated DIY project.  Not to worry, for you are not alone.  We are going to walk you through the process and in a few short hours you will have the faux paneled wall of your dreams.

First and foremost you need to make sure that your faux wall panels are exposed to the same temperature and humidity where you are applying them for at least 24 hours prior to application.  So, whether indoors or outdoors, take them out of the box and let them get used to their surroundings.  If it is outdoors, do make sure to keep them out of direct sunlight prior to installation.

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Once the 24 hours has passed, it is now time to clean your surface.  Using a damp cloth, wipe down the wall or surface where your panels will be placed.  If necessary, use a wire brush to make sure there are no uneven areas so they look as uniform as possible.   Take your panels and locate the top and the bottom.  The top of the panel has a protruding lip and the bottom will have a groove.  You will need to cut the end of your panels by either 1/2, 1/3, or 1/4 of an inch so the seems to do not match up.  (If using River Rock you must cut 1/3 inch both horizontally and vertically.) This will give your stone the most authentic look as possible.

Draw a vertical line across the wall using a level and place your first row of panels along that line.  You will then be able to place them above and below that line with the assurance that they will all be straight and level.  Apply either glue or caulk to the back of the panel prior to applying it to the wall. You can add even drops, no more than 4 inches apart, leaving a 1 inch border around the perimeter.  Use caulk for a moisture barrier if placing the panels in a bathroom, kitchen, or outdoors.  Use glue for areas that will not come in contact with moisture.

Place the panels against the wall and secure them with screws.  You can hide the screws in the grooves and cracks of the panel.  Do this until the entire wall is covered. Upon completion, use the touch up paint to cover any screws and wipe off any excess glue or caulk.  You can now step back and enjoy your beautiful faux stone project!

 

October 20, 2015

Landscaping can make all the difference when it comes to curb appeal.  Let’s be honest, people judge things by their cover.  It is so true!  If you are selling your home and have an open house, statistically you will have more visitors if your house has curb appeal than if the landscaping was poor and not maintained.  The facts are the facts.

Not only is landscaping great for curb appeal, but also so homeowners can enjoy the atmosphere themselves.  How nice after a long day at work to sit outside with a glass of wine and watch the sunset.  It helps when you have beautiful surroundings to admire.  People decorate and landscape because of the way it makes them feel!  Simply having a mowed lawn, a few flowers and trimmed bushes can make all the difference.

In addition to personal landscaping, landscaping is also a highly important feature for businesses.  It is imperative to maintain the premises because it gives people an idea of who you are and what you are all about.  The quality of your building, the quality of your landscaping, and the way your staff interacts with others all add up together to create your corporate image and are a reflection of your professionalism.  Although landscaping is just a piece of that makeup, do not overlook it!

We have a way for you to take your landscaping to a whole new level: through the use of faux stone and brick panels. They can be used in so many ways!

Check out these faux stone fence posts:

FD stone fence posts

 

Here someone used our faux Stone panels to create a retaining wall:

FD stone retaining wall

 

These customers made a huge statement with their gorgeous faux stone entry gate:

FD stone entry gate

 

Look at how the simple addition to stone on the front of this home and bottom of the columns make their home look so unique:

FD faux stone front of house

 

The best part about using our faux Stone panels in your landscaping, whether at your home or business, is the fact that they are designed to withstand the effects of weather, both hot and cold.  Rain or shine, snow or ice, these babies can handle it all.  Because they are constructed from a high quality polyurethane, they are impervious to the effects of moisture.  This means no mold, no mildew, and no rot. They are affordable, and you can install them all on your own! Consider the addition of our faux stone panels to add pizazz to your landscaping and create lust worthy curb appeal.

October 16, 2015

Faux Brick Interior WallwhitelogoLearning comes in many forms: reading books, watching documentaries, real life experiences, and so on. As long as we are alive we will continue to learn. An attitude of teachability will actually get you pretty far in life. People like to hire those that are ‘green’ because their attitude is generally a lot different from those that are seasoned. They are more open to new concepts, ideas, and implementing change. If you are one of those people who think you know everything there is to know, well friend, you are wrong. We are going to tell you 5 things you did not know about faux brick wall panels. Try and have an open mind, read on, and expand your faux brick horizons.

  1. They are cheap! Who said having brick walls had to be expensive? Well, maybe if you are using authentic brick. In that case, you will probably spending around $15 per sq/ft. You will also have to spend money on building materials, equipment rentals, and labor costs. With our Chicago Brick faux wall panels, you will only spend around $10 per square foot. If you do the math, you will spend considerably less money installing a faux brick wall vs. a real brick wall.
  2. They are durable! Our faux brick panels are designed to withstand the effects of weather, both hot and cold. They are not only for indoor use, but outdoor use as well. Rain, shine, snow, ice, you name it- your faux wall panels will be able to endure it. They are highly resistant to cracks and chips as well, so you can count on them to look great for years to come. Lastly, they are UV resistant. Mr. Golden Sun will not be able to destroy the colors of your brick paneling with his bright rays.
  3. They are impervious to moisture! Our faux wall panels are constructed from a high quality polyurethane foam. Polyurethane is a closed cell material, so moisture is not allowed in. This means no mold, mildew, or rot.
  4. They are easy to clean! Because of the facts mentioned above, they are very easy to wipe down. If you use faux brick panels in the kitchen and sauce splashes out of the pan onto your wall, no big deal! Grab a damp rag and it will easily wipe off. No harsh chemicals needed.
  5. They are DIY! Yep, you heard us. You too can compete a DIY project with our lightweight and easy to install faux brick wall panels. You will receive a step by step tutorial, and can complete a project within a matter of hours. All that is required are basic tools, caulk or glue, and willpower.

So there you go, now you know something you did not know five minutes ago. Keep on learning friends, and consider using faux brick wall panels for your next home or business makeover!

October 15, 2015

Many things are added to landscaping, some for specific purpose and some just for the sake of aesthetic appeal. Retaining walls are unique in that they serve both purposes; they are often used in landscaping to support a portion of the ground that is higher than the rest, separate different levels of the landscape, and are also a highly aesthetically pleasing addition to a yard.  The problem with retaining walls is that they are incredibly costly.  It can cost up to $40 per square foot just for the brick itself.  This is not factoring in tools, equipment rentals, and labor costs.  Unless you are a handyman and can do something like this on your own, you are either going to spend a pretty penny or you are going to look into other options.  Some people might even give up and relinquish the idea all together.

At Faux Direct, we have a solution for you retaining wall seekers.  You can actually use faux brick walls to achieve the same overall function and look of an authentic brick retaining wall.  By choosing Faux Direct, you can add faux brick walls to your landscaping to create an amazing retaining wall in a matter of hours.  Here are a few reasons why faux is the way to go:

  1. Affordable. You will spend $40 per sq/ft in authentic brick or $10.65 per sq/ft with the Chicago Brick panel. Each panel is $71.99 and covers approximately 6.85 sq/ft.
  2. Easy to apply. Each panel is lightweight and comes with a tutorial so you can install it all on your own.  What’s required?  Standard tools, caulk or glue, and some willpower.
  3. Durable.  Because each panel is constructed from a high quality polyurethane foam, they are resistant to moisture.  This keeps them from the ability to develop mold, rot, or mildew.  They are also weatherproof, and UV resistant.
  4. Authentic look. Although they aren’t real, they look and feel real.  Each panel is cast from authentic brick so it features the same realistic contours and textures.

retaining wall

The photo above features a retaining wall that was done using faux brick panels.  It has the same great look as real brick and also serves the same purpose by separating varying depths of the landscaping.  This person was able to install the panels all by himself, and in the end saved thousands of dollars by going faux.

October 15, 2015

In the home renovation world, brick is used for many a different project. Brick is often added to a plain wall to create an accent wall in order to provide clear delineation from room to room in an open concept floor plan. Brick is sometimes added to portions of the outside of a home, such as just on corners, on front posts, on just the front facing wall of the home, and sometimes on all sides of the home. Brick is used around fireplaces to give them a rustic, homier feel. Brick is used on the inside of wine cellars, walls of basements, and even sometimes used as a back splash in a kitchen.

Faux Brick Wall

Whatever the choice for placement is, we can all agree that brick is a highly commonly used material in adding aesthetic appeal to homes, business buildings, restaurants, and even monument signs. A newer concept that is being adapted by many is the use of faux brick during the renovation, makeover, and decorating process. Faux brick walls are far more beneficial to use in leu of the real deal for a variety of reasons:
 

  1. Longevity.  The problem with authentic brick is that it tends to easily chip and crack. We all know accidents happen, but when one happens to involve your newly designed accent wall the consequences can be quite costly. Our faux Chicago Brick panels are constructed from a high quality polyurethane material that is guaranteed to look great for years to come. They will not chip or crack as real brick would.
  2. Durability.  Our faux wall panels are weather proof, UV resistant, and also impervious to the effects of moisture. This equates to no mildew, rot, or mold buildup. Can the same be said for authentic brick?
  3. Affordability. Authentic brick generally costs around $40 per square feet. Each of our Chicago Brick panels are $71.99 and cover 6.85 square feet. You do the math
  4. DIY.  Faux wall panels are very user friendly, lightweight, and easy to apply all on your own.
  5. Authentic Look. Although the faux brick wall is not real, it looks and feels real because it was cast from authentic brick using polyurethane foam. The cast captures all of the realistic textures and grooves that you would see in authentic brick.

In the end the choice is yours. Now that you understand the benefits of faux, we hope you choose Faux Direct and create a gorgeous faux brick wall on your own that will look great for years to come and save you money in the process!

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