May 24, 2018

Over the past 6 months or so, we’ve gotten a lot of the same questions.  So much so that we thought we would write about it!  In this article, you are going to see what our most popular questions are from our potential and current customers and the answers to them.
Basically, this’ll be a one-stop shop for you to get all the faux wall paneling q’s you’ve ever had answered.

Grab a snack, kick your feet up, and get ready to be enlightened.

  • Can faux wall panels be used outside?
    Abso-freakin-lutely!  Their ability to be used outdoors is probably what makes them one of the most versatile products on the market. All of our panels are :
    *UV resistant
    *Weatherproof
    *Mold/mildew/rot resistant
    *Termite resistant
    This makes them an excellent choice for exterior paneling on the outside of a home, mobile home, mobile home skirting, outdoor shed, entry gate, business signs/marquees, fence posts, etc.
  1. Are your panels fire-rated?
    This is an excellent question.  No, not all of our panels are fire-rated.  However, we have a decent amount of our panels that can be ordered in the fire-rated material. If it is an option, there will be an option to click the ’15% additional cost for fire-rated panel’ on the website page for that particular panel.
    By selecting the fire-rated option, you are ordering a panel that looks exactly like the one photographed, however it will give you the ability to safely place it closer to a heat source.  We still recommend a distance of around 10-12” from the actual heat source for your utmost safety.By ordering fire rated panels, you are able to use them surrounding a fireplace (indoors or out), behind a wood-burning stove, or even as a kitchen backsplash behind a stovetop.
  1. How big are your panels?
    This is another excellent question.  All of our panels vary by size based on their style.  To find out the exact dimensions, simply scroll down to ‘Additional Information’ and you will find all possible specs on the panel with exact dimensions.  This will give you an excellent idea of how many panels need to be ordered so you’re able to successfully complete your project.
  1. Can your panels get wet?
    You betcha!  Our panels are made from a material called polyurethane.  Polyurethane, by nature, is a closed cell material.  This means no moisture can penetrate their surface. This makes faux wall paneling the ideal material for use in a bathroom, inside a shower, behind a bathtub or even outside around a pool!  They are easily wiped down with a damp cloth, with no harsh chemicals necessary to get them clean.
  1. How do I install the panels?
    Last but not least, many people want to know about installation.  We’ve actually created an installation guide just for you.  It is so basic, that any average Jane or Joe can complete it.  All that’s required are a few standard tools, an adhesive, and simple caulking. Most people can get the job done in a single afternoon!

We hope this article provided you the information you were looking for.  As always, feel free to contact us for further support!  [email protected] or call 800-795-3119.

May 24, 2018

Who doesn’t like a kitchen upgrade?
Yanny?  Maybe Laurel?

Most people would say: “Not me! I love a kitchen upgrade!”.  However, not everyone has the time and money to actually complete one!

Not to worry.  Enter: your dear friends at Faux Direct.  We are here to give you information on how you can accomplish a DIY kitchen upgrade in a single weekend.  While you won’t be able to sit back with your feet up while someone else does the work, you will get to save time and money, have it done quickly, and have the satisfaction of a job well done.  Doesn’t get much better than that.

    • Kitchen Backsplash
      Kitchen backsplashes are absolutely necessary.  Just think about how much stuff flies in the air when you’re cooking.  Whether you are chopping onions or stirring a pot of Mom’s Spaghetti…some of the goods are sure to make it to the wall.You don’t want to ruin your paint, right?  This is why backsplashes are a thing.  Most people have some sort of tile.  While tile looks nice, it also involves grout.  Grout is not an easy thing to clean, especially if it is light colored.  On top of that, tile is expensive and usually requires someone to put it in!
      Faux wall paneling, on the other hand, is the opposite of everything tile stands for.  First of all- it is aesthetically pleasing.  At Faux Direct, we have the option to choose from faux stone, faux brick and faux wood.  There is NO GROUT involved, and the panels are installed easily with screws and liquid nails.  They are completely waterproof, and so easy to clean.  Mom’s Spaghetti will be nothin’ for those bad boys.
    • Chalkboard Pantry
      Chalkboard paint is all the rage.  Consider re-painting the interior door of your pantry with caulk paint.  This can be a place where the kids have a creative outlet, for you to keep a running shopping list, and even a calendar to make sure everyone in the family is on the same page!
    • Magnetic Knife Strip
      Creating a magnetic knife strip is a great way to open up some counter space.  It’s a practical and stylish way of organizing your knives! Hang a little sign above it that says something cute and playful like: “The Hazards”.
    • Organize Under-the-Sink Cabinets
      Let’s face it, cabinets are a great place to shove things so they don’t have to be seen.  However, after months of this, it can become utter chaos under there.  When you actually need to find something, it can be nearly impossible! Head to the store for some inexpensive organization baskets, and separate things into categories: soaps, cleaners, rubber gloves, etc.

These simple DIY tricks can give you the kitchen upgrade you’ve been looking for in a single afternoon!

May 9, 2018

The average family spends 1 hour per day driving with up to 4 people in the home, and 2+ hours a day driving with 5+ people in the home.The average American spends 100 hours per year commuting to work. 

The average working American spends 8 hours and 46 minutes per day working and doing work-related activities.

In addition to these facts, 85% of women and 67% of men spend time each day doing household chores such as: doing dishes, laundry, cleaning, yard work, etc.

If those statistics didn’t exhaust you just from reading them, we aren’t sure what would.  It’s a wonder the average American has much time to do leisurely activities (once you factor in sleeping, eating, caring for children, etc.) let alone extra things such as remodeling a home.

However, there is a time and a place for a home remodel.  Do you find yourself in that stage currently?  For you, it may not be your entire house, but perhaps it is a room or two that need to be updated.  Regardless, finding the time (and money) to get these things accomplished can be quite a challenge.

Here are some tips on how you can save time and money on a home remodeling project:

  • Consulting books, magazines, and websites for DIY projects will absolutely save you money.  Going this route definitely requires a bit of your time, however if you don’t pay someone else to do it, you can save a pretty penny.  Consider projects such as: painting, landscaping, adding texture (accent walls, backsplashes, etc.).
  • Faux Wall Paneling.  Faux wall panels from Faux Direct are great to save on time AND money because not only are they DIY, but they are far more affordable than their authentic counterparts. You’ll not only save money by putting them in yourself, but you’ll save money on the materials themselves.  They are UV resistant, weatherproof, and resistant to all types of moisture- making them a great application both indoors and out.  They can be installed by virtually anyone, and done so in a single afternoon!
  • Consignment Shopping.Back in the day it may have been frowned upon to not purchase everything brand-spankin’ new.  However, most people understand the value of purchasing second-hand.  Consider re-used furniture, hardware, appliances, etc. when doing a remodeling project.  Visit places such as the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store before hitting up your local Home Depot.  You can even find steals on websites like Craigslist, Offer-Up and E-bay.  You can find virtually new items for a far more discounted price.  (One thing to consider: warranties will most likely NOT be included!)

 

By putting these tips into practice, you will absolutely save time AND money in your next home remodeling project!

 

May 2, 2018

In the hustle and bustle of every day life, the LAST thing you want to do is add more to your ever-increasing To-Do list.  Right!?

 

However, sometimes things around the house just have to get done.  Whether it is regular home ownership maintenance (yard work, cleaning, etc) or bigger things such as home renovation projects (prepping a house to sell, increasing the value, or just wanting an updated look), these things take time out of your daily schedule.

 

While we can’t help you with your regular home-maintenance chores, we can help you by giving you some tips and tricks on home renovation projects that will actually SAVE YOU TIME!  They have to get done regardless, but we want to help you cut down on the length of time as well as overall money spent to keep your life moving as seamlessly as possible.

 

The Key Ingredient here?

 

You guessed it: faux wall panels.

 

Faux wall paneling allows you to accomplish multiple home renovation projects, without the hassle of hiring a contractor, living in an absolute mess for days (or even weeks) on end, and for far less money than projects done with authentic stone, brick, or wood.

 

Here’s a list of several home renovation projects that can be completed in a single weekend:

 

  • Kitchen Backsplash: Kitchen backsplashes are typically a pretty lengthy process. Most people select tile that has to be cut, mortared, and grouted.  Talk about: M-E-S-S!  The kitchen can be under wraps for weeks, causing you to eat out for every meal and avoid the place like the plague!  Instead, opt for faux brick or faux stone paneling to create the perfect backsplash.  It will be 100% moisture resistant, easy to clean, and save you oodles of time and money.
  • Accent Wall: Having an accent wall is all the rage. People will typically choose to do it in order to highlight a specific feature (piece of furniture, art, etc) in a room.  Having an accent wall creates contrast and depth.  Instead of using paint (BORING), or attempting to add shiplap (thanks, but no thanks Joanna Gaines), opt for faux wood paneling!  It is easy to apply (only takes several hours), lightweight, and will transform your room by adding an immediate unique touch.
  • Bathroom: in the bathroom, people typically use faux wall paneling behind a bathtub or inside a shower. This is the perfect material to use because a) it’s waterproof and b) it’s DIY and c) it can be installed so quickly.  You can transform your bathroom by bringing it up to date with faux brick or faux stone panels over the weekend!
  • Outdoor applications: there are many outdoor uses for faux wall paneling, such as: exterior paneling, outdoor kitchen, fire place, and landscape design. No matter what you choose, selecting faux wall paneling for the material will save you tons of time and money.  And not to worry, the panels are completely weatherproof and will last for years to come!

 

With the busyness of every day life, the last thing you need is a home renovation project to add to the chaos.  Hopefully these tips gave you some ideas on how to quickly (and affordably) transform your home!

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