Completing a home project requires a lot of time, money, budgeting, and planning.  One of the many decisions you will be faced with along the journey of completing that project is what material(s) to use.  This is something that you should put a lot of effort into, as the material you choose can make or break your budget.  It can also impact the time it will take to get the job done and impact the end result and how long it lasts.

For example, if you were to create a stone fireplace or a brick accent wall, you could easily choose to use authentic stone or brick.  Right?  However, have you ever stopped to think about the implications of doing so?

First of all, authentic stone is extremely expensive.  Brick is a little more affordable, but can still run you a pretty penny.  Right off the bat you are going to have to have a large budget to complete a project like this if you choose authentic brick or stone.  Second of all, they are time consuming to apply.  Both materials require mortar followed by grout followed by a seal.  If you do not seal the material, the stone will soak up anything that is spilled/splashed on its surface.  The last thing you want is to complete a gorgeous stone fireplace and your little nephew Johnny ruins it with his cherry Icee.  Third of all, what does durability look like?  Will your stone fireplace or brick wall last forever?  Unfortunately authentic materials like this easily crack, chip, and dent.  And, as previously mentioned, they are typically porous and will soak up any little thing that they come in contact with.

FD outdoor kitchenNow, if you were to take this exact same project but choose a different material, such as polyurethane faux wall paneling, your outcome would be completely different.

First of all, polyurethane is extremely affordable.  It costs a fraction of the price to use faux stone or faux brick paneling versus the authentic counterparts.  Second of all, the application process is cake.  You can literally apply them on your own in a single afternoon using standard tools and either caulk or glue.  Third of all, the durability factor is second to none.  With polyurethane, you don’t have to worry about sealing the final project because it is impervious to moisture.  Nothing can penetrate its surface, stain it, or cause any mildew or mold growth.  Lastly, the panels will not crack, chip, or dent.

When it comes to your next home project and what materials you use, remember, the choice is yours!