When completing a home renovation project, it is important to choose your materials wisely.  For example, are you looking to create an accent wall?  Perhaps you want to create the perfect kitchen backsplash.  Or, you just wish to add some texture to the bottom portion of your hallway similar to wainscoting.  Whatever the goal may be, if you are considering the use of wood, you need to be aware of an alternate option that will save you so much time and money: faux wood paneling.

There are many advantages to using faux wood paneling.  First of all, because it is not authentic wood, it costs a whole lot less.  The installation process is also different.

Let us break it down for you.

Faux wood paneling is created from a high quality polyurethane.  The polyurethane actually begins in foam form, and is cast from authentic wood panels.  The end result, when dried, is an exact replica of the wood it is mimicking.  The panel is then painted to incorporate all of the same grains and hues of the original wood panel.  However, because the end result is not authentic wood, it is going to feel a little different.  In a good way.  The panels are extremely lightweight which enables you to install them on your own.  Authentic wood involves a lot of either nailing or wood glue, both of which can be tricky.  Most people have to end up hiring out the job, so expensive labor costs are also involved.  With faux wood paneling you can install them in a single afternoon with a few standard tools and either simple caulk or glue.

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In addition to being lightweight, there are other advantages to faux wood panels being constructed from polyurethane.  Polyurethane, by nature, is a closed cell material and is impervious to moisture.  This makes each panel resistant to mold, mildew, rot, and termites.  They are also UV resistant and weatherproof, so you can even use them outdoors.  Last but not least, they are nearly impossible to chip, dent, or split (unlike their authentic wood counterparts).   Faux Direct also offers fire rated panels so you can place them around heat sources such as a fireplace or stove.

So there you have it: many reasons why using faux wood panels are an advantage to authentic wood.  You will save time, money, and have a gorgeous end result that looks no different than real wood.  Happy fauxing!