The Benefits of Using Faux Brick
If you're looking to add some character to your home, you may be considering faux brick panels. They are a great way to match existing brickwork with minimal cost and effort, however, it can be difficult to determine which type of product will work best for your project. Sometimes there is existing brick already in a space so matching existing brick comes into play too. In this guide we'll cover the pros and cons of each option so that you can make an informed decision when adding brick to a space.
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Making the decision to purchase a faux brick product is an easy choice when you take into account the benefits of this product.
When you take into consideration that faux brick is an easy-to-install, lightweight & DIY friendly product that gives you the opportunity to save money on your project, making the decision to purchase it becomes a no-brainer. Faux brick panels are also available in a variety of styles and colors which allow more choice when matching up to existing brick. Whether you want something more traditional or a specific color, there's sure to be a faux brick panel that will work for your needs.
The benefits of choosing a lightweight and DIY friendly brick panel are numerous.
Installation of faux brick panels is easy as panels can be nailed, screwed, or glued using an adhesive. Being extremely lightweight, they are easy to install because they're made from pouring high-density polyurethane into a mold that was cast from real brick. This easy to install brick option is a lot easier than heavy-duty stucco or real brickwork.
Similarities between faux & real bricks: shape! Rectangular blocks vary slightly depending on type but generally follow the same basic dimensions across both kinds. Although the convenience of faux brick is obvious the panels do tend to be more expensive than real brick. It's important to note that the savings is actually in the installation itself. Faux brick panels can be installed for a fraction of the cost of real brick. Installation is easy and doesn't require any special skills, equipment or high cost labor. There is no need to contact your contractor or local bricklayer to schedule the work. The lightweight nature of these panels makes them easier to transport as well. You can use them outside and indoors depending on which product you use. For example our Classic Brick panels are for interior use only. Our Modern Brick panels can be used for both interior or exterior applications.
Choosing faux brick panels that will match your existing brick or wall color without much effort.
When installing faux brick panels, you should consider whether the color is right. In a lot of cases, people choose dark reds or dark browns because they’re easy to match with other colors. However, these colors can look strong on their own. If you have a lot of space on your wall, consider using lighter shades such as white or beige. Faux brick panels are designed to match the color of common shades of bricks used in residential and commercial construction. They are available in different textures, from smooth to rough-hewn, that can be selected based on whether you want a worn & distressed look or something more modern and contemporary.
To find the right color, first you'll have to do some research on the brick you're trying to match. Normally you can use your existing bricks as a reference point to color match. Another way to match colors is to understand where your real bricks came from. The reason why there are color variations in real brick is due to the fact that the materials sourced to make them come from different regions. For example red bricks are red because clay gives brick the classic red color that can range in tone from scarlet to deep burgundy. There are also many geological factors that affect the color of red clay as well. Getting red bricks from Italy are going to have a much different hue compared to red bricks from Chicago. Also, the longer the clay is heated, the darker the red tone becomes. Darker brick tends to have a more uniform tone.
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Once you have selected a faux brick panel based on these criteria, installation should be fairly straightforward: just add the brick panels to any surface where they would look natural! Mortar-style caulking is then used to create seamless joints between each panel and to hide hardware such as screws/bolts, which might otherwise detract from aesthetic appearance.
If you want to match the color of your existing brickwork and save yourself the hassle of dealing with third parties, then faux brick panels are definitely a great option to consider.
These panels offer a lot of advantages that traditional brick products have to offer without all of the drawbacks. From their lightweight nature and ease of installation, they are perfect for DIY enthusiasts or those who need an affordable alternative that still looks great.