Category Archives: Innovative Faux Brick Panels Applications

How To Use Faux Brick Panels To Wrap An Existing Post Or Column

We all have seen, in our own home or in other places, those ugly metal or wood posts used to hold a porch or the load bearing beams in a basement.

before wrapping with faux brick panels
Before wrapping with faux brick panels

In most cases people use faux wraps to clad these posts and make them look like real brick. In some cases the size of these pre-made faux brick wraps is either too large or too small. This doesn’t mean we have to give up. With the help of faux brick panels you can make your own size wrap around any size post or column.

The beauty of these panels is that you are not limited to a specific look. You may make the column larger at the bottom and tapered toward the top.

This is accomplished by mitering and beveling the cuts on each piece installed.

To start you should deiced the overall size you want, to this dimension subtract the thickness of the brick panel and come up with the size of the frame or box to build around the existing posts.
You can also make a more narrow size column by avoiding building the frame and install the panels directly over the post.

You may build the box or frame out of plywood – for exterior use we recommend marine plywood or pressure treated wood.

Pre-Made faux brick wraps
Pre-Made faux brick wraps

At this point pick a starting point and use the left side of the first panel.

When you reach the first corner of the frame go on the back of the panel and make a pencil line right at the corner. This is where you will be miter-cutting the faux brick panels.

Mark the back of the brick panel and cut here
Mark the back of the brick panel and cut here

Using a table saw or a circular saw make the 45 degree cut with the good size of the panel facing down. You want to angle the saw so that the back of the panel will have the shorter side of the cut. You also want to take the least possible material out of the front side of the Use brick panels to wrap any material.
The left over piece is not waste, rather is the piece you will need next.

Take this piece and miter it again to match the angle of the previous pieces. This should leave you with a triangle-shaped piece of material.

Miter the other half of the brick panels to match the angle
Miter the other half of the brick panels to match the angle

At this point you may put the two mitered pieces together to check the quality of the cut. If they meet nicely you can proceed to mark the right side with a pencil, right were the second corner of the frame is.

Continue these steps until you have completely wrapped the first row of panels around the box/frame.

For every row of brick panels you should stagger the seams so that they don’t always line up in the same vertical line.

Now you should use a sanding block to smooth out and blend together the individual bricks at the very tip of each corner. Cover the sanded areas with caulking and when dry apply some paint from the Touch-up Kit available for ordering online.

Sand and touch up the corner areas
Sand and touch up the corner areas

You are not bound by any rule when using faux brick panels from fauxstonedepot.com because their versatility and flexibility is unmatched by any other product that looks as realistic as this.

Enjoy!

 

Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Most homeowners in the US and around the world spend a huge amount of time thinking and planning ways to improve the curb appeal of their hard-earned home.

Coral Stone Panels Outdoor
Coral Stone Panels Outdoor

Some start from the landscaping and move to the look of the façade and the replacement of cheap siding. This has to be a careful process because choosing cheap materials to replace an already low quality product can have adverse consequences.

Siding Made Easy
Siding Made Easy

The type of siding we often see is vinyl, wood or aluminum. We all know how much maintenance wood requires and what wood peckers and bugs can do to it. Aluminum and vinyl are not really a good representation of wood, stone or brick.

If these are the look you have in mind you may want to consider

A great use of panels of imitation stone
A great use of panels of imitation stone

stone wall paneling and faux brick wall panels that have been designed and created with the above limitation from other materials. These panels have been designed to look absolutely real and without the need to constantly maintain them. As mentioned, you may want to take your time to choose a product you won’t have to replace after a couple of years.

One other reason for using products that are fake, panels that are easy to install and a stone look that is very realistic is the fact that you will add an extra insulation layer to your walls. Vinyl and particularly aluminum don’t provide any insulation. With faux stone and brick paneling you actually add a R5 factor to your insulation.

Faux brick applied to and outdoor skirting
Faux brick applied to and outdoor skirting

When planning to spend your hard-earned dollars toward your home you also need to consider the cost of installation. These brick and stone panels can be installed quickly and easily, even by the homeowner. Even if they decide to hire someone, they won’t be stuck with an exorbitant bill. You can tell your contractor how easy they are to install so they can’t really make up numbers.

Panels can be installed over virtually any surface; things you can’t say about stone veneer.

Some of the “real” stone are actually blocks of molded concrete. Both materials are intrinsically going to absorb moisture, which will eventually freeze and crack. Even in areas where the climate doesn’t drop below 23 degrees F you will still see black lines, which are the result of mold growing on the wall.

So, in conclusion, take your time and order samples from various vendors to see all the various options out there.

The Convenient Way To Use Faux Brick Panels To Outfit Stores And Displays.

One of the biggest challenges for boutiques and any store outfitter has always been finding the right material to build dividers and displays that are easy to move and rearrange.

It is already expensive enough to create a sharp-looking display that looks like real brick. One thing store owners want to avoid is to hire a contractor to move a display somewhere else.

Brick Display

If you offer retail services and fabrication and have used faux brick panels before you can appreciate its qualities.

When using panels that weigh very little, without compromising the quality and strength, moving and rearranging displays around a retail store is simply a matter of hours. There are imitation products that are specifically designed to create an amazing and realistic look. When customers in walk in the store they will quickly get the feel of an old brick building and appreciate its charm without noticing that the walls are just panels.

 

White Faux Brick Panel In A Store
White Faux Brick Panel In A Store

white-brick

Recreating an old urban look or a reclaimed, old Chicago brick using faux brick panels today becomes an easy task; anyone can create a brick display without having to count on a mason or brick layer.

Imitation brick can be installed directly on a metal display frame with screws. If you need to create a return or a corner you can quickly miter-cut the panel at 90 degrees and glue the pieces together or use a pre-made interlocking corner piece. You’ll be amazed by the ease of use.

If you are simply creating a backdrop or a full wall you can also install panels of faux brick directly on the studs or existing surface without having to prepare them.

Chicago Reclaimed Brick Look

These panels work particularly well when display makers for trade shows want a product that can be installed quickly, modular and that can be reused in the next show.

You can say this about regular brick. Thin brick, as well, cannot be removed and reused.

There is an unstoppable trend that is revolutionizing the way new retail environments are built.