Tips To Make Brick And Stone Installation Easier.

Aside from supplying what we consider the most cost efficient and easy to install faux stone we also want our customers to be completely happy with their purchase and the installation process.

We’ll show you some tips and tricks to make your house renovation a much more enjoyable process.

One question we get often concerns the substrate for creating a faux stone wall on a house façade.

Many modern constructions use a house wraps that helps keep moisture out and insulate the home from heat and cold. Although this wrap is a great advantage in many aspects, it can also create a challenge to those who try to install faux stone, vinyl siding or gluing any kind of material.

Substrate Used To Install Stone And Brick.
Substrate Used To Install Stone & Brick.

In most cases the adhesive that you use in the back of stone panels will not really do much to hold the panel in place. This is not a problem since you can use a few more screws to secure the panels.

One of the great features of faux brick and stone panels is the texture. Using the crevices of the stone and the grout lines you may easily drive screw through the panel without have to predrill the product. Once the screws are in place you may easily cover the head with a color-matching caulking or use our touch-up kit to paint over it.

Because of the fact that you cannot use the adhesive in the back we suggest to glue the panels well where they interlock and overlap with each other.

Outlet And Switches
When covering your walls with some materials like stone, that have an uneven texture and surface, you will be faced with a specific challenge. When you install the face plate over these products you may end up with noticeable gaps behind them.

Some customers have attempted to cut into the stones that stick out the most in order to create a more flat surface. This may seem a good choice at first but once the job is completed you will be left with and unnatural look.

Stone Outlet And Switch Box
Summary Of A Stone Outlet Trim Box Installation

What we have designed is a box that can be installed in the panels and that have a flat front on which you may install light switches, receptacles, light fixtures or water bibs.

All you need to do is follow the detailed instruction that will show you how to install them in a few easy steps.

  • Cut a hole in the panels that corresponds to the electrical box on the wall
  • Remove the receptacle / light switch from the electrical box
  • Install the panel
  • Cut a hole in the Switch Box small enough to let the receptacle go through it
  • Install the Switch Box with some adhesive and staples / screws
  • Feed the wires and switches from the wall outlet through the small hole created
  • Screw the receptacle over the Switch Box and re-install the face plate.
Completed Installation Of The Switch Box
Completed Installation Of The Switch Box

Make sure to remember that customer service is a click or a phone call away. We hope you’ll find our tips useful!

What House Flippers Need To know

Flipping houses has proven to be a very lucrative smart practice.

Usually he investors will take it upon themselves to renovate the house, doing as much work as they can in order to save on labor cost and to have control over the whole process. Renovating the house is just the first step of turning it into a unique and beautiful home. The second step is putting it on the market and get that big sale that enables the business to flourish.

Home Remodeled With Stone
Home Remodeled With Stone

A vast number of businesses that flip houses now utilize the faux stone panels and columns or faux brick panels that accentuate everything from the backyard to the kitchen. The return on the investment is beyond what many people may expect.

Creating a unique style and great atmosphere sells the house faster and at a better price then regular boring houses that just look like they fixed the essentials. Creating that exposed brick look at a fraction of the price and time can rapidly increase the speed of which they finish the house and turn it into am appealing masterpiece.

This is thanks, in part, to faux stone panels because they are easy to install and do not require any extensive training. They give the house a great facelift and can easily turn the house into the envy of the neighborhood. By adding the panels the house flippers are giving them a great selling point because not only does the incredibly realistic look of stone entice people but it also adds some functional characteristics and can help offer the home at a more affordable price.

The Material That Provides Insulation
MItered Faux Stone Panels

The panels provide an additional insulation at a rating of approximately R-5. So, not only do they add a great quality to the house, but they add a functional piece to it. The panels do not require expensive installation equipment like wet saws. In addition, the businesses that flip houses can avoid using an expensive contractor which usually inflates the price. Who wouldn’t consider a house over another is the energy cost is reduced?

Altogether, faux stone and brick panels have come a long way since the original imitation stone panels. Our panels and accessories utilize the most advanced painting procedure possible. The realistic quality draws in people’s eyes and steals their hearts by turning a plain house into a beautiful one. People who flip houses are always looking for cost effective ways to make their next investment a success. Our faux stone or veneer is the best way to help you achieve this goal.

Stone Post Accents
Stone Post Accents

By customizing the home after a much needed renovation this will not only look great but have a special feature that separate from the rest of the houses home buyers are checking out. This will give that added incentive to buyers and that’s why it helps make house flippers a lot of money.

Five Reasons To Use Fake over Real Brick.

People have been finding out that faux stone is better! Many homeowners or business owners have been using faux stone instead of real stone for their home and business renovations! See why you should too!

Imitation Vs Real
Cut Faux Stone Polyurethane
  1. Desirable Installation Perks: Faux Stone Panels are lightweight and easy to install. With simple woodworking tools, you can make virtually any adjustments by simply cutting it to the desired shape and dimensions. With adhesive and screws you have the look of days worth of work in a few hours and with lower labor costs if you do the project yourself.
  2. Get that Consistent Look: For a pattern with no variation in the grout lines the Faux Stone panels are a great choice! Faux Stone brick typically comes in panels that interlock together and give you a consistent and unified look despite the various persons and time frames that go into working on your project.
  3. Minimal Maintenance Needs: Faux Stone does not stain easily, there is no grout deterioration to deal with and no chipping away at the crumbling layers of aging stones. Even better, you can find these panels UV and water resistant and can even keep color lasting longer.
  4. Look of Real Stone: Faux Stone panels are made out of moldings that are created with the use of real stone. The molding creates a very real shape and texture taken from the actual stone which leaves the panel looking and feeling as realistic as the real thing.
  5. Affordable: The manufacturing process and material of the product allows Faux Stone to be much more affordable than real stone, yet with more advantages, including the savings on labor to install the products. Installation of these products are so simple that the cost of installation is reduced significantly.

Overall, Faux Stone is more affordable as well as convenient without putting a hole in your pockets for the look that you want.


Accent Walls – Work Of Arts!

Painting is a great way to update a room with a great amount of impact. To add visual interest to a dull room, try just painting one wall a different color entirely.

Choosing A Wall

Grey Ledgestone Backsplash
Grey Ledgestone Backsplash

First things first, pick the wall that will be the focal point of the room that you’re thinking of perking up!  Great focal points are often fireplaces, a large window, or behind a bed’s headboard.  Becoming visually dramatic, an accent wall will change the mood as soon as you walk into your home.  It’s not only the latest trend, but it also allows you to give your home a mini-make over, if you’re on a budget or short on time.

Finally choosing just the right color for your work of art!

Picking colors can be fun and an artistic expression that highlights your personality. You have to take into account all of your surroundings whether it’s an interior space or an exterior space. How the light interacts with the primary surface and the secondary surfaces plays an important role, as well as, architectural features.

Make sure to apply a primer before you paint a light color over a dark color, or want to cover up a semi-gloss or gloss finish. It helps the paint to adhere and smooth out the surface to be painted. The only time you may not need to prime is if you’re painting a darker color over a matte white wall.

Neutral furniture colors
Neutral furniture colors

Choose a subtle color scheme. To make the room feel more spacious, stick with white, off-white, or very light greens, blues, or yellows for the walls. Dark colored walls, like blue or red will only make the room seem smaller and stuffier.

Use neutral colors like beige, gray, or brown for furniture, using accent pieces like throw pillows, throw blankets, accent chairs, or pieces of artwork adds color. This way, you can add color without creating a cluttered look.

It’s an inexpensive do-it-yourself project that will heighten the visual interest of your living space.

Why Retail Stores Need Imitation Brick

Creating an attractive and inviting look is essential to the success of any retail outlet. Many stores utilize different designs to create the best possible look for their businesses. Using unique approaches can help maintain a special presence, which helps customers feel better about shopping in their store.

Modern Brick Design For Retail Store
Modern Brick Design For Retail Store

Popular retailers use different designs to test their clientele’s response. Creating an attractive and inviting look is essential to the success of any retail outlet.

Using unique approaches can help maintain a special presence which helps customers feel better about shopping in their store. Clothing stores use special colors or designs to establish their brand of clothing or product. This brand is the first way people become acquainted with their product which is why it is so important to make a good impression. Creating a memorable design helps attract more business.

The ideas stated above outline the reasons for many retail outlets to use brick or stone in their designs for displays. Rugged sports shops like to show off a rugged outdoorsy look for their displays. Urban clothing stores like to create urban designs for their customers to help create the brand. Now they can easily create that look without the large expense of using traditional methods which can also take a very long time.

Each color and texture adds an effect to the display making the clients enjoy the style of the brand. This helps separate that store from the pack and increase business for them. Using natural brick design is costly and too time consuming to reproduce that look in different locations. Try painting different colors or use elaborate lighting and displays to catch attention. This is a big mistake because with the faux brick panels store designers can avoid the large cost of using traditional methods and open up earlier. Now designers can create a hip new store that attracts consumers and establishes the brand at the same time.

Renovating or building a store is very expensive if they are using the old methods of construction. The old methods of construction include using old brick laying techniques for veneer projects. If store owners decided to create the brick look for their store they would have to pay a mason and a contractor a ton of money for their time, specialized tools, and knowledge. This can force most stores to drop that idea from their budget and create a boring blank store with no unique qualities.

Old fashioned Brick Laying
Old fashioned Brick Laying

Fortunately, retail stores across the world they can now renovate without being bogged down by old methods. Designers can use the imitation brick for their displays. Imitation brick is a polyurethane composite that enables people to make hardened panels of brick veneer molds. These panels can cover about ten square feet or more within one minute which reduces labor time to such a low fraction that people can save thousands of dollars on any kind of project.

Great companies like Faux Stone Depot have created an exact representation of brick veneer molds in a dozen different colors. With real grout lines and thick exposed brick styles retail stores can create special displays that attract customers’ eyes, as well as, their wallets. Using imitation brick panels enables store owners to simply adhere the panels on the wall themselves.

Using brick panels can save them a ton of time and help them to open the store faster which equals more profit. Not only do they look great, but they can help designers create a longer list of creative applications that can help the stores look and feel great. Imitation or fake brick panels can help any blank and boring store become one of the most popular retail outlets in their area by simply using these panels to help create the brand.

Retail Store With Brick Design
Retail Store With Brick Design

This brand is the first way people become acquainted with any product and creating a memorable design helps attract more business.

Imitation or fake brick panels can help any blank and boring store become one of the most popular retail outlets in their area by simply using these panels to help create the brand.




Do You Think Natural Stone Veneer Lasts Long? Think Again.

Ready To Renovate? Do Not Hesitate

House Under Renovation
House Under Renovation

Thousands of businesses from hotel developers to interior designers love the traditional and beautiful look of stone or exposed brick. When people decide to renovate their home or business and they are looking to create a stone or brick look they immediately think that the natural products are stronger then the alternatives.

This is a misconception that is slowly being reversed because of the problems that arise with traditional masonry projects. When building or renovating stray away from conventional methods in order to avoid problems in the future.

Stereotypes lead most people to use natural elements because that is all they are familiar with. People have the strong sense that stone is stronger then its alternatives. This is a big mistake because the porous characteristics of natural elements make it easier for them to get dirty. The stones get mildew inside of it and make it very hard to clean. Polyurethane stone panels do not have this problem because of the closed cell structure. Thake a quick look at the catalog:

The image below shows at how badly the stone has been discolored. This is a great example of natural stone veneer and why it is not good to use on projects that are exposed to water on a consistent basis.

Heavy Stone
Heavy Stone

Stone Veneer Projects Take A Lot Of Time 

Stone veneer projects require a lot of time to install due the need for a stone cutting saws, mortar, grout and time for the mortar to dry correctly. Although, there have been many advances in the stone industry nothing can change the chemical makeup of the stone or how long it takes to install. The faster the pace, the more damage may occur in the future due to loose fitting stones.

Gray stone veneer
Gray Stone Veneer Example

There are stone veneer slabs that have been sold in smaller sections in order to attract more customers, but the price and installation is still very expensive compared to the new alternatives available. Stone veneer like the white quartz in the picture can run about $14 a square foot. Even with this method the choices in style and color are still very limited.

Another addition to the material cost is the installation procedure which requires a mason. This issue can double the price per square foot. Another added cost is the equipment that may need to be rented for the project if a contractor is not being used. If somebody wanted to tackle the job themselves they may not have all the tools necessary so they would have to rent the equipment.

The maintenance of stone veneer is also very expensive because it requires a mason to come out to the site and make specific cuts and seal the whole surface. The repairs cost as much as the installation especially if the project is using a different mason than the one who installed it.

Fortunately, with the advances made in chemistry and technology there are many alternatives that side step the nightmare of using old stone. Avoid the headaches and the mess by checking out the alternatives before renovating to save money and time. Stone does not compare to the benefits of using imitation stone panels.

Roof Repair Made Easy

Fixing a leaky roof is a hard task because it requires a keen eye. Finding the leak is the biggest obstacle in any roof repair. Finding the leak may require the simultaneous work of two people which is always a good idea when working on a roof. Some of the easiest roofs to repair are shingle roofs. Their design is simple and straight forward.

Roof Repair
Roof Repair

Checking the shingles on your roof every six months can help prevent a major over haul of the roof in the future. You can take a couple of simple steps to ensure that your shingles will not leak. Here are some signs to look for.

  • Curled back shingles.
  • Loose shingles
  • Check out the areas where two surfaces meet. (around vents, chimneys)
  • Look for spaces in the flashing or caulking that may have cracked over time.

These are just a few of the main ways to check for damage that leads to leaks in the roof. Note that shingles that fold or peel back easily are rotted and should be replaced immediately. If there are large sections of rotted shingles then there could be a very large problem and the roof may have to be replaced.

Roof Work
Roof Work

Once you have identified the problem area simply estimate the degree of damage to see if it is repairable.

If it is just a localized problem grab some of those leftover shingles and simply adhere them where they need to go. Make sure to use the roofing nails in the top corners of the shingles.

Use basic roofing compound or roofing cement. A good glob should do the trick combined with a firm press and some nails.

If there is already brittle and cracked roofing cement underneath the shingles it must be scraped off in order to make sure the new roofing cement adheres to the surfaces correctly. Once you have checked and sealed all the known danger areas wait a day or two for the roofing cement to cure correctly.

Depending on the weather you may need to use a small propane torch to heat up the shingles if they are a little brittle. Make sure to evaluate all the areas on the roof where water may start to collect and reseal those areas with a polyurethane caulk. Although, it is a toxic odorous caulk it is flexible and very strong for outdoor use.

Fixing A Leaky Roof
Fixing A Leaky Roof

Test the roof with water in the troubled areas. If you can’t find any leaks then you did a great job. Be safe and be prepared when tackling a project like this especially for rookies with very light experience.

Set Designers Find Big Help In Polyurethane Products

Set designers are always on a time crunch so it is extremely important to use stone products that speed up the process but look great at the same time.

They are always looking for ways to save money and time. Using a product that continually achieves both tasks is hard to find.

Movie Set
Movie Set

Polyurethane panels can help set designers build the facade of a stone house or castle in hours instead of months.

This product has been a great tool in the movie industry as well because it adds depth to the different scenes by making the sets seem more realistic.

Any set and trade show booth designer can agree after they see the process through. From beginning to end the faux stone panels help make the project look realistic but it also saves them time. Filming on site, whether it is a bank in Manhattan or a house in the suburbs, is quite expensive because of the price involved with renting out the space for a movie shoot.

Polyurethane Gives Movie Sets More BANG For Their Buck

Movie Set
Movie Set

That is why it is so important to use faux stone and other polyurethane architectural elements such as mantles for fireplaces and limestone style balusters because they not only create great looking sets but they speed up the construction process to a fraction of the time.

Durability is also a big issue when designing these sets because the chaotic process involved with the construction of a set can be quite hectic. The strength of the polyurethane panels and architectural elements is another great advantage of using these panels which what makes them perfect for set design.

New Wainscot Save Time And Money

Making the wainscot can take a long time and cost an exorbitant rate thankfully faux stone or brick panels reduce the cost to a fraction of the original. The labor is where the highest cost develops and adds to the bill. Most people who go for that design want to renovate their home and increase its value. This project is a great way to add style and life to the house without detracting from its character. It helps the best characteristics of the home stand out fostering an elegant presence.


New ways to improve upon the wainscot design have been developing throughout the years, but imitation stone panels have brought about the biggest advance. These panels enable the wainscot to be installed in only a small fraction of the time it used to take:
You may create a wainscot by using our stacked stone panels. This faux stone looks great with a trim adhered at the top to give it a nice finish. It gives you the perception of a well-trimmed and finished area.

Using this style in any house is possible with faux stone products because they don’t chip or fall off after like natural stone. The other veneers of stone don’t give you the best version of stone because of all the downfalls. Other types of veneers include messy installation procedures and tedious production processes like the project to the left.

Wainscoting Stone
Wainscoting Stone

Some faux stone veneer is comprised of concrete which is very expensive and time consuming. The veneer looks like concrete because the paint they use doesn’t work well to reproduce the stone look. Making a good impression in the first few seconds is important which is why the front must look the best it can be. This traditional design can help boost the appearance of the building it is being used on plus it hides aging signs. It used to take days to add this element on a house, but now with the advent of the realistic panels, can be added anywhere. They can even be applied to stucco or cinder block with very efficient results. This will allow any style of wainscot to be developed which will helps people who want to renovate their business or home so it can look its best.

Insulation Factor

Insulation is the one of the necessary ingredients in any home or business construction.

The core concept in design is to incorporate the best looking design into a functional system. Insulation is the most important factor in developing cost efficient homes, finding new ways to get the best look and insulation without hurting the checkbook.

Basic Insulation
Basic Insulation

Many of our customers have utilized the decorative panel approach and have found that despite the skeptics these panels look and feel incredibly realistic. Fortunately, they are multi-functional because they add a factor of insulation.

The factor that they provide is fact of R-5. This is great because they can make your home look like a beautiful stone house, combining look and savings. Each imitation stone panel can provide enough square foot coverage to cover at least eight square feet at a time.

Decorative panels which also provide a layer of insulation
Decorative panels which also provide a layer of insulation

This faux product covers a large area quickly and adds an insulation layer without detracting from the essence of the house. They can decrease the heating or cooling cost because the closed cell structure is dense.

The density allows it to absorb the brunt of any heat wave making it a great choice to for any remodeling project.

The waterproof barrier of the closed cells allows it to become impervious to cracks and mold. That means that when a cold front takes over and freezes everything the panels will not be affected unlike real stone. Whether it is a simple fireplace remodeling job or the whole facing of the exterior of the house or business the panels can be used for any application.


The texture of the stone panels creates a unique character for the home. They make the home appear earthy and modern. This is a great way to boost the insulation factor on your home and create a masterpiece of stone design at the same time.

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