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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.


Fireplace Remodeling Without The Hassle

The fireplace is one of the hardest areas to remodel. Finding a product that speeds up the process is essential to getting a great professional project. Using imitation stone can give you the best look at the best price. You save on installation and labor costs and you can make your home look great.

Perfect Fake Stone Fireplace
Perfect Fake Stone Fireplace

Every stone project requires a long time to complete. The best way to avoid a long construction period is by utilizing faux stone walls to create that great stone look in a tenth of the time.

If the fireplace looks blank and boring and it is in dire need of remodeling, then don’t fear a long construction process.

With the following information you will learn how to avoid expensive contractors and tedious masonry labor.

  • First we have to start with the surface. If your fireplace already has brick or stone facing on, it’s no problem. All you have to do to cover it is by using some sheets of plywood that can be screwed onto using masonry screws. This way homeowners can avoid taking off the actual stone facing without an expensive and messy tear down process.
  • Once a flat surface has been created around the perimeter of the fireplace then it is time to take the dimensions. Write down as many dimensions with the tape measure as you can in order to get the most accurate estimate of how many panels you will need to use.
  • Most projects will require cuts to panels. Find a place outside that is easy to clean so when the dust from cutting the panels falls on the project area it can be easily dispersed or swept up. Cutting them on grass is great since it only takes a quick shower from a hose to wash away the dust without any trouble. It is important to remember to cut as you go so that you don’t make any mistakes.

    Mitered Faux Stone Panels
    Mitered Faux Stone Panels
  • Here comes the fun part of applying the actual panels to the project site. When you are putting them on the surface hold the panel in its place for about a minute or two with your full weight to secure the panel onto the substrate. Drive some screws into it.

    Adhering Panels
    Adhering Panels

Once you are done use your touch up kit to paint any spots that may require it. Now you have a new fireplace.

Remodeling the fireplace makes a big difference and adds value to the house.

Creating a unique fireplace means making the best possible product without taking a long time. Finishing that long project in less than a day is worth it because it makes the renovation process a lot easier.

Using Real Stone Equals Real Problems

Stone may look great but the alternatives have made the antiquated method of laying natural stone obsolete. Take a look at the large heavy blocks in the picture below and try to imagine how long and tiring it must be to build a wall. Why would anybody use this old method when they could finish the project in a fraction of the time and cost?

Laying Heavy Stone
Laying Heavy Stone

Real stone has many setbacks that can turn a simple building project into a nightmare. The hardest part of starting a building or renovation project is the budgeting process.

Many factors must be projected and calculated to perfection. When using conventional masonry calculating for maintenance must also be a factor into the budget plan or else a nasty surprises could occur that will sink the whole project. Making sure this doesn’t happen should be a number one priority.

Frustrated Contractor
Frustrated Contractor

Investors look at the bottom line for the immediate project, but do not consider certain problems that may arise in the future because they are focused on the present revenue. Many people have the natural tendency to look at the face value of things without evaluating the true cost. A great way to avoid this would be to consult the online masonry guide. Any research will prove that faux stone is the best way to get the stone look without all the headaches. Most people forget about repair or maintenance costs when they are doing a project this oversight can sink a picture.

Homeowners also get trapped in this budgeting oversight. Failing to account for loose bricks or mislaid stones that fall off equals a serious repair cost that doesn’t happen with faux stone. These problems will turn a professional looking project into a disaster zone. Masonry maintenance is very expensive because it requires a mason to come out on site with an expensive wet saw and other materials. In addition, humid climates can create a lot of moisture which can cause serious damage if there is not a proper drainage system by the substrate.

Hard Stone Project
Hard Stone Project

Stone is not only heavy and hard to install but dangerous. There have been serious incidents where joints inside the interior wall have deteriorated due to a lack of drainage for moisture which led to the overall collapse of the wall system.

Even larger buildings like universities and apartments have all experienced this problem at one time or another. This is a serious issue with masonry which is very expensive to fix.

Thankfully, imitation stone panels have avoided this problem by combining a cladding system that is also waterproof and dissolves the need to create a flashing system. Once the panels are adhered to the surface the builder can caulk the sides of the panels to make sure they are water proof and it is done. People have even created retainer walls and fences with this product.

Faux Stone Fence
Faux Stone Fence

The weight of the panels does not pose a problem.  to the surface When they are being applied to because they are so light they do not need any lateral support beams.

Moisture poses no problem to the panels because they create a closed cell structure when they are hardened.

After the home is sealed with any form of licensed waterproof barrier(consult building code for your state because they may differ) then you can simply apply the panels and the project is finished in no time. Faux Stone Veneer is the perfect solution to the drawbacks and problems of using real stone.


Redesigning Made Easy

Faux Stone Interior
Faux Stone Interior

Most people are daunted with the task of renovating their bathroom or kitchen because of the construction time and the cost. Imagine if there was a product that enabled to do a month’s worth of work in one day. Now imagine if that long clean-up process changed from hours to minutes. Now the once seemingly daunting mountain of a task turns into a simple day project. So do not fear when you look at your old bathrooms and kitchens or anywhere you want to remodel because there is an answer to all your problems and concerns. The answer lies in faux stone or brick.

Many designers have used this product to extend the reach of their creativity so why can’t homeowners have the same fun. The bathrooms and kitchens are the most heavily trafficked areas in the home. The designs of those areas reflect the personality of the homeowner.

So it is important to take the design choices into your own hands. Once you have visualized what style or mood you want for the room you are working on take a picture. Use that picture as a before picture and then take one after to show you the drastic difference. Faux Stone is waterproof so it could be applied in a bathroom with no problem and no damage.

Learning to use imitation stone is simple and fun. Faux stone is made for regular people to use and install. Plus there are hundreds of how to and help articles all over the internet. In the articles you will see the endless ways this material can be applied. There are so many different applications that you even find new ideas as you peruse these sites.

This product can be applied to flat and curved surfaces. This flexibility helps give room to the creativity of the project making the homeowner. With natural stone the heavy weight and character of the stones make it extremely difficult and time consuming to do. The kitchen and bathroom have many curves and corners.

Faux Rock Pool
Faux Rock Pool


Between a tub or a kitchen table and cabinets it would be a nightmare to fit the stone to fit the room.  The time and effort it would take to remodel you kitchen or bathroom with any stone is the reason most people don’t do it.

With the advent of this product you can renovate and remodel both rooms in as little as one day. Now this is the difference maker not only can you renovate and revolutionize your home, but you can do it in one day. The durable and waterproof material of polyurethane enables you to put it in any position in any room. Just look again and imagine what you want to change.

Make your boring bathroom into relaxing oasis in one day. This simple to use product can easily give you the modern and sophisticated look you are searching for or you can go with a rustic look and feel. The possibilities are endless the main point is that faux stone saves the homeowner money and time. Plus it helps add value to your home without costing an arm and a leg. So do not fear your next home improvement project because now it is possible even with out being an experienced contractor or handyman.