There are a seemingly unlimited number of finishes and materials available for home renovation. Even after you decide on the look you want to create, you’ll need to choose which materials you’ll use to achieve that aesthetic. Faux wood and stone products are a durable, environmentally friendly, easy-to-install choice that will add beauty to your home for years to come.
Faux products can help you get the look you want for a fraction of the price of the real thing. As many of our customers have learned, faux wood or stone panels can transform the look of your home, whether you’re finishing a basement, remodeling your living room or updating your exterior siding and design. If you’re concerned about whether faux wood or stone will look authentic, or maybe you just aren’t sure what to expect from faux products, let’s break down five common myths about faux panels so you can make a better, more informed decision.
Myth No. 1: It will look or feel fake.
You want your faux product to look completely realistic and natural. That’s why it’s important to choose a quality product that doesn’t look like it was made in a factory. Think about texture, too. You can buy tiles that have the appearance of stone or wood, but they won’t have the same texture, which can detract from the authentic look you’re hoping to achieve..
Because our polyurethane products are cast in molds that are made from actual wood or stone, they capture the beauty — and even the flaws — of the natural product. In fact, our technology and production capabilities have improved so much over time that it’s now even more difficult to distinguish between faux wood or stone and the real thing. Every panel has the look and feel of natural wood or stone. Once installed, you’ll have trouble convincing anyone it’s not the real thing.
Myth No. 2: Real wood or stone is more environmentally friendly.
Sustainability is a big concern for many people, and it’s common to think of real wood or real stone as a more eco-friendly choice. In reality, it doesn’t get much more eco-friendly than polyurethane faux panels.
Polyurethane has become a popular choice in manufacturing because it doesn’t have the off-gassing problem that’s common in many building products. Water-based stains and finishes add to its eco-friendly profile. Using faux wood panels also means trees don’t have to be cut down to create the products. Faux stone products are good for the planet because excavating stone is an intensive process that requires destroying the landscape as well as the natural vegetation and habitats around it.
When you choose a faux polyurethane product, you can be assured that you are making the right choice for your home — and for the environment.
Myth No. 3: Faux is not as durable as the real thing.
Durability is a major factor for any home product. You want a product that won’t just “hold up,” but will continue looking good for years to come.
Polyurethane has maintained its popularity because it also maintains its appearance — even when exposed to outdoor elements. Faux panels are weather resistant and won’t easily split, warp or crack, which means they’ll look new for much longer. And, if you’re using faux wood products, you won’t have to worry about termites and other wood-destroying insects.
Myth No. 4: It costs too much.
No matter what your budget, every dollar counts during home improvement projects. Faux wood and stone products can help save you money compared to using real wood or stone.
While faux panels cost a little more than paint or wallpaper, they’re a great way to save money while still getting the more luxurious and unique look you want. And, if your budget doesn’t allow you to do an entire room in faux wood or faux stone, you can achieve a great look by creating an eye-catching accent wall.
Myth No. 5: Panels are expensive to install.
One of the great things about working with faux products is that even novice do-it-yourselfers can take on the project. While installing real stone requires a construction professional or mason, faux stone can be cut with at-home tools and installed by just one or two people. In most cases, all you’ll need to complete the job are a few wood screws and some construction adhesive.
The same goes for working with wood. Real wood products are heavy and often require more than one person to install, but faux wood products are lightweight and easy to manage. Rather than hiring a professional to complete the job, you can often install our faux products yourself with the help of one of our how-to videos.
The Truth About Faux Panels
Once you’ve worked with faux wood or faux stone products, you’ll see just how easy it is to update your home, inside and out. Regardless of whether you want trendy reclaimed barn board shiplap panels or are looking to add a stone wall to your home, you can find a natural finish that fits your décor and taste.
We encourage you to order samples of your top picks so you can “try them on” in your home and see what you like best. For each sample you order, you’ll receive a rebate coupon to use toward the purchase of your final product.
Faux stone and faux wood products have all the advantages of the real thing without the weight, expense or installation headaches. Take a look at our extensive options to find the one that’s right for you.