Here at FauxPanels.com we make all of our panels* out of High density Polyurethane, NOT Styrofoam! Polyurethane has huge visual, durability, and health benefits over Styrofoam.
Disadvantages to Styrofoam:
Can break easily
Can begin to deform at temperatures as low as 167°F (75°C), melt at around 200°F (93°C), and flow at around 250°F (121°C). In addition to causing structural failure, melting polystyrene can actually fuel a fire.
Long-term exposure to small quantities of styrene is suspected of causing: Low platelet counts or hemoglobin values, Chromosomal and lymphatic abnormalities, nervousness, difficulty sleeping, and other acute or chronic health problems associated with the nervous system.
Benefits of our Polyurethane Panels:
Polyurethane has a closed cell structure which provides protection from moisture and therefore will not rot. Further, the closed cell structure prevents paint from peeling from the surface.
Polyurethane products provide no nutritional value and as such also resist the growth of mildew and fungus.
Polyurethane panels will not crack or warp when properly installed.
Polyurethane products are not affected by ultraviolet rays when properly coated.
In special formulations, Polyurethanes can withstand continuous use at 200°C (392°F) or higher.