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Panel Installation Pro Tip: Offsetting Rows

Panel Installation Pro Tip: Offsetting Rows

Our products are designed to install as easily as possible -- but this pro tip will really make your faux panel installation shine.

If you look through the hundreds of customer projects we've highlighted on this blog, you'll often hear us mention one thing the professionals do when installing wall panels or siding -- offset each row by 'trimming' the panels to size.

If you're a little confused about what that means - don't worry! It's not something that's immediately obvious; and, in fact, our panels will look great even if this step isn't taken. However, it's definitely a pro tip worth taking into consideration.

The theory behind it is this:

Each of our panels covers an extensive area with vividly-realistic, three-dimensional textures molded from the real stone and brick. Our Regency panels, for example, cover 42.5" x 31.5" (with the actual panels being a little larger, to allow for interconnecting with subsequent panels.

Panel coverage

We recommend starting the installation of the panels at the bottom, left-hand corner of a wall, and installing each subsequent panel to the right, until you reach the end of the wall and trim the final piece to size with a wood saw. You then begin the next row of panels back on the left-hand side of the wall, immediately above the first.

However, if you install the panels directly one on top of the other, there's an immediate repetition of the stone or brick texture. As I mentioned before, our panels are designed to allow for this, and most people won't even notice this repetition, but for those of you who want to make the stone or brick look as realistic as possible, it's a good idea to take this repetition into consideration and account for it by trimming each row to offset the texture.

What does that mean, exactly? Well, it's very simple - you just trim an additional length from the left-hand edge of the panel, so the texture isn't mirrored identically with the panel below it. You have to think about this to make sure it looks 'right' - for example, with a brick texture you need to make sure the alignment of the bricks remains consistent - but the end result adds an additional, subtle layer of realism that really takes a project over the edge.

Here is what we mean:

Panel layout

Looking at this in isolation, it's possible to see two things - firstly, how our panels still look great even if you don't offset each new row, and secondly - how incredible they look when you do.

Offset installation vs not offset

Fortunately, our panels are made from materials that can easily be trimmed to size with a regular wood saw - no specialist cutting equipment required - and the intrinsic design of these panels mean the process requires nothing more than accurate measurements and a good eye.

This is one of those subtle, understated installation tips that can make a big difference - and the more you look through the customer photos that we share, the more you'll be able to notice how great it looks.