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Panels FAQ

FAQ: How much do panels cost? - All pricing can be found on individual product pages.

FAQ: How do I install faux panels? - It’s easy! Please refer to the Panel Installation page to learn how to install faux panels for interiors, exteriors, ledgers and trim and electrical outlets.

FAQ: How do I cut your panels? - Each wall panel can be cut very easily with any quality wood cutting tool. Instructions on how to cut a panel can be found in the Panel Installation section of our website.

FAQ: What are your faux wood panels made out of? - Our faux wood panels are made from a high density polyurethane. Our products are NOT made from soft EPS Styrofoam. This enables us to make exact replicas of wood products without worrying about product damages and wear down.

FAQ: What size are your faux panels? - Most standard panels are 48” wide by 24” tall. The exact dimensions vary by style and are listed under the “Specifications” tab on each product page. Planning to cover a large area? There is also a calculator located on the product page beside quantity.

FAQ: Do you make custom faux panels? - Yes, we can make custom faux panels for large volume orders and commercial jobs. Please contact us to see if custom parts are an option for your project.

FAQ: Can panels be repainted? – Yes. Our high density polyurethane panels can be painted with any good quality water based latex paint.

FAQ: Can panels be used around a fireplace? – Although our products are incredibly realistic, keep in mind that they are not real brick, stone or rock products, they are manufactured utilizing high density polyurethane and have similar burning characteristics to real wood and should be considered combustible. Barron Designs offers a Class-A Fire Rated Polyurethane which must be requested at the time the order is placed. Class-A Fire Rated building materials are required on most commercial buildings to allow the occupants time to evacuate a structure safely. This is accomplished by reducing the amount of time a flame spreads across the building material and the reduction in smoke density developed in accordance with ASTM=E84 Standard Method of Testing for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials in accordance to UL 723, ANSI/NFPA No. 255 and UBC No. 8-1 by an independent laboratory. Most of our products can be used around a fireplace opening/insert, and/or stove, provided you follow the fireplace insert/stove manufacturer's specifications for required clearances. When using our products around an open hearth where there will be a "live flame" (i.e., wood, coal, etc.), you must use some type of a stone or non-flammable border. Based on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes, a minimum 6” non-flammable border is required for all combustible materials with a thickness of 1 ½”. If a product is selected with a thickness over 1 ½”, an additional 1” of non-flammable border must be added for every 1/8” of additional product thickness. Some building codes may require a clearance greater than 6”. Please check with your local Fire Marshall for your particular application to insure you meet the code that applies to you. Our products are not intended to be used on the hearth. The hearth must be constructed using a non-combustible surface such as marble or stone per local and national building codes. Our products are not suitable for the inside of your fireplace/firebox. Other than this, our standard products can be utilized with the same clearances observed as the fireplace/stove manufacturer recommends for any decorative building materials that are considered combustible. You must adhere to any, and all, national and local building and/or fire codes concerning combustible building products in applications such as fireplaces and wood burning stoves.

FAQ: Do you offer panels made with fire-rated polyurethane? - Yes most of our lines have a fire-rated polyurethane option. Products made of fire-rated polyurethane are more expensive and frequently have a longer lead time than products made from our standard high-density polyurethane.

FAQ: Can I use your panels for mobile home skirting? – Yes. Any of our panels can be used for mobile home skirting. You first would have to frame the area. Full instructions can be found in the installation section of our website.

FAQ: Can panels be used on curved surfaces? – No. Our panels are very rigid and should not be used on curved surfaces.

FAQ: Can panels be installed over tile? – Yes, in most cases. To install over most tiles you would only need to make sure that the existing tile is structurally sound and fairly flat/level. If it is an extremely textured (uneven) tile, such as a tumbled marble tile with designs in it, or if it has a different height bull nose tile ruining through/between the tiles, then it will need to be removed before installing our products.

If it does have a low profile/flat face surface, then the next step is to make sure it is clean, dry, and secure, we would also recommend that you use a fine grit sandpaper and rough up the surface of the tiles so that the adhesive works better.

The most important thing with any install is surface integrity. If your existing tile or grout is loose or chipping, then you may have to remove it first. You can install our panels over tile using our adhesive only installation instructions.

FAQ: Can panels be installed over stucco? – In many cases yes. Panels require a structurally sound, relatively smooth surface for installation, so it depends on the texture of the stucco. If it is a “slight” (less than ¼”) stucco, you should be able to install our product over it. If the texture of the stucco is heavy or severe, it will require sanding or removing the stucco so there is adequate surface contact (minimum of 85%) between our product and the wall.

The appropriate installation method will depend on the type of wall beneath the stucco.
If it is some type of plywood, MDF, etc. (standard framing materials) then you would just follow our standard exterior adhesive and fastener installation procedures for panels. If it is concrete or masonry then follow the adhesive-only exterior installation instructions.

FAQ: Do you offer corner pieces? - Corner pieces are available for many panel styles or the corners can be mitered.

FAQ: How many panels do I need? – The product pages have a calculator link right beside the purchase quantity where you input your dimensions and it will advise on quantities based on the coverage dimensions of the specific panel you have selected.