Faux stone panels are a type of siding designed to look like brick or stone. The word “faux” is pronounced “foe”, a French word meaning “fake”. It is actually a polyurethane (or similar) product made from molds which were formed off of real brick and stone. It is a very good product, and in some cases may make more sense than installing real brick or stone. This article takes a look at the advantages and disadvantages and when it may make sense to use faux stone panels.
Natural stone works well with other organic textures, while faux stone panels tend to compliment contemporary designs.
Now on the other hand you have the contemporary faux stone panels. These come in a variety of forms from the Quartzite Ledge styles to the Quick Fit patterns. All of them share one common element with regards to their shape and size. The faux panels are almost always geometrically cut and shaped to create a sleek and modern look. The straight edges and rectangular shapes are not made to imitate organic textures, much on the contrary they are designed to cut through the traditional styles with sharp, rigid contours. What works best with these styles is modern furniture that is made of stainless steel, polished angular furniture or even high grade plastic accessories. Essentially these faux panels are designed to compliment the contemporary design palette. Use them properly and you’ll be able to add a true dynamic twist to your modern home.
First, the faux panels are easy to install. They are easy enough for the DIY-er.
Second, they provide better insulation than brick veneer siding, and about the same as a full brick wall, though none of these systems are sufficient in themselves to keep a house warm (or cold). They provide an R-value of 5 on top of whatever R-value the rest of your wall system provides.
Third, I can not think of a third reason. If one of the top two doesn’t do it for you, go with the real thing or find another siding option.
Some faux panels may also suffer from insect penetration. Not that the insects eat the polyurethane, but it can make a great nesting material. Fauxpanels.com treats their product to prevent this. Most of the other manufacturers do also, but confirm this before you buy.
The Cost of Faux Panels
So what will faux panels cost? You can go to the various websites to get the real pricing, but the sites I looked at had prices in the range of $8 to $11 a square foot (as of April of 2012). That cost does not include the wrap, and drainage mat, and mortar and glue and screws and the corner columns. Nor does it include any OSB (stone panels)if you need to build up a flat surface before applying the panels.
Where to buy faux stone panels? HK series of H&K Goodware is one of the best suppliers for you to order faux stone panels.