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Brick Wall Panels. An Easy Solution.

Posted on March 23, 2016

Who doesn’t want to add character and style to their home and possibly spending money?

Many of us often see an old looking Chicago brick wall and dream about replicating that old fashion and distressed look. You can easily do it with faux brick wall panels. That would make sense if everyone knew of their existence. The majority of DIYers rely on what they can find at the closest hardware store.
This also means that they are confined to the choice of real brick or pressed cardboard that looks nothing like brick. The other option is to install the real brick; that’s not a job most people want to start, and they don’t.

With synthetic product like polyurethane you can have it both ways. Install beautiful and realistic panels and save a ton on labor an some on the material itself.

Here’s what you do to install them

  1. You need to decide how many panels will be necessary so measure the square footage and plug it in our Panel Calculator. There are two sizes, 28” and 32” so make sure to select the correct one. The purchasing step the easiest one in the whole process. The shopping cart quickly calculates the shipping and processes payments in the most secure way you can find online.
  2. When the product arrives lay it against the wall to understand where you want each panels to go. This will help you eliminate some cuts and reduce waste.
  3. These faux brick panels are easily screwed and glued in place. Just make sure you install all the panels in a perfect straight line so that the gaps in between are minimized. You can also use nails or long staples if you wish.

Chicago-Faux-Brick-TanIf necessary install the convenient ledge trim and where you see gaps you can apply some caulk and paint it over with our paint kits that can be ordered as well.

That’s it! You just created that amazing distressed look of faux brick just like you see it on TV!

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Fake Rock Wall Panels For Stone Fireplace

Posted on May 1, 2012

For many of us the word fake is usually associated with something negative, of lesser quality. Although this may be true in some cases, when it comes to faux stone things are quite different.

Whether you are a builder or contractor looking to reface a wall with cladding materials or a homeowner trying to create a fireplace design, most likely you will not entertain the possibility of using artificial stone because of the negative perception of those terms.

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As we can see, some faux stone, also called fake rock wall panels, are quite stunning. They reproduce every small detail of the original stone while adding quite a few benefits. When creating a stone fireplace with faux rock wall panels there are a few things any contractor or homeowner can avoid, resulting in substantial savings. For once, when using fake rock products the weight of each stone is greatly reduced therefore there is no need to worry about supporting the floor with additional beams.
When using real rocks it becomes a arduous process to find each stone to fit, to create a harmonious look. When using faux rock panels for fireplaces we can see how the panels interlock with each other, creating a seamless look and without having to worry about the configuration.

Another great benefit is that anyone can create a faux rock wall look without having to learn how to cut stone or investing in expensive masonry tools.

In the project above, the homeowner was very thrilled with the product. One of is comment was: "I will never go back to regular stone".

Visit Our Store to see which product will fit your project.

Presenting The Amazing Faux Brick.

Posted on April 28, 2012

The first thing that comes to mind to most people, when seeing the words faux brick, is faux paint and maybe painting a brick pattern on a wall. This is because for decades there were really a couple of options to create a brick look.

You could either use full brick, brick veneer, or thin brick and maybe go toward the faux painting route. The first options was usually the one homeowner discarded quickly. Installing real brick is not a job for weekenders or inexperienced brick layers. It is a heavy job and quite messy.
Painting a brick pattern on a wall can take a long time to master and by the time you get to that point the walls already finished do not really look like what you had envisioned in the beginning.

The reason why faux brick in the form of wall panels are becoming so incredibly popular is that it avoids all the above.Panels of imitation brickThe advantages are not only for homeowners but for builders alike. These faux brick are not just some fake looking panel, they actually incredibly realistic. So why not use a cheaper product, one that anyone can install quickly and achieve the same result?

It might be a concept hard to grasp because such revolutionary product has not been seen until the past few years. All people need to do is order a sample from Antico Elements to see how real they look. Ideally you want to get samples from other sources to compare and realize that Antico's quality is higher and at the best faux brick price. Also let's not forget that not every store offering faux brick can honestly say they are Made In USA.