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Outdoor Performance Of Faux Brick And Stone

Posted on December 9, 2020
Mitered Brick For Skirting

Many installers and contactors often ask if it is wise to switch from using real brick and stone to faux brick and faux stone.

The first thing we do is understand if they are aware that real stone is not what they are considering. Real stone is really expensive. What most people see on the market is not real stone but cast concreted, molded in the shape of stone blocks.

This alone is usually an eye-opener.
The next important conversation is about the performance of real brick and stone in outdoor conditions.

We explain that most people have come to accept the fact that “real products” can deteriorate, crack, and separate under the stress of humidity, rain, and temperature fluctuations. These are considered “normal” in the construction world.

Real Brick That Cracks And Separates

What may do not know is that some products made in resins, like polyurethane, do not have these issues.

The versatility of real brick is also an issue.
In many installations, the bricks need to be cut at 45 degrees to create a return or a mitered corner and save time in the installation process. When mitering materials like brick, it is very difficult to keep the various parts glued together. Usually, these separate because the level of adhesion is poor with these products.

Mitered Brick Separated

With faux polyurethane materials, you will have a great bond within the parts and can also use caulking for a successful blending of the parts and texture.

Mitered Brick For Skirting

Polyurethane faux sheets are also somewhat flexible and can be easily machined. You can miter-cut a panel on a table saw without chipping the material. These products can be easily shaped and cut with any carpenter’s tools and do not require wet saws.

Flexibility Of Faux Brick Panels
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  1. We have that problem here in Chicago.
    Once the water gets in the cracks, it freezes and separates the bricks.
    How was the curved part of the sign made?

  2. Hello.
    The panels actually have some flexibility. If you use a heat gun they can bend even more.

    Thanks for the question!

  3. How do your faux brick paneling prevent water from going behind them, freeze and crack the material?
    Do you best practices for installation?

    God Bless.

  4. Hello.
    Our panels have a tongue and groove design so that the water gets repled forward and doesn’t let it go behind the panels. Even if some water makes its way behind, the panels are made of polyurethane therefore they do not crack.
    You may also see our installation recommendations and instruction here:
    Installation Instructions

    Thank you!


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