Outdoor Performance Of Faux Brick And Stone
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.
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.
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.
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.