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How Do I Choose the Best Faux Brick?

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When choosing faux brick for a home or commercial project, you should decide how much you want to spend. Also be sure the faux brick you choose is suitable for the surface you wish to cover. You should ask advice from a professional before deciding which artificial brick to buy. Interior and exterior faux brick may vary in terms of style and color. If you're attempting a do-it-yourself project, choose artificial brick that is easy to install.

You can shop for faux brick from a manufacturer catalog, but it is best to see the material in person. If possible, feel the panel to determine if it is too rigid. It's important to choose artificial brick panels that are pliable enough to work with. Also notice the way the faux brick panels are adhered together. Panels that are cemented are generally more secure than those attached by screws.

Regardless of the style and color you select, your fake brick needs to be weather resistant. If the faux brick is not made with some type of ultraviolet protection from the sun, it could fade over time. Exterior fake brick should also be water proof for protection from rain or snow. If installed in a kitchen or bathroom, interior fake brick needs to withstand moisture and humidity, or your walls could become damaged.

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For very realistic faux bricks, choose something lightweight and not overly thick. Thin faux bricks often look more genuine than thicker panels. For interior faux bricks, choose a color that matches your decor, or the brick may look fake. If your bedroom is decorated in warm earth colors, choose tan or beige for your faux brick paneling.

If you're installing artificial brick over a sandstone fireplace, choose shades of taupe for a natural appearance. You'll also need to choose a material that is heat resistant or it could easily become warped. In addition, consider how the fake brick will coordinate with your floor color. Whether you have carpeting, vinyl, tile, or wood, choose a faux brick color that complements the flooring.

It's important to read the instructions for installation before you decide which faux bricks to purchase. Some artificial bricks are easier to install than others, but paneled fake bricks typically take the least amount of time to set up. Also, determine which tools you'll need to apply the fake brick, and how many tubes of caulk you'll need per panel.

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