In the phrase faux stone wall panels, the French word ‘faux’ can be taken to mean “mock or imitation”. So a faux wall panel is an imitation one that gives the effect of being made out of the natural stone that it is imitating. The application of stone wall panels, either ‘faux’ or real, over an original wall material is a method of cladding and can be done to either external and internal walls.
Reasons for Using
Whilst the most common use of faux stone wall panels is to improve the aesthetic look of an external or internal wall, they can also be used to improve the insulating properties of the wall or, in the case of an external wall, even to improve the weather-proofing.
The application of faux stone wall panels externally can be very effective in refreshing old and weathered brick or stone work that is making the outside of a building look untidy. Whilst internal walls can be plastered or re-plastered, faux stone panels fitted on an internal wall can introduce a more ‘rustic’ feel to a room, or simply be used as part of a ‘make-over’ to change the ambience of it.
External Faux Stone Paneling
Crumbling brickwork and mortar rarely looks charming and rustic, just unsightly and perhaps a sign that the owner of the property hasn’t been too concerned about maintaining it. If that’s you and you’ve decided it really is time to do something about it, or if you’ve just bought somewhere like that as a property development opportunity, then you can consider faux stone wall panels rather than the expense of paying to have the brickwork replaced and re-pointed.
Presuming the external walls are basically structurally sound, by fitting faux stone wall panels you can make your property stand out from that of your neighbors. Adding an extra layer, or skin, to the wall is bound to help in insulating it and most faux stone wall panels are manufactured with adding a layer of insulation in mind.
You can also purchase faux stone wall panels that are specifically designed to work as rain-screens. External faux stone wall panels are usually fitted with a steel fixing or, in the case of rain-screening systems – extruded Aluminum mullions.
Internal Faux Stone
Whether you want to restore an internal wall to what its contemporary look would have been when the property was built or you simply want to give a room a unique make-over, fitting faux stone wall panels to an internal wall is both cost effective and easy to do.
The key to obtaining a pleasing look with a faux internal stone wall panel is to make sure it is sympathetic to the age and location of the property. Having a ‘mock’ limestone internal wall in a property down-town somewhere in a block of other properties – might not look too convincing.
Whereas the same effect on an internal wall in an old property in a rural location surrounded by limestone hills – could look entirely natural. For an urban property some stone effects will work better than others, for example a dressed stone effect might be better than a ‘rough-hewn’ stone one. A perfect example here would be using marble for the wall paneling.
Used in all sorts of properties all over the world, internal marble effect walls will always look convincing. Internal faux stone wall panels can usually be fixed by applying an adhesive, making them ideal for use by a DIY/Home enthusiast.