Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is the difference between siding and panels?
    Our panels are made from a high density closed fell polyurethane foam which makes them rigid, durable, lightweight, and a good insulator. Siding panels are made either from a medium density polypropylene, PVC or vinyl which makes them great for exteriors, very lightweight and on average thinner than our panels. Both are created using special molding processes that have them take on a more realistic and dynamic three-dimensional look.
  2. How much are the panels?

    Our panels vary in price and are about 20% to 60% less than all other similar types of stone and brick veneer products. You can find all the prices on the corresponding panel pages:

    Regency Panels
    Norwich Panels
    Carlton Panels
    Wellington Panels
    Windsor Panels
    Woodland Panels
  3. Do you offer a warranty on your panels?
    Yes, we offer a 15-year limited warranty. Click here to read it.
  4. What are they made of?
    A very durable, high-density polyurethane.

  5. How is it made?

    Molds are made using real rock, stone, and brick as the master mold then, using a proprietary process, liquid polyurethane is introduced into the mold forming the exact clone of the original.

    Barron Designs products are produced to simulate the appearance of real wood, stone, brick, and rock. Just as natural products can vary in color and other physical characteristics, each product is designed to have natural variations in pattern, texture, shape, knots, and color.

  6. Where are Faux Panels® and veneer used?
    Anywhere you want the look of brick, stone, bamboo or wood. The panels are perfect for inside or outside in any residential or commercial application.
  7. How real do the Faux Panels® look?

    Everyone has the same reaction when they see our Faux Panels® for the first time. They have to actually pick up a panel see how light it is. Shocked, surprised and delighted. They can't believe it's not real. The Faux Panels® are indistinguishable from real brick, stone and wood products.

    Click on one of the images below to enlarge.

    Old Chicago Brick Baked Clay
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    Regency Old Chicago Brick
    Baked Clay

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    Random Rock Tri-Gray
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    Windsor Random Rock

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    River Rock Multicolor
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    Wellington River Rock

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    Wall Panels
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    Woodland Wall Panels

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    Stacked Stone Honey
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    Regency Stacked Stone

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    Cobblestone Dakota Blend
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    Carlton Cobblestone
    Dakota Blend

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    Coral Stone White
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    Norwich Coral Stone

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    Red Brick Sample
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    Norwich Random Rock
    Desert Sand

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    Fieldstone Harvest
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    Carlton Fieldstone

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    Dry Stack Earth
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    Wellington Dry Stack

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    Contempo Brick Glacier
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    Regency Contempo Brick

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    Fieldstone Smoke
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    Carlton Fieldstone

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  8. How many Faux Panels® do you offer?
    We offer over 400 panels in various styles of Brick, Stone, Wood, Bamboo, and other.
  9. Are the panels easy to install?
    Yes, our paneling is very easy to install. Please click for the installation directions. If you are not handy, any carpenter in the phone book can install our panels.
  10. Will I need special tools to install the Panels?
    No. Just the typical tools found in the average home shop should be enough to handle most home projects. Please click for the installation directions.
  11. What type of fastener is used to install the panels?
    The panels were designed with ease of installation in mind, therefore, depending on the substrate, a good quality deck type screw will work.
  12. When installing the Faux Panels®, if I drill the screws in wrong will the Faux Panel® crack?
    No, they will not crack! There is no splintering or flaking with our Faux Stone Panels.
  13. What if I don't want to install myself?
    Anyone with basic understanding of carpentry can easily install the panels. Click here to learn how to install. Otherwise any licensed contractor, builder or carpenter should be able to install them.
  14. How much waste should I calculate for my project?
    We recommend 10% waste as standard for long runs and walls with little cuts. Factor about 15% for mansards, gables and other areas requiring an extreme amount of cuts.
  15. How many panels do I need for my project?
    That's easy to find out! Just click here for our panel calculator and enter the dimensions or the square footage of the area you are covering.
  16. How do I cut the panels?
    Cutting the panels is easy! You can use any wood cutting tool.

    Please click on the images below to see a short video of the panels being cut.

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  17. Will I need to miter the corners on my panel project?
    While mitering corners can create a great look, many of our panel lines offer pre-made inside and/or outside corners. Our Corners View All page lists all available corner products. For instructions on how to miter a corner, please read our install guide on How To Miter a Corner. Currently, inside corner pieces are only available on the following lines: Carlton, Norwich, Windsor, and Novi (only in the Drystack style).

    Bellow is an example of a project using inside and outside corners:

  18. How light are they?
    All our panels vary in weight between the different product lines and styles we offer. On average, most of the panels are only 1 to 1.5 lbs per sq ft. Our lightest panels are the Windsor Dry Stack weighing a total of 1lb 6oz per panel while out heaviest (but richly detailed and dynamic) is our Regency River Rock Panels weighing 16lbs 2 oz per panel. Please view the product page for the specific line and style to see individual weights or use our Comparison Tool.
  19. What sizes do panels come in?
    On average our panels are 24" x 48" but can vary depending on the specific product line and style. Please check the product page for the specific line to see what their measurements are or try out our Comparison Tool.
  20. How thick is the simulated stone panel?
    Our simulated panel vary in thickness depending on the product line and style from a minimum thickness of as little as 1/4" to a maximum thickness up to 2".
  21. What do the edges look like?

    The edges are finished in the same color as the panel.

    Click an image below to see panel edges.

  22. What is the benefit of buying your interlocking Faux Panels®?
    The benefit to using Interlocking Faux Panels® is that it gives a realistic seamless look of stone, brick, or rock. There is no need to hire a mason to install our panels or siding. Our products are less expensive than real stone or manufactured stone veneer products.
  23. Can your Faux Panels® be painted?
    Yes, all of our polyurethane Faux Panels® can be painted. A high quality water based latex paint is recommended. If the panels are going outside, use an exterior water based latex paint. A perfect example of this can be seen on our video from HGTV’s “Curb Appeal”. Click here to view video.
  24. How do I know how much caulking to use?
    It is recommended to order 1 tube per 4 panels.
  25. What kind of surface can the panels be attached to?
    The panels can be adhered to almost any relatively flat surface that is sound (not crumbling or peeling), clean, and dry.
  26. Can I use your panels on a curved surface?
    At the present time, due to improvements by our raw materials suppliers over the years, none of our existing product lines can be utilized on a curved surface without modifications to the product. There have been cases where our customers have in fact modified our products in order to accomplish this, but we cannot either advise on, nor condone this process, as there are no tests or results as such in relation to the long term effects this modification could have on our Panels. Due to this, any such modifications to accomplish this will also void the warranty on our products.
  27. Can the panels be used as flooring?
    No, Faux Panels™ are not intended for foot traffic. They are to be used on walls and ceilings only.
  28. Can your Faux Panels® be used outside?
    YES! Our Faux Panels® were specially formulated to resist moisture, sun fading, insects and pests. Click here to see installation examples of wood, brick and stone panels.
  29. How will the panels handle the elements?
    The Panels have been tested under various conditions. Click here to visit the specification page.
  30. Do you protect your panels from fading?
    Yes, our panels offer a near zero color degradation (about 1% over a span of 5-10 years depending on your conditions),® recommends reapplying a clear coat UV inhibitor as a top coat every 5 years or so depending on your conditions to keep the color looking fresh. You can read the test reports here.
  31. Are your panels waterproof?
    YES, no need to worry. These panels are perfect for all climates. They're impervious to water, sun fading, animal or insect attacks.
  32. What is the installation R value?
    Most of our panels have an R value of 5. Please click here to view our specifications page.
  33. Can I attach your panels to concrete or brick?

    Yes, the panels can be attached to any concrete or brick surface. There two methods that can be used. Please select one of the installation guides below to learn how.

    How to Install Panels
    on Concrete. (glue only)

    How to Install Panels
    on Concrete. (glue and screws)


  34. Can I use your Panels around my Fireplace/Stove?

    Although our panels are incredibly realistic, keep in mind that they are not a stone product, they are manufactured utilizing high density polyurethane. With that in mind, all of our Polyurethane Panels are standard Construction Material (unless ordered with Firerated Polyurethane which is available on some Faux Panel® product lines) and can be used around a Fireplace opening/insert, and/or Stove, provided you follow the Fireplace Insert/Stove Manufacturer's specifications for required clearances.

    When using our polyurethane panels around an open hearth where there will be a "live flame" (i.e., wood, coal, etc.), it is recommended that you use some type of a stone or non flammable border (minimum 6") before starting our Panels, and then use firerated polyurethane panels for the area immediately surrounding the opening. Please note that anytime our panels are used and there is any chance of a live flame or embers coming in contact with the panel, that we recommend using firerated Polyurethane. Also, please note that a firerated Polyurethane makes the panels more fire and heat retardant, it does not make them fire proof, therefore, our product is not suitable for the inside of your hearth/firebox. Other than this, our standard panels can be utilized with the same clearances observed as the Fireplace/Stove manufacturer recommends for any standard paneling material or sheetrock (standard materials). You also must adhere to any, and all, building and/or fire codes concerning clearances that are applicable in your area.

    Click here to view our fireplaces photo gallery.

  35. Can I use your panels to cover my chimney?
    Yes, you can put our panels on any flat surface provided our materials meet your local building and fire codes. Click here to see how to miter the corners. Click here to view our chimneys photo gallery.
  36. Do you offer fire rated Faux Panels®?
    Yes our Regency and Norwich lines can be purchased with optional Firerated Polyurethane.
  37. Can I use your Faux Stone Panels in my shower?
    Yes, our panels are completely water proof and durable.

    When cleaning, please use only a mild detergent and make sure not to use any harsh or bleach-based cleaners. The panels can be sealed in with a polyurethane sealer for easier cleaning if needed.

    Click here to view our bathroom design photo gallery.

  38. Can I use your panels on my mobile home as skirting?
    Yes, our panels are a simple and inexpensive way to beautify your mobile home. Our panels can be used as a skirting or wainscoting in any interior or exterior application.
    Click here to learn more about mobile home skirting. Click here to view our mobile home skirting photo gallery.
  39. Can I use your faux stone panels as a wainscoting around my house?
    Yes, Our faux panels® install fast and are durable. Click here to view our wainscoting photo gallery.
  40. Are your Faux Panels® safe in the kitchen and as a backsplash?
    Our Faux Panels® are safe to use in the kitchen. Use a mild soap to clean them.
  41. If I was to install the Faux Panels® in my basement, which can be damp, will it ruin or lessen the life expectancy of the product?
    Installing our Faux Panels® in a damp basement will NOT ruin the life expectancy. Our Faux Panels have gone through much water and humidity testing.
  42. Can I use your Faux Panels® under water (pond, pool, aquarium, under a waterfall)?

    Although our Faux Panels® are waterproof, different areas have different chemicals in the water. Substances like chlorine and others could damage the finish of the panels, and are not covered by our warranty. We suggest ordering a sample and trying it first.

    We also do not recommend installing our panels in a body of water that will be inhabited by any kind of animal life (such as aquariums or fish ponds).

  43. Can I hang pictures on the Faux Panels®?
    Yes, you can hang pictures on our Faux Panels® if done properly installing using mechanical screws.
  44. What accessories do you offer for your Faux Panel® lines?
  45. Is there any maintenance needed?
    After the paneling is installed, no maintenance is required!
  46. If my Faux Panels® were to get dirty, how do I clean them?
    Cleaning the panels is easy. For exterior applications, simply rinse them down with a garden hose. For heavier dirt, a mild detergent and a soft bristled brush, such as one you would use to clean your car, can be utilized. For interior applications, you can wash them with soap and water using a mild detergent such as Dish soap.
  47. Are the Faux Panels® safe for my child to be around? Are the faux panels toxic?
    Our Faux Stone Panels are non-toxic and have no off-gasses. They are completely safe for both adults and children.
  48. How do the Faux Panels® ship?
    All of our Faux Panels® ship via UPS directly to you (or your job site). For larger orders we ship via FedEx Freight Systems. Shipping is an additional cost.
  49. How much is shipping?
  50. What do other customers say about Faux Panels®?
  51. How do I store the Faux Panels®?
    All our panels and siding should be stored flat. If the panels are laid on edge for a long period of time they could eventually bow, this is especially true in warm weather or in the sun. If your panels are stored in an upright position and happen to bow, lay them flat in a warm room or sun and they will self-correct.
  52. At what temperature should I store Faux Panels®?
    Faux Panels® should be stored in room temperature or cooler.