Installing Windsor Faux Panels®: Basic Guidelines

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Tools and Supplies You'll Need

You can install Windsor panels easily using tools found in almost everyone's toolbox. To complete your project you will at least need these basic tools:

  1. Exterior Grade Screws - use screws that are long enough to go through the FauxPanel and firmly attach to the wall behind the FauxPanel. We recommend a narrow head screw (such as a #1 Robertson head trim head screw) to make touch-up easier and less noticeable.
  2. Construction Adhesive/Glue - we recommend either PL® Premium Construction Adhesive, PL® Premium Advanced 3X Construction Adhesive (which has 3X faster bonding), or Great Stuff Pro.
  3. A Saw for cutting panels - a circular saw, jig saw, band saw, table saw, or hand saw, it is your preference. Any woodcutting blade used with these saws will work great and cut smooth and easy.
  4. Tape Measure.
  5. Level.
  6. Caulking gun for applying the Adhesive/Glue and Caulk.
  7. FauxPanels® color coordinated textured caulk.
  8. Lumber as needed.
  9. Exterior grade plywood as needed.


The panels can be used on any flat surface, indoors or outdoors, including installing them over brick or concrete.

1.) Attaching the Starter Strip

Determine the height above ground the bottom of the panels should be. Measure up 2 ¾ from this point and strike a level line.

If using Random Rock Panels, measure up 3" from where you want the bottom of panels to be and strike a level line.

Place the top of the starter strip on the line.

2.) Starter Strip Attachment

Place screws through the strip into substrate every 16". Be sure to leave room for corner accessories.

3.) Panel Attachment

Starting from the left, take a full panel and attach the bottom tongue into the starter strip groove. Slide the panel behind the Door Trim.

4.) Screwing the Panel to the Wall

Using the screw guide points, screw into the substrate every 16", with a minimum of 4 screws per panel.

5.) Cutting the Panel

Measure the length of the final piece from the edge of the grout line to extend 1” inside the accessory piece.

Cutting a panel to length is easy with any type of saw. No special blades are required.

6.) Finishing the Run

Slide the final piece down onto the starter strip, then snug it in behind the accessory piece.

Finally, slide the panel back to the left until the ship lap sides are joined

7.) Starting the Second Run

Staggering the panels helps keep any joint lines from standing out.

Begin the second run from the left with a portion of a panel. Use the fall off from the previous run if possible.

Slide the panel down over the bottom row tongue. Then slide the panel left behind the trim piece. Screw in place as before.

8.) Finishing the Second Run

Measure the space left to end the run and cut a panel to length, remembering to allow for 1" behind the accessory piece.

9.) Attaching the Top Row

Slide down over bottom row and attach with screws as previously described

10.) The Final Look

Important Info...

MAKE SURE to observe and obey all safety rules and recommendations set forth by tool manufacturers and local, state, and federal authorities for any building project including all applicable building codes.