Faux brick constitutes materials that are made to look and replicate real brick. Faux brick systems have been developed to provide a faster and easier installation of an interior or exterior brick wall. Whether used for new construction or in a remodeling job, faux bricks provide the same look and feel that real bricks do, for a fraction of the cost.
Installing a faux brick system in your home can transform an ordinary room into a comfortable den or lodge setting. For some, however, nothing takes the place of a real brick wall. Knowing which to choose is a function of taste and style than it is of which is better. Your budget, construction needs and time restrictions are some of the factors that will determine which brick system—faux or real—is right for your project.
About Faux Brick
Several varieties of faux brick systems are available. They can come in panels for easy installation and consist of thin layers of real bricks. Faux bricks can also be made of plastic and other synthetic material that is molded and made to look like real brick. The cost for the type of brick system you use will be based on the materials used.
Faux bricks are designed to be used in both new and remodeling projects. A plastic faux brick system, for example, can make an excellent backsplash. It may not have the complete look of real brick, but it is a good inexpensive alternative.
Higher-quality faux brick systems are designed with holes that allow for drainage, minimizing water damage by allowing trapped moisture to escape. These types of design features built into the system make faux bricks a flexible building material.
About Real Brick
Real bricks are not as flexible as comparable faux brick systems. Real bricks, which are made of natural, organic materials, can retain moisture, which causes them to crumble or get brittle with time. They may also attract the growth of mold and other material that produce odors. Faux brick is largely free of these kind of issues.
Many people, however, prefer the look of real bricks. They have an authenticity that is hard to completely replicate with faux brick. A real brick wall or fireplace evokes nostalgia and is hard to completely replicate with faux brick, even those systems that are made with thin brick layers.
Faux Brick versus Real Brick
Real bricks require more work to install and place than faux brick systems, resulting in additional construction costs. Since you will be working with mortar, real brick may require the help of a professional, unless you have some brickworking experience in your background. When installing real brick, it is best to work in a dry environment to prevent moisture from creeping into the brick. This will allow the real bricks to adhere better to the surface they are being applied to.
Faux brick systems are less expensive are more durable than real bricks. They are moisture resistant and some systems are chemically treated, making them fire-resistant. Because of their moisture resistant quality, over time faux bricks will retain their color and not fade in the same way that real bricks do.