Faux brick is made to look as authentic as possible and is available in a variety of materials. What type you choose might depend on where you will be using the brick look, the surface that it will be applied to, and how much you want to spend on your project.
The composition of the faux brick varies greatly. Plastics such as polypropylene and polyurethane, recycled products of all kinds, and even recycled paper and cardboard are used. The panels are usually designed to interlock. The panels have the brick style, color and pattern along with the mortar all in the panel and are ready for installation. There are many styles to choose from. Tan, red, used brick look, old world look, white, yellow, are just a few of the options.
Panels may come in a very flexible type, which are great for installation on curved surfaces. A more rigid form is also available. The flexible panels can be cut with scissors and are about 1/8″ thick. The more rigid panels are between ¾ to 1 inch thick. Both styles are easy to install and are glued in place or sometimes glued and screwed to the surface. Panels are weatherproof, UV stable, and resist insect infestation. Trim, corner pieces are available to complete the look.
There are also thin types of bricks made from several different materials. One is vermiculite and another is from quartz sand and other natural materials. The composition makes the bricks light weight and provide a natural looking texture. Mortar is used for installation for this style and a similar process is used as with bricks made from clay. However, these bricks are much lighter in weight, and can be used where a conventional brick application may be prohibitive.
If you are feeling creative, there are brick panels that are either white or clear. These panels are painted in whatever color and style you choose. Perhaps you have brick already in place. These panels could be painted to match.
Recycled paper and cardboard is another choice, lightweight and less expensive. These panels come ready to install and paint. Just add paint and creativity. A great choice for stage sets. Panels can be treated to make them water resistant for a longer life.
Full size bricks are manufactured from a very wide variety of recycled materials. Some of the materials come from manufacturing waste, recycled plastics and waste ceramics. Great for the environment, these are sturdy and lightweight. A good choice where full size bricks are needed.