- Panespol® polyurethane decorative panels
- BRICKS range
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- Features and qualities
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- Types of Brick imitation
The manufacture of bricks, shaped and compacted solid materials, usually of fired or sun-dried clay, dates back to their use in early constructions around 4000BC. Later, the Roman civilisation built using bricks of near-white clay. The use of bricks in building has continued uninterrupted to the present day. Beyond their functional properties, the shaping, colour and texture of bricks meant their gradual use in the stylistic and decorative elements of architecture. The 19th and 20th centuries saw cities built almost in their entirety of bricks as a functional and—before the use of steel frames—as a structural material. During the art renaissance of the 1960s, widespread fashionable use of bricks was introduced as a decorative resource in interiors, in bare or painted form, often painted white to reflect light, and bringing visual aspects of urban exteriors into home or work spaces. The brick wall, as a concept, with its particular symbolic baggage, has attracted the attention and comments of not only designers, but also intellectuals, for example the computer scientist Randy Pausch, who is quoted as saying: “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” Such symbolic resonances created by the aspect and function of bricks have fed the continuing popularity of this material in design and decoration.
Systems developed by the company, Panespol®, incorporate polyurethane as a decor material developed and manufactured for use in interior and exterior design projects, and such polymers were found to be ideal materials for the creation of highly-realistic imitation brick wall surfaces. The material was considered optimum due to its practical advantages, and was developed in formulas for use in covering surfaces and in the facsimile reproduction of the textures, colours, and finishes of a spectrum of traditional and imagined construction and architectural materials.
The company Panespol® is based in Alcoy (Alicante), Spain, having been established in 2002. It is a pioneer in the development of polyurethane patents and its own easy-to-assemble panel system. It has become a regular supplier of design materials for leading multinational business chains, including the world’s largest fashion apparel retailer, Inditex, and the fifth-largest fast food restaurant chain in the world (by number of locations), Burger King. Many of these businesses have created brand image interiors based on the BRICKS range developed by Panespol®.
The use of different chemical make-ups of polyurethane in industrial and everyday products dates back to IG Farben scientist Otto Bayer‘s discovery of the polyaddition for the synthesis of polyurethane in 1937. The resulting versatility of such materials lies behind their application in either rigid or flexible forms to extremely diverse purposes.
The concept of Panespol® polyurethane decorative panel systems as surface-covering materials emerged with the realisation by the firm’s founder and Director General, José Juan Leva—a former technician and entrepreneur in arts and crafts supplies—that the possibilities and features of traditional decorative coverings made of plaster and other heavy materials could be revolutionised through manufacture with polymers. Not only did this eliminate the issue of working with and transporting weighty materials, but it also solved the problem of waste due to fragility and crumbling. One of the early ideas developed by the firm was the imitation brick wall, created in polyurethane as easy-to-assemble decorative panels. These are cleaner, more adaptable for painting and adding textures, and represent a considerable economic saving through their easier installation in decoration projects that frequently need to be carried out in spaces of difficult access and under stringent noise and other regulations.
In addition to creating lighter and more resistant materials, further research also improved the performance of the firm’s polymers in fire and flammability testing, as well in those designed to assure nontoxicity of materials for specific uses.
During a period of careful but continual growth, the firm’s first coverings for internal and external walls were sold in the DIY marketplace, though the Leroy Merlin chain.
In 2008, a specially-commissioned ‘Caravista’ brick wallcovering by Panespol® became a brand-enhancing element of Burger King restaurants throughout Europe.
In further meeting the high demand of the market for original display ideas, Panespol®‘s set up a bespoke service in 2016 for the creation of 3D objects: Panespol® LAB is allows customers to work in consultation with Panespol® in the creation of exclusive surface coverings, special finishes, and three-dimensional objects, made to measure and for series production. This open-ended design manufacturing service means imitation brick surfaces can be given to any three-dimensional shape, not merely to flat planes.
The diverse styles, textures, chromatic arrangements, and sizes of historical brick-wall formations have been imitated in a range of decorative polyurethane panel systems by Panespol. The Panespol® BRICKS range comprises a total of 11 different model variations. Each brick-wall covering reflects a different finish (colour), and is an imitation of a real brick surface, cover a comprehensive spectrum of details of real brick, such as pock marks, chipped surfaces, rugged or smooth textures, dents, scoring, as well as the mottling, discolourations, and staining of the kind that are acquired by brick surfaces in urban and rustic settings. Each model is formatted as a decorative polyurethane panel which can be pieced together with other identical panels to cover surfaces.
Panespol® polyurethane decorative panels in brick-wall imitations are produced in two size categories: normal panels, from 0.73m2 to 1m2 (effective surface area); and Big Panels, which measure up to 3m2 to enable easier application and speed up installation in big projects.
Certain models of the Panespol® BRICKS range can be made in formats up to 3m2.
This format is provided as a time-saving panel system during work to cover surfaces: less cutting, easier measuring, simpler placement, savings in touching up joins, etc. Also, big imitation brick wall panels are placed using the same accessories as normal-sized panels but in smaller quantities. This is because there are fewer joins. These hyper-real faux brick coverings also become more uniform in bigger sizes, and are thus more convincing.
The larger panel size does not affect the qualities of polyurethane decorative panels produced up to 1m2, which maintain their lightness, ruggedness, non-toxicity, fireproofing, insulation for cold and heat, etc.
Panespol® BRICKS imitation brick wall models all require a bare minimum of supplied specific accessories for finishing decoration. These facilitate assembly and enhance realism. In general, the accessories amount to a special adhesive, filler paste, join paint, and touching-up paint. Some panels use pigments, also supplied.
Mounting BRICKS models of polyurethane decorative panels by Panespol® is a simple process, offering advantages over more traditional wall covering methods. They are easy transportable. No building knowledge is required to mount them, so specialist craftspersons are not necessary. Neither dirt nor dust is generating in their assembly. Without the need for building work to be carried out, noise is kept to a minimum. There is no damage or loss due to the great strength and durability of polyurethane as a material.
The ‘hands-on’ process for mounting Panespol® BRICKS panels are not labour-intensive. The steps to follow have been illustrated in the following videos:
Mounting brick wall coverings using Panespol Panespol®
Assembling Panespol® polyurethane decorative panels
Simple assembly of Panespol® coverings
Prior to carrying out mounting of BRICKS covering systems, the following steps are recommended:
- Clean and prepare surfaces properly.
- Have all necessary tools ready.
- Place all required materials together and make them accessible.
- Think about and plan each step in the mounting process.
BRICKS systems employing polyurethane decorative panels can be applied to indoor and outdoor architectural and decor projects in both interiors and exteriors.
Their extreme similitude to genuine urban and rustic brick wall formations and features has been underlined by their choice for an extensive range of store interiors and exteriors, including clothing and sportswear outlets, supermarkets, car showrooms, perfume and cosmetics chains, and many other commercial franchises.
The cleanliness and eco-friendly aspects of the materials make them ideal for restaurants and fast-food chains. The fact that Panespol® systems can be mounted quickly by one person without the need for building expertise or special materials makes them convenient for use in shopping centres in malls, where noise, clutter, and dirt must be kept to a minimum. The possibility of rapid installation of polyurethane decorative panels makes their use in such environments particularly relevant, while their low weight means they may be used on walls at heights where heavier materials might cause damage and lead to costly, time-consuming repairs. Other public spaces commonly using polyurethane decorative panels include offices, hotels, airports, arts centres, civic centres, rail stations, and television and film studios. Speed of assembly and ease of transportation are also benefits supporting their use in film and television production.
Beyond the visual appeal of Panespol® BRICKS systems as backdrops, interiors benefit from the slight improvements in heat and sound insulation their materials provide.
The characteristics of Panespol® polyurethane decorative panels imitating brick surfaces are the following:
- Their certified thermal resistance makes them appropriate for use design and architectural materials in interior and exterior locations.
- They provide heat, sound, and damp insulation.
- They have a fireproof covering to B1 standard preventing panels from burning and resisting up to 80 degrees of temperature prior to deformation.
- BRICKS panels in decorative polyurethane are light and sturdy, allowing for fast installation without noise and building work.
- They are totally non-toxic.
- 100% recyclable, made of special, totally ecological polymers.
The materials used by Panespol® in its BRICKS range meet international fire regulations for architectural and retail projects for both interior and exterior surface coverings. Owing to a 3-4mm layer of extra protection, the panels do not melt, nor can they can serve as a basis for combustion.
Polyurethane decorative panels imitating brick surfaces are non-toxic, chemically inert and stable, resistant to acids, salt water, and industrial gases. They neither rot nor disintegrate.
In addition to the advantages of lightness and ease of transport, flexibility and malleability, Panespol® BRICKS panels are sturdy and resistant to knocks. They neither chip nor tear.
This toughness and resistance was the result of research by Panespol® to develop a polyurethane with greater density than stone.
Panespol® BRICKS decorative panels need no maintenance, beyond the removal of gathered dust using plain soap and water. Do not ever use corrosive products or irritants.
- Thermal Resistance Certificate: Certificated issued by Tecnalia.
- Exterior Use Certificate: Certificated issued by Aitex
- Fire Resistance Certificate: Certificated issued by Aitex
Panespol® BRICKS decorative polyurethane panels have also been successfully submitted to the required testing by independent agencies to meet fire prevention regulations existing under Russian Federation Federal Law.
The formula certified by the Russian authorities is patented by Panespol®.
The many and diverse products imported by the Russian Federation must conform to complex technical regulations, and certificates are only issued when they successfully pass tests on key safety aspects.
Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organisation dates from 2012, and its commitment to the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement binds it to standards and conformity assessment procedures compatible to those applied worldwide.
The European Union is one of the bodies that oversees co-operation with Russia on these important product regulation questions. Regulatory cooperation between the EU and Russia is essential to trade, while negotiations constantly take place to seek greater harmonisation of standards.
Aldaia: Brick wall panels arranged in a stretcher-bond view of slender, elongated bricks, and with the thick mortar joints having two-thirds of the height of the brick itself. This model is available in the following configurations:
- P-001 9016 Aldaia, white brick with white mortar.
- P-001 Aldaia, a blend of different hues of brick stretcher, approximately 2/3 salmon colour, 2/3 orange, with uncoloured mortar.
- P-069 Aldaia gris rojizo, two-thirds buff colour, one-third red-orange tinting, with uncoloured mortar.
Caravista:Imitation brick panels featuring a stretcher-bonded arrangement. The standard brick shape has aged, irregular edges to add realism to the imitations. The six variations offered in this model are:
- P015-9016 Cara Vista white with white mortar.
- P-015 Cara Vista sepia brick with off-white mortar.
- P-015BK Cara Vista, featuring traditional red ‘brick’ colour imitation brick wall, with greyish mortar joins, darker bricks interspersed according to a 1:1 ratio.
- P-027 Cara Vista blanco, pale salmon off-white bricks with matching mortar joins, slightly darker grey or darker orange-hued bricks placed according to an approximately 10:1 ratio and in apparently random fashion.
- P-072 Caravista gris rojizo, mouse-brown bricks with cafe-au-lait coloured mortar, alternated with bricks of either darker or orange hued to an approximately 1:1 ratio and in apparently random fashion.
- P-114 Caravista gris negro, imitation brick wall of chocolate brown vintage-effect brick interspersed in an apparently-random way on a 3:1 ratio with pieces having darker or yellowish hues.
Nuevo: Imitation brick panels featuring a stretcher-bond arrangement and lightly pocked and scored bricks with a defined edge and neat mortar. The four variations in this model are:
- P-023 9016 Nuevo, white brick, white mortar.
- P-023 Nuevo, light red ‘brick’ colour, off-white mortar.
- P-025 Nuevo blanco, oatmeal white brick with grey-white mortar.
- P-074 Nuevo gris rojizo, grey-red shaded brick and off-white mortar.
Tosco: Imitation brick panel model featuring a large, imitation rustic brick shaped in regular rectangles with rough-look surfaces and edges, arranged in stretcher bond. The three variations available are:
- P-013 9016 Tosco, white brick with white mortar joins, some slightly-greyer blocks in apparently random positioning.
- P-013 Tosco, faux blocks in apparently-random variety of sandy pink, orange, and light brown hues, with off-white mortar joins.
- P-071 tosco gris, sandy grey blocks with occasional, apparently-random darker blocks, and same colour mortar joins.
Viejo: Imitation brick panel model featuring irregular elongated bricks imitating faults and chips and a less-industrial finish. The bricks have long stretchers and varying widths of header, with fairly wide spacing on the mortar joins. The variations in this model are:
- P-022 Viejo, red ‘brick’ colour with an approximately five to one ratio of light to dark shades, the mortar joins in sandy grey;
- P-022 9016 Viejo, with white bricks and white mortar;
- P-029 Viejo teja, sandy pink brick with a light to dark ratio of approximately one to 20, and sandy grey mortar joins;
- P-031 Viejo blanco, predominantly mushroom white brick interspersed with either sandy pink or sandy grey pieces according to a 10:1 ratio, and with sandy grey mortar joins;
- P-073 Viejo gris rojizo, aged rough-surfaced brick in fawn with either pink or orange shade of darker imitation brick at a ratio of approximately 5:1, and sandy grey mortar joins;
- P-105 Viejo Envejecido, aged and weathered brick in predominantly coral colour brick with effect of white mortar bleeding into cracks and dents, with white mortar joins.
Refractario: Polyurethane brick panel model imitating refractory (or fire) bricks. Each panel offers an imitation brick arrangement in simple stretcher bonds of standard-size bricks with imitation knocks and dents, and with slightly wavy joints.The three variations available are:
- P-002 9016 Refractorio, all white with white mortar;
- P-002 Refractorio, apparently random imitation brick wall pattern alternating pink to orange hues, with off-white mortar joins;
- P-070 Refractorio gris, grey-white brick interspersed with slightly-darker brick according to an approximately five-to-one ratio.
Rustic Brick: A model of imitation brick walls featuring aged bricks in a stretcher bond, each decorative polyurethane panel presented in an aged or distressed aesthetic. The variations manufactured by Panespol are:
- P-097 9016 Rustic Brick, all white, as if painted with a dilute white paint, enhancing shadow effects from brick edges.
- P-097 Rustic Brick, sandy pink hue with occasional, apparently-random classic ‘brick’ colour or greyer shaded imitation bricks spaced according to an approximately five-to-one ratio.
- P-099 Rustic Brick Marrón, sand-orange hue with occasional, apparently-random pieces in darker shades, placed with an approximately five-to-one ratio.
- P-100 Rustic Brick Red Old, classic ‘brick’ hue but with panel finish as if covered with extremely dilute white paint, conveying a distressed urban slum or industrial look.
- P-111 Rustic Brick Cassel, dark brown burnt clay vintage-effect bricks interspersed on a 20:1 ratio with pieces offering a less-‘burnt’, partially orange hue.
- P-115 Rustic Brick gris negro, imitation brick wall of baked carbon brown vintage-effect brick interspersed in an apparently-random way on a 20:1 ratio with pieces having darker or yellowish hues.
Santander: Model of decorative polyurethane brick wall panels imitating a modern, large-size and uniform brick block with a flaked, slate-like surface, and arranged in a stretcher-only bond. There are two variations for this model:
- P-020 9016, Santander, in all matt white with close joins reflecting shadowing;
- P-032 Santander blanco, greyish off-white with prominent lines and flaking, and wide imitation mortar joints with dark shadowing effect.
Urban Brick: Model of decorative polyurethane faux brick wall panels with an urban aesthetic and all arranged in stretcher bond. Panespol manufactures five variations in this model:
- P-084 3002 Urban brick, standard brick size of fairly neat arrangement, bricks with irregular edges, with surfaces and mortar joins all painted bright watermelon red; P-084 9016 Urban brick, standard brick size of fairly neat and regular alignment and spacing, bricks with irregular edges, with surfaces and mortar joints painted white.
- P-084 Urban Brick Cassel, uniform wall arrangement of imitation bricks in brown, approximately 50% with varied reddish hues, with sandy grey mortar and careful shading and highlighting of edges.
- P-085 Urban Brick Rojo, red ‘brick’ colour, standard size, uniformly-set imitation brick wall in decorative polyurethane, interspersed in an apparently-random way on an approximately four-to-one ratio with bricks bearing a darker smudge or an apparently accidental smear of dilute white paint, with sandy grey mortar joints.
- P-116 Urban Brick gris negro, aged-effect polyurethane brick wall panel with ‘dry’ brick appearance of pieces with pock-marking, cracks, irregular edges, and careful shadowing effects around off-white mortar joins, with yellowish or darker grey-brown bricks interspersed in an apparently-random way according to an approximately five-to-one ratio.
English Brick: Polyurethane decorative panel imitating stretcher bond alignment of modern English building bricks with a smooth, dry finish, random chips, marks and blemishes faithfully recreated, incorporating an apparently random appearance of variations or defects in brick textures. There are three variations in this model:
- PX-147 9016 English Brick, white painted cota brick and mortar.
- PX-147 English brick, smooth, dry finish in pink-red brick colour, with dilute white paint smears or darker smudges interspersed in an apparently-random way, and with light sandy grey mortar joins.
- PX-148 English Brick Marrón, dry finish in sandy-brown colour, with dilute lighter chalky or darker sooty smudges interspersed in an apparently-random way, and with light sandy grey mortar joins.
Country Brick: Polyurethane decorative panel imitating alternate stretcher-header bond alignment of aged and cracked bricks, with matt surfaces and a semi-rural aesthetic, showing distressed and damaged bricks placed in apparently random fashion for greater realism. There are four variations available in this model:
- PX-120 KFC Country Brick, totally white bricks and mortar;
- PX-130 Country Brick Envejecido, Salmon-English brick coloured pieces with imitation splattered white paint in an ‘icing’ effect filling dents and relief on bricks, the original brick colour showing faintly through on joins;
- PX-145 Country Brick Marrón Envejecido, dense chalky white paint ‘icing effect’, original brick colour only faintly perceptible all over;
- PX-151 Country Brick BL, distressed ‘English brick’-coloured irregular elongated bricks with long stretchers and shorter headers, and with apparently random inclusion of darker or faded pink surfaces.
12. Technical specifications
The general technical specifications of Panespol® polyurethane decorative panels are available to download from: https://panespol.com/catalogue/technical-specifications/