How to Install Brick Siding
A brick siding gives your house a rustic, brick-like appearance without actually using expensive and difficult to install bricks. Brick siding should be installed the same way as vinyl siding and features similar advantages such as durability and low maintenance. You have the option to have the brick siding installed on some portion of the house or have it installed on the whole exterior. The installation of brick siding will definitely improve the appearance of a house, thus making it a worthy home improvement project.
Step 1 - Remove Pre-existing Siding
The first step in installing brick siding is to take down whatever existing siding is installed to your house exterior. To do this, you either unscrew the old siding or pull it off the wall.
Determine how the existing siding was installed and remove it in accordance with how it was installed. Remove the existing brick siding carefully so as not to damage your house exterior.
Step 2 - Inspect the Exterior Wall and the Vapor Barrier
Make a careful inspection of the areas where the removal of screws was done. Check the water vapor barrier for damages. Exterior walls normally have vapor barriers since brick siding alone cannot protect the interior of your house against moisture and rain. Inspect the vapor barrier for holes and damage created on the old siding and replace where it is needed.
Step 3 - Attach the Brick Siding
The next step is to attach the brick siding to the house exterior. To do this, apply construction adhesives to the back of the panel and align the bottom edge of the brick siding to the bottom edge of your house exterior. Press on the brick siding panels to stick the panels on the wall. When installing the brick siding to the house exterior, start at the bottom first and then work your way up.
Step 4 - Secure the Brick Siding
Secure the brick siding panels into the exterior wall by screwing in galvanized screws around the edges of the brick siding panels using a drill. Drilling new holes is not recommended; instead, use the existing holes of the panels.
Step 5 - Saw-off Corner Panels
With a saw, cut the edges of the two brick siding panels. The rough edges should be smoothed using sandpaper. Align the two corner panels to each other and using the brick patterns as a guide. When done, apply construction adhesive where the panel edges meet at the corners.
Step 6 - Caulk
For any visible screw holes and seams in-between the panels, use caulk that matches the brick’s color to hide the seams and holes from the naked eye. Apply caulk as well around windows and frames of doors with visible gaps to minimize the entry of moisture into the sidings.
Using brick siding improves the appearance of a house and increase its market value by at least 6%. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully. A brick siding that is not properly installed will destroy the exterior aesthetics of your house.