How to Replace Brick Veneer Panels
Some homeowners prefer to have brick veneer panels because of the durability of the material. Also, unlike other materials used in panels, brick veneer does not require so much attention and can be left for many years with as little as wiping and dusting to maintain it. It is also relatively easy to install and the bricks are often available everywhere. But there are instances that will require you to replace your brick veneer panel. Here then are steps on how to accomplish this task.
Step 1 - Removal of Old Panel
Free the area where you want to install the new panel by removing the old panel currently attached to it. Simply remove the screws that fasten the old panel to the window or door. This step should be done with caution in order to prevent inflicting damage to the underlying structure. Inspect the underlying structure for potential damage and immediately repair it when necessary.
Step 2 - Prepare the Panels to be Attached
For ease of installation, measure first the sidings that need to be covered. Take note of the necessary length and width and mark the brick veneer panels to serve as your guide. Cut the panels in accordance to the measured size of the former sidings. Panels that will fit into corners should have their edges cut into 45-degree angles. Before installation, match each piece and align each panel so you can be sure that the panels you are installing have proper alignment.
Step 3 - Install the New Panel
Take each previously cut panel and apply an ample amount of adhesive on the back portion. Do not completely coat the entire panel with adhesive so, if there is a need for you to adjust the position of the panel, it will not be too messy or too difficult to do so. Instead, start application of the adhesive from the bottom and slowly press the panel on the wall, then continuously add adhesive on the back of the panel until you reach the top part. Check the position of your panel before you proceed with the next application. Get the next panel and align it first with the first installed panel and make sure the bricks are consistently arranged.
Once done, slowly apply adhesive on the back of the second panel, again working from bottom to top. Continue installing the rest of the panels. For panels that fit into spots where there are existing holes, fasten them to the wall with screws utilizing the existing holes. To fill in the seams made in between panels, apply caulk and spread it evenly. Also apply caulk on spots where screws are evident. Wipe off excess caulk to give your newly installed panel a clean and smooth finish.