How to Build a Faux Brick Wall
A faux brick wall is an easy way to provide the sophisticated look of exposed brick in your room or home, without having to install a real brick wall. Faux brick wall areas are easy to build and maintain. They also cost less to build when compared to the materials and labor of brick walls. While regular brick walls must be properly secured supported by a number of different internal setups, faux brick walls are not heavy and will not collapse if they are not constructed properly. Read on for a brief overview of how to build a faux brick wall in your home.
Step 1 -- Determine the Size of the Wall
Measure the width and the height of the area where you plan to install your faux brick wall. Multiply the two together in order to find the total square footage of the brick wall. Make sure that you have sufficient faux brick paneling to cover the area and you should have a small amount remaining in the case of errors.
Also, make sure that the panels are sized properly so that they will fit properly in the wall space that you have reserved for the faux brick wall.
Step 2 -- Prepare the Area
Lay out a tarp underneath the wall and against the bottom edge of the wall. This will help to avoid a mess and collect any glue and other items that may fall while you are working. The tarp will also make cleaning up easier to as well.
Step 3 -- Lay the First Panel
Apply construction glue in a thin, even layer to the back of the first faux brick panel. Use a zigzag motion to apply the glue evenly and do not rub the glue over itself because this can make a mess. Press the panel up against the base of the wall in the lower corner. Use the level and the right angle to determine whether the panel is oriented properly. Adjust it by hand quickly if it is not. Next, use the screwdriver to install screws in the pre-made pilot holes in the faux brick paneling to help secure it to the wall.
Step 4 -- Continue Laying Panels
Repeat the third step to add additional panels to the wall. Work in rows, beginning with the bottom of the wall. Do not worry if the edges of the panels extend beyond the wall because you can cut these later. As you go, use the wet rag to wipe off any glue that might be squeezed out from between the wall and the panels.
Step 5 -- Trim the Edges
When you've completed the paneling on the wall, use a saw to cut off any excess panel that may stick out from the edge of the wall. Sand down the edges that you cut with sandpaper to provide a natural appearance and to get rid of any jagged or rough edges.