How to Install Faux Brick Panels

What You'll Need
Measuring tape, pencil and paper
Faux brick panels and molded corners
Utility knife
Painter's tape
Table saw
Eye goggles
Construction adhesive
Putty knife
Power drill with screwdriver bits
Exterior screws
Color matched caulking
Caulking gun
Clean damp rags

When you install lightweight, durable faux brick panels on your home's exterior, you add easy care to beauty. Many manufacturers offer a wide range of brick patterns and colors that will enhance your home. Follow these tips to successfully install faux brick panels to the outside of your home.

Step 1: Measure and Order the Number of Panels You Will Need

Faux brick panels measure 24 inches by 48 inches, not including the tongue extensions. Order as many as you will need and add 5 per cent more square footage to your order to allow for trimming and mitered corners.

Step 2: When to Install Faux Brick Panels

Choose a day when no precipitation is expected, and when the temperature will be below 65 degrees F (18 degrees Celsius). The faux brick panels can bow or bend in warmer weather conditions.

Step 3: How to Install Faux Brick Panels

Install the faux brick panels on a smooth solid backing. If your home has aluminum siding, you may want to remove it for a more even finish.

Step 4: Install the First Panel

Start installing from the lowest level and work upward. Apply a good-quality construction adhesive to the back of each panel at the edges and along the underside of grooves. Spread the adhesive out evenly over the back of the panel with a putty knife. Install a grooved panel first, and a tongued panel beside it so the tongues fit into the grooves. Start at one corner and work all the way around each level then move upward.

Step 5: Finish the First Panel

Use the power drill to insert screws into every panel joint. 4 screws from top to bottom at the panel joints are recommended.

Step 6: Trim Panels to Fit

Always trim panels on the side opposite the tongues and grooves to ensure the best fit. Measure the cut line and mark it with a piece of painter's tape. Run the panel through your table saw, guiding it carefully for a clean cut. Remove the painter's tape line upon completing the cut. Make sure to wear eye goggles when sawing the faux brick panels.

Step 7: Fit and Finish Corners

Use your table saw to miter corners as needed and to make neat butt joints at each panel edge. Add prefabricated molded corners once all the wall panels have been installed for an elegant, weathertight finish. To install the prefabricated corner pieces, apply construction adhesive to the back of the edges of the molded corner and press it snugly against the wall corner. Finish fastening with 4 drywall screws down each edge evenly spaced from top to bottom.

Step 8: Caulk Screw Holes and Butt Joins for a Clean Finish

Use a color matched caulking compound to fill screw holes and butt joins to create an effective weather seal with the faux brick panels. Wipe off the excess caulking with a damp rag and sand as needed for a smooth finish.