How to Prepare a Porch for Brick Molding

What You'll Need
Ear protection
Work gloves
Utility knife
Crow bar
Silicone gun
Silicone tubes
Stainless steel screws
Extension cord if needed
Measuring tape
Screw bits
Cordless drill

Preparing for brick molding is just as important as the actual process. Brick molding is basically the trimming that goes around your door jamb. If you need to do this on your next project, here is a quick guide that can help you through the process:

Step 1 - Gather Materials

Gathering the right materials is the first step to preparing your porch for brick molding. Refer to the above list and find the materials and tools either in a hardware store or your own garage for many. Making sure to have the correct materials is important to the entire process. You also want to take time out before buying all of the material to measure the area that needs the brick molding so that you know how much of everything to get.

Step 2 - Remove Old Paint

Removing the old paint is the most time consuming step, depending on the condition you are working with. You will want to make sure that you are wearing gloves and goggles as you work. You can use a utility knife to try to get the old paint off. You may also want to go for a sander to try to speed up the process a little bit.

Step 3 - Remove Old Molding

Using a crow bar, you can pry off the old molding. You will want to begin at one end and then slowly work your way to the other. Be sure again that you are caring for your eyes and hands when using tools. Use a hammer to get rid of any old nails that are in the wall and would be in the way of the new molding. You may also need to remove anything with screws using a drill. Then, pull the trim off carefully, making sure not to damage anything around.

Step 4 - Prepare the Area

Now that you have removed the old molding from the patio, you will want to prepare the area so that new molding can be installed. Patch any holes that are around and also clean the surface so that the new molding won't have a problem attaching.Be sure that you do not have any mold or mildew beginning or rotting. If you do, this should be taken care of before you start to put up the new brick molding. Many times you can power wash the area or even use a hose with mild soap. If you do find though that the mold is spreading, you will want to contact a professional to take care of it. If you build on it before fixing it, you will find that the wall or patio isn't sturdy and that you will have problems in the future with your brick molding. It is much easier to fix now.