Faux brick panels are much cheaper than real bricks, and far easier to install. Not only can they
add visual interest to indoor spaces, but they can also be used on the exterior of your home to boost curb appeal.
For example, exterior faux brick panels may be used to imitate the look of a brick wall, or installed as siding on your home.
Here, we’ll go over the basics of installing faux brick panels on an exterior.
How To Install Faux Brick Panels On An Exterior
Exterior faux brick panels are easy to install. Just follow the steps described here.
Step 1: Measure the space to be covered
First off, you’ll need to measure the space you need to cover. This will let you know how many panels to purchase. For instance, each of our faux brick panels covers an area of roughly 32 inches high by 42 3/8 inches wide (give or take an eighth of an inch). If you’re covering corners, you’ll also need to know the height you’ll need to be covered by corner pieces.
Step 2: Gather the needed tools and materials
To install your exterior panels, you’ll need:
- 1 tube of caulk or polyurethane-friendly adhesive per 3 panels
- A level
- Circular saw
- Wire brush
- Caulking tools
- Enough paneling to cover your exterior surface
- Drainage mat
- Screws and a screwdriver
Step 3: Clean and prep surfaces
Before starting, you’ll need to prepare your surfaces. The panels should be acclimatized to the temperature and humidity of the surface you’re attaching them to for about 24 hours. Once they’re acclimatized, wipe down the wall and the back of the paneling to help adhesion. A wire brush can get the dirt out of exterior surfaces.
Also, mark a line where the top of each row of panels will rest. Use a level to make sure it doesn’t veer up or down along your wall.
Finally, it’s often recommended that you install a drainage mat on the wrap of your house first. Doing so helps with moisture and drainage.
Step 4: Cut your first panel
In some cases, you may need to cut your panels to match the space you’re covering and if you’re not planning to use corner sections. Note that our faux brick panels are designed to interlock, including with the designated corners, so if you’re planning to wrap your house, cutting may not be necessary on all pieces.
That said, you likely will need to cut some pieces on the edges of the walls, which is easily done with a circular saw. Keep your cuts straight so that each piece is perfectly level.
Step 5: Apply adhesive
Apply adhesive to the back of your first panel, starting with a perimeter about an inch from the edge and filling in the middle a bit. Don’t go overboard here. Each bead of caulk/adhesive shouldn’t be closer than four inches to the next.
Step 6: Apply the panel
With a healthy amount of pressure and perhaps a slight twisting motion, stick the panel to the wall. Use a level to ensure it’s perfectly straight.
Step 7: Reinforce with screws
Once your first panel is glued to the wall, reinforce it with screws. One screw per square foot around the perimeter and between bricks should be sufficient to keep the panel secure. Make sure they’re tight, but not so tight that they cause warping or cracking.
Step 8: Apply adhesive to the lip
With our overlapping faux brick panels, it’s easy to see where different panels interlock. Apply a bit of adhesive to the spots where tabs from the next panel will overlap, keeping it about an inch from the edges.
Step 9: Install the next panel
Repeat the process for gluing your first panel to the next one, making sure it’s level in the process, and securing it with screws once it’s in place. Textured caulk can help make the butting edges seem more natural.
Step 10: Repeat until you’re finished
Continue the process around the area you need to cover. It’s often best to work from the bottom upward so that everything fits flush with the edges of your surface. When you get to an edge, a bit of cutting with a circular saw should help you keep everything in line.
Step 11: Final touch up
Use textured caulk and paint to cover up screws and seams once all of your faux brick exterior panels are in place.
Using Faux Brick Siding
Faux bricks can be used as siding on your home. When using brick veneer siding, these tips can help:
Install a drainage mat
A drainage mat is technically optional in most places, but it’s still highly recommended. The mat goes on outside your home’s wrap and under the siding, and it should be fastened with mechanical fasteners, not adhesive.
Follow all local building codes
Each city has its own building codes, some of which govern how building exteriors are to be installed. It’s worth taking the time to understand what the requirements are in your area, though the steps given above should apply to most localities.
Additional Tips For Installing Exterior Brick Veneer
These tips can help you make sure your faux brick panel exterior project goes as smoothly as possible:
- Install late fall or early winter (before weather starts to freeze).
- Keep panels out of direct sunlight before installation.
- Store your panels flat to avoid warping.
- Installing the ends first can help you keep interlocking pieces aligned.
- It’s best to err on too much paneling. You can cut panels down, but you can’t stretch them.
- Use high-quality materials. They’ll look better and last longer.
- Measure twice, cut once.
With high-quality faux brick panels and a precise installation process, you’ll have a beautiful exterior brick veneer that will add aesthetic appeal and value to your home.