How to Install Novik Brick Panels
Novik brick veneer siding allows any home to have the appearance of brick for a fraction of the cost and mess of installing true brick. This low-maintenance material is durable and holds up to the elements well, with only slight discoloration. The panels do not use mortar and are designed to fit together similar to vinyl siding, but retain the typical staggered brick look. The 48-by-18 1/2 inch panels come in a variety of colors to match any house decor.
Remove the current exterior wall covering from the home. Avoid damaging the underlayment when removing the material or you will need to patch it prior to installation.
Examine the insulation covering for tears, dents or other damage on the underlayment and replace any sections that need it. Replace the vapor barrier if there is evidence of moisture build up beneath the wall covering, such as mold or discoloration.
Measure in 2 1/2 inches from the bottom edge of the left side of the wall with a tape measure and make a pencil mark. Attach a starter strip along the base of the wall. Hammer a nail into the first and last mounting hole and every third hole in the strip. Run strips the length of the base and cut the last 2 1/2 inches from the wall corner with a utility knife.
Cut the left side of the first panel with a jigsaw so it is straight along the edge. Slide the first panel into the starter strip and align it with the edge mark to keep the gap at the corner. Hammer nails at the first and last holes and then every second or third hole, as desired.
Place the next panel so that the two left protrusions slide into the channels in the faux bricks of the previous piece. Align it so that the bricks line up naturally looking and nail that piece down securely. Continue laying panels until you reach the last one. Cut the last with a jigsaw or circular saw so it leaves the gap at the corner.
Attach higher rows of panels by placing the very bottom in the channel groove along the top of the bricks of the lower piece and securing with nails. Repeat this process to complete the wall.
Lay the first corner base on the left side corner so that the bottom is 1/4 inch higher than the bottom of the starter strip. Hammer nails into all mounting holes. Attach additional corner bases butted one on top of the other until the entire corner is in place. Cut the base at the nearest cut point line on the piece so it is between 1/4 and 1/2 inch from the top of the wall. Repeat for all subsequent corners.
Position the bottom-most corner facing piece so the bottom of the corner lines up with the bottom of the starter strip. Press firmly with both hands to snap the cover piece onto the base. Repeat with all higher corner pieces and all other corners.
Things You Will Need
- Vapor barrier
- Tape measure
- Framing nails
- Utility knife
- Circular saw