How to Cover Exterior Brick

Updated February 21, 2017

Exterior brick can be covered using various options to add a new or improved look to your home. Two options you have for covering brick can include painting or installing aluminium or vinyl siding. Painting is the easier and cheaper option, but vinyl siding will provide a newer looking exterior to your home, though it requires more preparation. Covering brick can be easily done by choosing the option that is best for your home.

Clean the brick so the paint will adhere correctly. Use a pressure washer to clean dust, dirt and any loose paint that may be present.

Repair mortar that is missing or has cracked. You can use pre-mixed acrylic mortar patch or mix mortar from powder and apply it yourself. Wet the area to be repaired and press the mortar in. Allow it to dry completely.

Apply a coat of primer to the brick. Primer needs to be applied to the brick in order for the paint to adhere correctly. Use a paint brush to apply the primer to areas a roller may not reach. Cover the rest of the area with primer by using the roller. Allow it to dry completely.

Caulk and seal any cracks around doors or windows. If cracks are not sealed water can seep in and get under the paint. Only use caulk that can be painted after it dries.

Apply paint to the brick using a sprayer, brush or roller. Add additional coats as necessary.

Use a drill to make a small hole in the mortar every 12 inches. Drill matching holes every 12 inches in wood strips to be attached to the brick.

Secure the wood strips to the exterior wall by first matching the hole in the wood with the hole in the mortar. Place a concrete screw into the drilled hole and secure the wood to the wall using a power drill.

Nail the starter strip to the strip of wood at the bottom of the wall. Ensure that the starter strip is level, as each subsequent row of siding will follow the line set by the starter strip.

Add additional pieces of siding, working up from the bottom. Ensure that each strip is interlocked with the previous strip along its entire length. Nail the siding into the strip of wood.


Wood strips are typically 1 ½ inches thick to allow nails to be used to secure strips of siding. Use at least ¾ inch or thicker roller to apply paint to brick.

Things You'll Need

  • Pressure washer
  • Mortar
  • Primer
  • Caulk
  • Paint brush
  • Paint sprayer
  • Roller
  • Power drill
  • Concrete screws
  • Wood strips
  • Starter strip
  • Vinyl siding
  • Siding nails
  • Hammer
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About the Author

Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.