Are you going to install the new brick molding in the surroundings of your front door, or do you want to replace an old brick mold trim? I would say that the second option is the best way to install brick molding around doors and windows.
It gives your home an aesthetic appeal for anyone who comes from the doorway. The brick mold comes in two variants, PVC and wood. Both the materials are good at their circumstances, it totally depends on you what you need based on your climate conditions.
Adding a fresh brick trim near your patio, windows, or front door will give you an astonishing look to your home’s exterior. And it’s not a big deal to do it. In this blog post, we are going to give you a detailed guide on how you can install a new brick molding around your front doors, garage door whatnot. We’ll also show you how you can take out the old rotten brick molding. Scroll down for more.
How to Remove Rotten Old Brick Molding
You can take a knife or chisel to just strip back the old paint or another way is to just caulk near the window or door edge. One benefit of doing with the chisel is, it is not going to make major damage to the original mold than using a knife.
If the old caulk is not coming easily, just use the paint scraper to get it off. You can even use the knife too.
Just take the hammer and precisely take out the nails from the old mold through the hammer’s claw. And eventually, you’ll clean up the old caulk.
How to Install Brick Molding Around Windows
- The first thing to do is, take the measurements from the upper left-hand corner of the window to the lower corner. Takedown the measurements in notes, do the same as it is on the right-hand side of the window.
2. After that, do the measurements of the brick mold’s width. Normally the width stands from 1.5 inc to 5 inc. Add these in your notes.
3. Now take the linear length of the mold for the window. It means that 200 inches of brick mold is needed to trim the window.
Next is the Installation
- Just cut off the brick mold’s length down to how much size you need, also be careful while working with the corners as they should have a 45-degree angle.
2. Now pair the molding near the window with a hammer and nails. Keep a 2-foot distance between the nails.
3. Add some caulk to protect the nails.
4. Now just leave the caulk to dry it up and do the paintwork for the freshly installed trim for up to 2 hours later.
How to Install Brick Molding Around Front Door or Patio
- Take the measurement of the head casing’s door frame. Do it right from the inner top right-hand corner to the inner top left door jamb and take down all these measurements in notes.
2. Now let’s take a look at the right side’s door of the casing. Measure it from the top right-hand side of the casing till the down of the door frame. Minus around half-inch from the measurement and take down it in notes.
3. Follow the same steps for the left side door’s casing, measure it from the top left-hand corner to the down.
4. At last, take the measurements of the brick mold’s width, and also the measurements of windows should be the same.
The installation :
- Cut off the brick mold’s length as you did it for the 45 degree angle.
- Pair the modling near to the door, use the hammer and nails. Start it from the center of head casing and nail the mold in to the place tigtly with the hammer.
- To the inner side of the edge, work with the 3 to 4 inch nails also the trim and pair the head casing to the jamb.
- To the ouside’s edge of the trim, take the same 3 to 4 inch nails and pair them to the head casing and jamb.
- Take some a bit of glue and apply it to the whole corner ends of the side casing. Attach this corner to the head by pushing both to fix firmly in place.
- For every 15 to 15 inch distance, add the nail to the door jamb and casing.
- Take only 5 inch nails to fix the asing to the wall.
- Take the 3 inch nails for the head casing as well as the side casing, they will secure the lock corners
- Paste some caulk around the nails and spread it smoothly it drys.
- Paint it after 2 hours, if requries.
How to Install Brick Molding Around Garage Door
- Starting with the garage door brick molding installation, first, find out the accurate measurement of the linear of two sides and as well as of the garage door opening. While measuring, start from the side at eye level and increase around 8 inches extra for miter cuts. Take the measurement starting from the one side of the door opening right from the top to bottom parts and leave 5 extra inches for woodworking cuts. To get the linear photo, increase your measurement twice and pair it to the top piece.
2. To get the size of the brick mold, take the measurements of the molding’s thickness which will be added to the garage door. Generally, brick trims are around 3.5 inches thick from the inner and outer parts. However, brick mold trims and available in ready-made pieces and the thickness starts from 1/2 inch to 1 inch. You also need to leave another half-inch thickness for the motor, substate paper, wire to find out the exact size of the brick molding trim.
3. To open the garage door outside, start using a miter saw or hand saw, they will do your job by cutting the molding at a 45-degree angle. You can also set up the 45-degree slots in the miter saw.
4. Keep the molding pieces aside which you are going to install on top of the garage door opposite the miter saw. While the narrow edge face skywards, start the cutting work at a 45-degree angle at one end of the mold piece.
5. Bring all the measurements of inner trims that you have saved in the notes Take the measurement right from the short side of the 45-degree angle cut and add some marks exactly the opposite side of the molding trim. Now take these marks and use them as your guide to cut the other end.
6. You need a ladder to install the uppercut. Setup the top piece throughout the garage door opening with the opposite side miter cuts facing outside. Now arrange the downside edge of the top trim and the smaller ends should correspond with every single side of the opening. The next is, pair the molding piece to the top trim with right nails around 12 inches distance from end to end. To do this, a hammer will come in handy to keep the nails in place. If you are using the wood mold, use the wood filler to swipe off the nails, eventually, it will look pretty.
7. Towards the left side of the opening point, take the measurements of the distance from the underside of the top trim to the surface of the driveway. Use the Miter saw to cut at a 45-degree angle.
8. Same, take the ladder or and start following the same past steps for the installation of the side of the garage door trim. Underline the molding piece for the left side to length. The saved space personifies the smaller point of the saw cut. Don’t forget to place the piece with the narrow edge facing up.
9. Combine the molding piece erect on the left side of the trim opening and line up the inner edge with the trim’s inside edge. Remember, the miter cuts should meet the top left corner. Same as you did in the past, combine the piece to the trim and fix the nails in the molding at a 12-inch distance.
10. One final step is the same process as we showed you before for the right side of the opening. Ensure that the angle of the miter saw cut should look match to the right end of the top piece. Go with the same previous steps for the installation of the right side of the garage door opening.
What Is Brick Molding Used For ?
Brick molding is defined as a home’s exterior trim which is normally installed surroundings to the windows, doors to clinch the openings and give an engaging move between the side and the window.
exterior molding has been invented way back when the brick was the most ordinary material for a home’s siding. The motivation of brick siding was to fill the gap in the brick exterior and the door frame, even with the window frames. Generally, for residential homes, it is pre-installed. You can also buy single panels of mold and install them yourself.
Hi, Constantin Here. I'm the senior editor at the HubHaus. I'm having 7 years of experience in the real estate and home improvement sector. Coming from the background of engineering, you will often see my writing the stuff related to the Homes.