There is a wide range of cladding products, and they use different installation systems. However, in the guide, we will use the quickest, securest, and easiest way to install composite cladding.
We will begin by looking at the essential things you will need when installing this type of composite cladding.
You will need standard woodworking tools when dealing with composite cladding. It is okay if you are not sure about using any of the tools, as you can rely on the manufacturer’s manual. Also, you will need gadgets such as:
• Tape measure
• Circular saw
• Carpentry Square
• Spirit Level
• Power Mitre Saw
• Hand Drill
• Impact driver and
• Safety Glasses
Calculating Material Requirement
It is good to find out the amount of material you will need. You will either use detailed plans or leverage the details below.
• Measure the cladding areas
• Use length and width measures to determine the direction of your cladding; it can be vertical or horizontal.
• Multiply the number of boards by the wall’s width and then divide your amount by the length of the cladding board. You will get the total number of board required.
• If you are working on more than one area, use the same procedures above for each section.
• Its safe to add around 5% to the scrap factor when doing your calculation.
Installation of Cladding Support
Start by fixing Plastic Lumber Battens or attach timber to the supporting structure with widths between the battens not exceeding 600mm. When installing the first batten, make sure it has a minimum of 20 mm from the floor. From there, you want to install battening around doors and windows and any other wall edging. If you are doing the vertical cladding, it is safer to use cross battening so that you get an excellent airflow. It is also recommendable to use timber battens that have a 15-degree top edge. This will help to direct water into the cavity.
The Installation Steps
This bit applies when you are installing the first board. On the battens, you need to mark level lines. While doing this, ensure that the board will not exceed a minimum of 15 mm above the ground surface. Have the screw holes drilled beforehand in the cladding board and make sure they are 2mm wider compared to the thread of the screws. This will create enough room for the expansion of the material. While drilling the holes, make sure they are aligned to the supporting battens.
Position the bottom cladding boards, of the first board if you are doing vertical cladding. Carefully have it fixed to the batten via the pre-drilled holes. Don’t overdrive the screws. Once that is done, position the next cladding board and repeat the same procedure. Each time, confirm the level before fixing each board. If you are placing board around doors and windows, you might need to shape them accordingly.
The Final Touches
In the final steps, you need to install a Fascia Board to complete the work and cover the last cladding board fixing groove. If needed, use the Fascia Board for covering the cladding board expansion gap. Corners or edges also need to be covered, and you do so with Corner Nosing Trim. The same can also be done for corners and windows if required. Both of the products are easy to cut to the right sizes and need pre-drilling and screwing to batten.
The Bottom Line
As revealed in the guide, the installation of composite cladding does not need any special skills. Also, as long as the right materials are in place, it won’t take too much of your time.
It is advisable to talk to experts if you feel that some parts of the work are challenging to complete. They will survey the space to help determine the best work philosophy and the cost of the entire project. Even with that, you won’t have to dole out much money to get the job done professionally.