Most houses have use aluminum siding because aluminum sidings is very durable and also very cheap. The surface of an aluminum siding is coated with enamel, which allows the siding to take on varied and different looks. In fact, most aluminum sidings are used as alternative materials when it comes to building walls and are a favorite material to use when building barn walls as well as walls for storage sheds, as they withstand the elements of nature.
If you are planning to construct a building using aluminum sidings, then here are the important steps on how to install aluminum sidings on your own:
Tip #1 – Cutting of Aluminum
When you install aluminium sliding, you need to make some cuts on the aluminium in order to join the sidings or panels together. You can make use of a circular saw in cutting through an aluminium panel; however if you are cutting through a reinforced trim, then a hacksaw will do the task.
Cut the desired dimension of the siding using a pair of tin snips or a powerful saw. Carefully work the tin snips along the marks that you have made earlier and using the tin snips remove the rough and sharp points found on the aluminum siding for protection.
Tip #2 – Preparation of the Wall
For all installation of aluminium sidings, you need to prepare your wall, or any surface for that matter, for the perfect filling and bonding of the siding to your wall. Ensure that the wall, where the siding is to be fitted, is free from obstacles and smooth in order for the aluminium siding to perfectly fit in. Further, it is recommended that the aluminium siding should not reach all the way to the room’s flooring. As much as possible, use a weather-treated wood or masonry base in between the room’s flooring and your aluminium siding.
Tip #3 – Prevent Damage to Your Aluminum Siding
If you are installing aluminum sidings, always make sure that you do not lean your weight or ladder on the panelling itself, as this may cause severe dent marks on the panel. Scratching of the panel should likewise be avoided by taking a lot of care during the installation process.
Tip #4 – Spacing Tips For your Siding
Further, in order to avoid buckling of the aluminium sliding, you have to leave a space of ¼ to 3/8 of an inch, in between the aluminium siding and the trim. This will permit the siding to freely move and not to stick with the trim which is the reason for buckling. Also, you need to know that due to atmospheric changes. The aluminium itself can shrink and expand, which is why it is best to leave a space between the siding and the trim.
Tip #5 – Treating your Aluminum Siding
Though aluminum siding does not rust, however it still undergoes the process of oxidation, wherein you will find dull patches on the exterior of the aluminium. You can treat oxidation of the metal and make the aluminium siding look like new again by using the weakest product to treat the oxidation. As much as possible, never use the strongest chemical because this will only cause pitting to your siding and a bout of sanding down in order to reach the desired effect.