How to Install Corrugated Steel Siding
Corrugated steel siding is a popular choice among homeowners as it is fire-resistant, cost-effective and safe from damage in case of hail. Additionally, it comes in all types of surfaces from the wooden log-cabin look to the modern, shiny platinum look. As a homeowner, you can conveniently order corrugated steel siding that is custom built and fitted to the exact measurements of your house.
Step 1 - Surface Preparation
You must make sure that the surface you want to install the siding on is clean and free from any kind of irregularity. The perfection and beauty of the finished product relies heavily on the meticulousness with which you prepare the surface. Make sure there is no old paint, caulking or nails on the wood. Hammer in any nails or remove them if possible. Also, fill up any spaces with wedges, putty, etc. Wood furring may be required if the house you are working on is old and the wood is weathered.
Step 2 - Leveling
The next step is drawing a straight line from the top to the bottom so the vertical siding does not appear unequal after installation. Similarly, you should use chalk lines around the base of your house to ensure that you achieve an equal base line.
Step 3 - Cut the Steel
It is better if you invest in custom cut corrugated steel sidings according to your measurements, as cutting the steel sheets can be both tedious and dangerous. If you do decide to do it yourself, then you should get another pair of hands to help. You will need electric shears and an electric nibbler. You can also invest in a power saw because that will make your work a lot easier. But remember, safety precautions are necessary. Make sure you wear safety glasses and gloves if you plan on cutting the steel yourself.
Step 4 - Form the Base
The first piece of siding to be installed should be at the bottom. This ensures a protective base for the sidings that will run horizontally from the top to the bottom. Use the previously drawn chalk lines as a reference to install the base siding.
Step 5 - Install Vertical Siding
Similar to the base for the horizontal siding, begin by applying a reference first siding vertically. This will guide you in the installation of the remaining vertical sidings and prevent any misaligned, thus imperfect, installations. You should apply caulking at the joints to guarantee strong overlaps that will remain protected from weathering.
Step 6 - Finish with the Nails
Be sure to use nails made from the same metal, steel, to avoid any problems later. Nails must be used to fasten the sheets of steel to the surface by driving them in securely so there are no water leaks. However, you must be careful not to bend or twist the nails by over hammering.