How to Install Metal Siding
Metal siding is a great alternative to shingles or wood, in that it is more durable and requires less maintenance. Once installed, it will be easy to maintain. Newer metal siding is not only fireproof, but also dent-resistant. It has an impressive look and allows for better curb appeal. It is also energy efficient.
Tip: Be sure to choose a siding that will resist leakage from rain and that comes in sheets for easier installation.
Step 1 — Preparing to Install the Siding
Before you can begin installing the metal siding, you determine how much siding you will need to purchase by measuring the entire area to be covered.
You also need to check the walls. If you find any nails, simply hammer them all the way into the wall or remove them using the claw end of a hammer. Replace any rotted wood, clean off any paint or debris with a paint scraper and fill in any depressions with wedges.
Good preparation work will lead to a better finished job and is one of the most important parts of any DIY process.
Step 2 — Install the Underlayment
Attach the weatherproof underlayment to the house using a staple gun. Be sure to pay special attention to edges near any openings, such as doors and windows. Also, be sure to attach the lining at the corners well. Overlap edges of the underlayment by at least 2 inches.
Step 3 — Install the Siding
First, install the strip around the bottom of entire building securely so that the sheet metal will slip under it easily.
As you install the sheet metal siding, be sure that the panels are lined up straight. This is the most important step in the whole project in order to keep rain and snow from seeping under the metal siding.
Overlap each sheet by at least 2 inches. When installing each sheet, be sure to hammer the nails into the pre-cut holes. Do not hammer down the nails too tightly, and don't hammer them less than 6 inches from the overlaps.
Be sure to leave a 3/4-inch gap at the corners. This is necessary to be able to install the corner caps.
Step 4 — Install Corner Caps
To install the corner caps, slide the rims under the appropriate sheets of metal siding. Hammer nails into the caps to ensure that the siding and caps are secured firmly together.
Metal siding can be painted to match the home's color scheme if desired. This practice would add another element of curb appeal. Whether or not the sheet metal siding is painted, it will create a more energy efficient home that looks nice.