We have talked about what steel siding is, and why it is worth considering for your home or commercial building. Now, let’s look more closely into how it should be installed so that you can fully understand all of the advantages.
Quality steel siding installation results in a home investment that will last for years, as long as the following are considered:
Taking Care of the Technicalities
- Proper locking and alignment. Base siding provides the foundation for all the other panels. Particular care should be given to make sure the lock of the panel is properly attached to the interlock of the starter strip, and corner alignment is secure. Hemmed flashing is recommended for corners.
- Direction of installation. Siding should be installed starting from the corners, working toward the front of the home. When using both factory-cut and custom-cut siding, position the factory-cut ends over the field-cuts for cleaner lines.
- Adjusting for contraction and expansion. If you’re installing siding during cold weather, you should adjust for contraction and expansion; at least 1/8” between possible restriction areas such as corner posts should be freed. If steel siding is installed during hot weather, less room is required.
- Proper staggering. Panels should be installed so that joints are not positioned directly above or below windows. Some installers separate two vertical joints with at least two courses of panels.
Hiring the Right People
Steel siding installation is best done by professionals who have years of experience, especially if you wish to use custom siding. Steel panels require specialized cutting techniques and equipment, unlike other types of siding. And, other nuances of the job are best understood by those who are properly trained in it.
Your job is to choose your installer carefully. Always look at a potential contractor’s portfolio to gauge the scope of their experience, and schedule a consultation before making a final decision. A written estimate is also important.
Steel siding installation involves various complex technical considerations. As such, it is recommended that you leave it to the professionals.