With their increasing popularity, you’ve probably heard by now of all the benefits metal buildings have to offer. Even if you aren’t in the market for designing or moving into a new steel construction, you can still take advantage of the material’s perks with a little do it yourself renovation. Using metal siding instead of wood, vinyl or shingles will award you less maintenance and more durability, along with the relief of knowing it’s fireproof. No longer known for looking so drab, metal can have an attractive quality, is energy efficient and easy to install with these DIY tips.
Generally all DIY projects begin with preparation, and installing metal siding is no exception. You will first need to measure the area you are looking to cover and determine the amount of material needed. Then you should prep the walls by checking for nails that are sticking out and scrape away any old paint or debris that needs to be removed. Rotted wood will require replacement and impressions filled in.
Next, you will want to secure your insulation with a staple gun to the complete space you will be putting in your metal siding. Extra attention should be paid to areas near door and window openings to avoid air leaks. Place at all corners and edges well and overlap the sides and end joints by approximately two inches.
establish a straight line
The key to accomplishing your metal siding project successfully is making sure it will be straight at the end of it all. It is advised that you guide yourself first measuring equal distances from the eaves and windows to the bottom of the house and creating a firm chalk line along all sides to meet at the corners. This will help to level your starter strip for installation.
After attaching the starter strip to the bottom of the entire house you are ready to hang your new metal siding. Line up the panels straight and install each sheet by hammering nails into the pre-cut holes. Each sheet should overlap by two inches. You want to confirm that the siding is able to move as it’s supposed to with seasonal changes, so make sure not to nail it down too tightly.
fasten corner caps
Once the metal siding is hung, one of the last steps is to fasten the corner caps underneath the ends of the sheets and secure the two components together. Establish that everything is fit tightly in place and stable.
This last step is optional. You have the choice of painting your metal siding if you are looking to have it match your home. Either a paint sprayer or roller may be used, and you will want to apply primer to the surface before applying any actual paint. Waiting a day or two for the primer to set is optimal before beginning your paint job.
Minimal steps make this DIY metal siding task fairly simple to understand, however, if you aren’t sure about your confidence level it may be best to leave it to a qualified installer.