Contractors, Brush Up on Your Siding Installation Skills for Spring Renovations
Learn how to install STONEfaçade® Architectural Stone Cladding System the right way
Stone panelized siding is a growing trend for 2018. Chances are you may have a project that includes it this spring. STONEfaçade is engineered for siding contractors to easily install, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some important things to remember before tackling a siding project. Here are some of our top pro tips for STONEfaçade installation from Product Application Specialist Duane Crouch:
- Putting Safety first – Use gloves when handling the panels and their accessories because they have sharp metal inserts on the back. Also, when cutting the panels, use eye and ear protection.
- Choosing panels – Open multiple boxes of panels at a time to find the pieces that fit best along the wall. When you open just one box, you will have to do a lot more cutting than necessary. And try to use the least amount of vertical seams.
- Cutting – Use a wet tile or brick saw to cut the panels and an electric grinder for shaping. Once you’ve cut the panel, rinse it in a large bucket (5 gallons or more) to remove all debris before installing.
- Lining up – Step back from the wall frequently and check the look of your installation. Correct any issues before proceeding. Always position the cut end of panels or accessory’s away from entrances or walkways.
- Leveling – Make sure the wall is level and all accessories are straight when they’re installed. Use a level to check each panel along the way, including each direction on the corners. If something is not level, use a rubber mallet and a piece of 2x4 to tap panels into place, use a crowbar to raise the panel to level or substitute another panel to optimize fit and aesthetics. Use composite shims as needed to fix wall imperfections.
- Attaching – DO NOT USE NAILS. Use stainless steel wood screws with a pan or truss head. When fastening panels to wall, use a 2.5- to 3-inch driver in the drill, so the chuck on the drill won’t mar the face of the stone when you get close to it. When you line up the stainless steel feet correctly, you should be able to drill a clean hole every time.
- Creating corner sills – The best way to create a corner sill is to take one piece of sill and make a pie out of the corner rather than cutting two separate pieces at an angle and trying to make them line up.
- Staggering – When starting a new course of panels, stagger the vertical joints of the panels at least 3 to 5 inches from the previous course. Vary the use of all three widths of panels within a course, and from course to course, to give a natural appearance and avoid the alignment of vertical seams and same size stones.
As with any product, always be sure to read the full installation manual before installing. By following these best practices and more, your customers can have the beautiful home exterior they’ve dreamed of, just in time for warm weather.