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How to install composite cladding boards is easy if you are a handy person, and you know what it requires to install a cladding. The first question to ask is, can I install my composite cladding myself? If you respond yes to the question, then you should proceed. This write-up explains how to install your composite cladding. 

Step One – Prepare the Area

Preparing the area you will install your composite cladding is the first thing to do. This process of preparing the site is not like preparing the place for building composite decking. You don’t have to clear the spot of grass or dirt. Since cladding is installed on the wall, there is no need to remove grasses. 

All you should do is make sure the wall is strong. Then, you should assess the length of the wall to know the total area your cladding will occupy. Measuring the length will enable you to see the amount of composite cladding board you will use for your project. Please make sure there are no outcrops on the wall so that it will not impede the smooth installation of your composite cladding. 

Step Two – Get All the Tools You Need

Getting all the tools you need to install your composite cladding is the second thing to do. You will need a drilling machine, a saw, a measuring tape, a marker, clips and fasteners for the task. You should have used a drilling machine before or at least you should be comfortable using one. 

Also, it would work if you had a carpentry square and spirit level to make sure your cladding is upright. Your saw should be sharp enough so that cutting the cladding board will be easy. It is the stage you will purchase your composite cladding.

Make sure you buy a quality composite cladding that has a longer lifespan. Also, you should purchase clips and fasteners that are made of high-quality material like steel or aluminium.

Step Three – Install the Joist

What to do is to install the joist. You will lay your composite cladding on the joists, that is why it should be made of strong material. There are two options here, and they are aluminium and treated wood. Building a joist with treated lumber or aluminium will ensure that it lasts longer like your composite cladding.

 If you are using treated wood for the joist, you should screw several planks to the wall and make sure they cross or intersect at some point. Also, make sure you install the joist at the bottom to prevent insect creeping up. Do the same if you are installing aluminium joists. Make sure the gap between the joist is not more than 40 centimetres. Also, you should install end and corner fascia at the edges of your joists.

Step Four – Arrange the Cladding Boards

After building the joist, you should start fixing the composite cladding board to it. It is better if you begin from a corner or one edge of your wall. Use a starter clip to hold the cladding board to the joists. You should first fix the clips to the joists with a screw. After, you can attach the panel to the pin so that it hooks it. 

Note that the starter clips will be at the edges and you should use it to install the first sets of boards. After installing the first set of panels, you can install the other composite cladding boards. The boards should be fixed to one another with intermediate clips. Make sure that the boards interlock at the grooved sides. Continue like this until you have finished setting all the composite panels. 

Note that warm temperatures will make your composite adding to expand while cold will make it to contract, so you must leave a space. You should leave at least 5 mm between the boards for expansion and contraction.

Step Five – Cover the Edges

After fixing all the boards, you should set the end and corner fascia to cover the edges so that your cladding will look beautiful.

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Conclusion

How to install your composite cladding is simple if you know how to and you follow the steps outline in this write-up.

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