Novi Fieldstone Plus Siding Installation Guide

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Tools and Supplies You'll Need

  1. Nails or Screws
  2. Hammer, Screwdriver or Screw gun with the appropriate tip for the screws being used.
  3. Snips or Saw for cutting siding (we recommend using a circular saw with a finishing blade.)
  4. Drill
  5. Tape Measure
  6. Level
  7. Aluminum or Flashing
  8. Some type of color complimenting caulk to apply as necessary
  9. Utility Knife

Directions:

Caution: Remember that Polymer undergoes Expansion/Contraction due to variations in temperature. The following instructions will allow for the Expansion/Contraction of the material.

Always begin the siding panel installation from left to right and make sure that a wall is completed before beginning a new one. Always begin at the lowest part of the structure.

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General Information

Nail into the center of the nailing holes on the faux fieldstone siding panel.

1.) Always hammer into the installation holes. Each hole features a polymer film that allows for precise centering of the nail and ensures proper expansion and contraction of the material. Every siding panel must be nailed by 5 nails in the nailing channel at maximum intervals of 16" (40,64cm) or less. If your faux fieldstone siding panels are installed on a furring wall, a furring strip is required behind each nail. Always use non-corrosive nails or screws that can penetrate a minimum of 3/4" (1,91cm) into a solid surface.

Stoppers on the panels will help keep nails from being driven down completely.

2.) When hammering nails, be sure not to hammer the nail in completely leaving a gap of 1/16"(0,16cm). The stoppers located around the holes help to provide the required gap by keeping the hammer from driving nails in too far.

Our siding installation guide will help you properly install panels for a beautiful appearance.

3.) Make sure that all pieces are properly joined together.

View our Novi Trim Plus installation guide for the complete steps to installing siding trim.

4.) Always hammer into the installation holes. Each hole features a polymer film that allows for precise centering of the nail and ensures proper expansion and contraction of the material. Every siding panel must be nailed by 5 nails in the nailing channel at maximum intervals of 16" (40,64cm) or less. If your faux fieldstone siding panels are installed on a furring wall, a furring strip is required behind each nail. Always use non-corrosive nails or screws that can penetrate a minimum of 3/4" (1,91cm) into a solid surface.

Note: We recommend using a circular saw with a finishing blade when cutting the material.


Siding Installation

Starter strip placement is dependent on the wall and surrounding area of installation.

1.) Begin by installing the starter strip at the lowest point of the structure. The horizontal starting line should be perfectly leveled and square with the wall. If using Novi Trim Plus, leave a 1/2” (1,27cm) gap at each end of the wall. When there is a floor against the wall, you must make sure to leave a 1&5/16” (3,33cm) gap between the starter and floor. If there is no floor, your starter strips should be flush with the base of the wall.

Nail the starter strips through the nailing holes at maximum intervals of 8” (20,32cm) or less. DO NOT FORGET to nail in the center hole. Install the following starter strip by sliding it left to the stopper in the previous one and then nail it as mentioned above. We recommend using galvanized roofing nails that will penetrate the solid surface to a depth of 1&1/2’’ (3,81cm). When installing onto concrete, use 3/16’’ (0,48cm) dia. round head self-drilling screws (e.g. tapcon®) that will penetrate the concrete to a depth of at least 1’’ (2,54cm). Take into account the thickness of the panel.

Note: Refer to the Tips & Tricks section at the end of the siding installation instructions for installations using regular Novi Trim at the bottom of the wall to achieve a more finished look.

Install a length of starter strip on the back of your faux fieldstone siding panel.

2.) Cut a 36" (91,44cm) length of starter strip and screw it into bumps on the back of the faux fieldstone siding panel. We recommend using non-corrosive screws #8 3/4" to fasten the starter strip.

Cut the left side of the starting panel so it will sit against the trim pieces properly.

3.) When using Novi Trim Plus, cut the left side of a panel in a straight line, insert the panel into starter strip and slide it under the Novi Trim Plus . Leave a space of 1/4" (0,64cm) between the inside of wall trim and the siding panel. Measure your wall length to determine where to cut your first panel to avoid having a very small piece at the right end of the wall. Make sure to align adjacent walls. It may be necessary to cut the edge of the trim to provide a nicer fit with the panel.

Hammer nails into the center hole, lateral hole and other require holes on the siding panel.

4.) Hammer a nail into the center hole of your panel (Figure D) to ensure even movement in both directions during expansion/contraction. Then hammer nails into the last hole on both ends and into the lateral holes. If the panel is installed on a furring wall, a furring strip is required behind these holes.

Note: If any panel piece is lacking the initial center hole in the middle, you will need to drill a new center hole with a 1/8" (0,31cm) diameter at the same height as the other installation holes. Each full length panel should be secured with a minimum of 5 nails plus the nail into the lateral hole.

Join faux fieldstone panels together until the stoppers on the back are reached.

5.) Cut another 36" (91,44cm) length of starter strip and screw it as mentioned in Step 2. Hook the second faux fieldstone siding panel into the starter strip and slide it over the previous panel. Make sure that the tabs on both sides are locked together and spaced equally. If installing at an outdoor temperature over 68°F (20°C), slide panel to the stoppers located at the back of the panel.

For colder temperatures, consult the printed temperature line for adjoining panel placement.

6.) Once resistance is felt, do not force insertion of part. Use the reference line located on the front of the siding panel to validate correct positioning. When installed at an outdoor temperature under 68°F (20°C), adjust the panel to the temperature line indicated. Repeat this step until the end of wall.

Stagger cuts for subsequent rows so that seams and patterns are less recognizable.

7.) Start the second row by cutting the first panel with 16’’(40,6cm) increment from the cuttinf line of the first row. Slide the hooks located at the bottom of the panel into the top of the previously installed row. Proceed with this row and subsequent ones following steps 3 and 4. Take care with each new row to alternate the position of the cut on the first panel for a more natural look and to help hide any seam. Always finish one wall before beginning another.

If panel cuts remove the installation holes, a new nailing spot will need to be cut.

8.) For the final row, or in places where you may need to attach siding other than in installation holes, at a concealed spot on the panel use a knife to create new slots 1/2” (1,27cm) wide for nailing. The slot must be wider than the nail but not as wide as the nail head. Although not set in the pre-made installation holes, this type of cutting will allow for proper expansion and contraction movement of the siding panel.

Note: Regular Novi Trim can ONLY be used at the bottom of a Novi Plus siding panel installation for a more finished look and cannot completely replace the use of Novi Trim Plus.

Tips and Tricks

bottom row of Novi Trim can give Novi Plus siding panels a cleaner finished look.

1.) For a neater/more finished look, you may install the first rows of panels using regular Novi Trim at the bottom of the wall instead of using Novi Trim Plus. To do this, install starter strips at 1&13/16" (4,60cm) from the wall's bottom or above the ground and then install the regular Novi Trim Base under them. Continue your installation from step 2 of these siding installation instructions. Once the first row of wall is completed, install a regular Novi Trim Top to the desired depth.

Note: Regular Novi Trim can ONLY be used at the bottom of a Novi Plus siding panel installation for a more finished look and cannot completely replace the use of Novi Trim Plus.


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