Always begin the siding 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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1.) Always hammer in the installation holes. These holes include a polymer film, which permits for precise centering of nail, allowing the expansion and contraction of the material. Each complete panel must be nailed by 5 nails in nailing channel at maximal intervals of 16” (40,6cm). If panels are installed on a furring wall, a furring strip is required behind each nail. Always use non-corrosive nails or screws that must be able to penetrate a minimum of 3/4” (1,91cm) into a solid surface.
2.) Never hammer the nail in completely. Leave a gap of 1/16“(0,16cm).
3.) Make sure that all sections of the faux rock panels are properly joined together.
4.) When using trim, leave a space of 1/4” (0,64cm) between the inside wall of the trim and the siding.
Note: To cut the material, we recommend using a circular saw with a finishing blade.
1.) Install the starter strip at the lowest point of the structure. Ensure it is perfectly straight and square. Ensure the starting line it is perfectly straight and square with the wall. Leave a 1” (2,54cm) gap at each end of the wall when using decorative corners (1). If there’s a floor against the wall, leave a gap of 1/8” (0,32cm) between the starter and floor (2). If there’s no floor, starters should be flush with the wall base. Nail starters through the nailing holes at a max interval of 8” (20,32cm) or less. DO NOT forget to nail in the center hole (3). Install the next starter by sliding it left to the stopper in the previous one and nail it as above (4).
It is recommended to use galvanized roofing nails that will penetrate the solid surface to a depth of 1 1/2’’ (3,81cm). For 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 starter strip.
2.) Cut the left side of the faux rock panel in a straight line. Insert panel into starter strip and slide it in the J-trim corner. When using decorative corners, place the panel at 3 1/2’’(8,89cm) from the wall edge. Measure the wall length to determine where to cut your first panel in order to avoid having a very small piece at the right end of the wall. When using decorative corners: Read the siding installation instructions for corners to ascertain proper distance of cut from end of wall.
3.) Panel without a lateral hole: After positioning each of the faux rock panels at the proper spacing, nail in the center hole (the panel will move evenly in both directions in case of retraction or expansion). Also hammer a nail into the last hole on both ends. If the panel is installed on a furring wall, a furring strip is required behind this hole. N.B. If a piece of a panel does not have the initial center hole directly in the middle, drill a new center hole of 1/8“ (0,32cm) diameter at the same height as the other installation holes Each full panel should use a minimum of 5 nails.
3.1.) Panel with a lateral hole: If your panel features a lateral hole, follow Step 3 and be certain to also hammer a nail into the lateral hole of the panel. If installed on a furring wall, a furring strip is required behind the lateral hole as well.
4.) Panel with single temperature line
Install the following panel by hooking it into the starter strip and sliding over the previous panel. Make sure that the tabs on both sides are locked together and spaced equally. If installed at outdoor temperature over 40 ºF (5 ºC), slide panel to the stoppers (located at the rear panel). When resistance is felt, do not force insertion of part. Use the reference line to confirm the position. If installed at outdoor temperature under 40 ºF (5 ºC), adjust the panel to the temperature line indicated.
4.1.) Panel with multiple temperature lines
Install the following panel by hooking it into the starter strip and sliding over the previous panel. Make sure that the tabs on both sides are locked together and spaced equally. Refer to vertical lines that show the outside temperature the closest to that during siding installation.
5.) 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 taking care with each new row to alternate the position of the cut on the first panel. Be sure to finish one wall before beginning another.
6.) For the last row or 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 3/8”(0,96cm); the slot must be wider than the nail but not as wide as the nail head. Although not set in installation holes, this type of cutting will allow the expansion/contraction movement.
1.) Use the picture above to determine the corner type you have in possession and read the relevant sections.
These steps refer to Corners without base.
Corners with base: Refer to Corner with Base Installation below.
2.) The installation of corners begins once you have completed two adjacent walls. For proper installation and optimal corner appearance, make sure that the ends of faux rock panels finish at 3 1/2“(8,89cm) from the corner of the wall and at an equivalent height.
3.) For the first corner, insert the hooks into the starter strip and be sure to overlap the ends of each row’s panels. Fold back the top of the part toward the corner of the wall, then nail through the oblong holes.
4.) For all subsequent corners, insert the hooks into the openings of the previous corner. Fold back the top of the corner toward the wall, then nail through the oblong holes. Repeat this step to the top of the wall.
5.) For the last corner only, cut excess from part. On each side of the corner, make a hole wider than the shaft of the nail, but smaller than the head. Affix a nailing strip behind these locations to fasten corners firmly. Fold back the top of the corner and nail it down.
1.) Installation of these decorative corners may begin after you have finished installing the starter strips on the two adjacent walls.
- N.B. To ensure optimal installation and appearance, make sure that starter strips of both adjacent walls are at the same height.
First install a first corner base on the corner of two adjacent walls. Leave a space of about 1/4’’ (0,64cm) between the bottom of the corner base and the starter strip. Slide in the first panels of a row at a distance of 3/16’’ (0,48cm) from the corner base. This will allow for movement caused by expansion or contraction of the material.
2.) Before beginning the next row, check (without attaching the facing) if the height of the corner is level to that of the coverings. It is normal for mortar lines not to line up, but line up the bottom of pieces. Fasten corner facings completely only after the two adjacent walls have been completed.
3.) Install the next corner base by sliding it over the first until it is supported by it. Fasten the corner base on the corner of the wall and begin the second row. Repeat up to the top of the wall taking care that with each new row to alternate the position of the cut on the first panel. Be sure to finish one wall before beginning another.
4.) Once all walls have been completed, fasten the corner facings onto their bases. Tip: Firmly position the clips in their sockets and push evenly with both hands on the front edge of the corner.
- If you need to set the siding at an area other than the oblong nail hole, at a concealed spot on the panel, drill a hole larger than the nail body but smaller than the nail head to permit retraction / expansion.
* Do not set accessories directly on the siding. The fasteners must be fixed on a solid surface.