How to install PVC cladding

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How to install PVC cladding
Get the right tools for the job. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

PVC cladding is a type of interior or exterior siding or wall covering made from the plastic polyvinyl chloride. It is fully weatherproof, relatively easy to install, and often cheaper than wood or aluminium. Another benefit of PVC cladding is its durability; it maintains its colour and finish for years. PVC cladding also offers good moisture and UV protection, and a measure of thermal insulation. The most common type of PVC cladding installation is for shower surrounds.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Wood saw
  • Screwdriver
  • 2.5 x 5 cm (1 x 2 inch) wooden batten boards
  • 3.8 cm (1 1/2 inch) screws
  • 3.8 cm (1 1/2 inch) nails
  • PVC cladding kit (including flanges and horizontal trim)
  • Jigsaw
  • Hammer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Screw wooden batten boards cut to fit horizontally all along the bottom of the surface you'll be covering, using a screwdriver.

  2. 2

    Screw in wooden batten boards vertically 60 cm (2 feet) apart up to the top of the surface. Cut them with a wood saw to leave a 5 cm (2 inch) space at the top for another row of horizontal batten boards.

  3. 3

    Screw in wooden batten boards cut to fit horizontally along the top of the surface.

  4. 4

    Cut the first row and all subsequent rows of cladding with a jigsaw to fit the horizontal dimensions of the surface.

  5. 5

    Nail the supplied flange for the first row of cladding to the bottom batten boards through the designated nailing area with a hammer, then slide the first row of cladding onto the flange that came with the cladding kit. The flange provides a way to attach the first row of cladding to the bottom batten without having to nail through a part of the cladding that will remain exposed. Subsequent cladding panels will be nailed through the top, which is then covered by the overlapping bottom of the next row.

  6. 6

    Nail the top of the first row of cladding to the vertical batten boards.

  7. 7

    Place the second row of cladding so that it overlaps the nailing area of the first row, then nail to the vertical batten boards through the top area to be covered by the next row. Continue this until you have reached the top of the surface you're covering.

  8. 8

    Nail the supplied flange for the horizontal trim to the top horizontal batten boards, then hang the horizontal trim, cut to fit, along the flange to cover the nailing area of the top full row of cladding.

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