On Friday, Ben got the call we’ve been waiting for. Our steel siding is done and ready to pick up. Hooray, we can actually finish the outside of our house! However, we did stray slightly from our original plan.
Using corrugated rust steel was always the intention, until we started weighing the pros and cons. Corrugated is more rigid and larger panels mean quicker install. However, the 40 inch wide panels can make some cuts more difficult. All exposed screws must be lined up to keep it looking nice, too.
So, what’s the other option? Standing seam steel, that has a board and batten look. These panels are 13 inches wide, which is better for intricate cuts and are easier to shimmy into the channels. It is also secured with hidden fasteners, so there are very few exposed screws. Standing seam was actually about 30 cents cheaper than the corrugated, but the hidden clips bump the price up another 50 cents per square foot. After talking with the company, measuring, and giving them our cut list, we placed our order. Then patiently waited for it to be manufactured and tackled a few loose ends inside.
Having never installed steel siding, we thought it best to start on the less visible back side. Which also happens to be the most difficult area with angled cuts, windows and doors, and a few light boxes, too. Overall, install went really smooth. A special steel cutting blade (we bought ours with the steel) makes cuts quick and even. Channels surround the windows and doors, allowing the steel to tuck inside for a tight seam.
Every two feet or so, clips snap on to the steel, and then get screwed into the wall. The next piece covers the edge and the process repeats.
Even with the learning curve and funky cuts, the back took less than a complete weekend to finish.
Ben kind of freaked out the guy when he picked up the steel by jokingly asking, “If I leave this outside, it won’t rust, will it?” Our plan is to see how much it weathers over the winter. If we want to quicken (or even) the process, we can spray it with water.
Next up, finishing the front and garage sides. I’m sure everyone, neighbors included, will be happy when we’re finished.