How to Install Plastic Cladding

What You'll Need
Wood saw
PVC cladding kit
1in x 1 in wooden batten boards
1/2 inch nails
1/2 inch screws
Safety glasses

PVC is waterproof, durable, cheap and easy to install, which is why plastic cladding is often used for interior and exterior walls.

Step One - Preparation

Protect yourself when using machinery to cut materials so ensure you wear gloves and safety glasses. Check that your wooden batten boards are the right size for the area you are working on before you begin the job; some will need to fit horizontally at the bottom and top of the surface and some vertically down the area. Open your PVC cladding kit and lay out all the materials.

Step Two - Assemble Boards

Using a screwdriver, screw in your horizontal boards along the bottom of your surface. Then screw your vertical wooden boards up to the top of your surface, 2 feet apart. Saw off 2 inches from the top of your vertical boards, this is where you should screw the rest of the horizontally cut boards in place at the top of the surface.

Step Three - Cut and Apply the Cladding

Carefully use your jigsaw to cut each row of cladding in order for them to fit horizontally on your surface. Take the flange supplied in your cladding kit and hammer in a nail attaching it to the bottom batten boards. The top of the first row of cladding can then be nailed to the vertical boards.

The next row of cladding should be placed overlapping the nails of the first row and the tops should be nailed to the vertical batten boards as before. Repeat this row by row process until you reach the top of your area.

Step Four - Add the Final Flange

Take the flange made for the horizontal trim and nail it onto the horizontal batten boards at the top. Cut the horizontal trim to fit and hang on the flange to hide the nails on the top row of cladding.