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Fiber Cement Siding

Best Practices for Effective Job Site Management

Tips for getting the job done right.  Ensure the proper delivery equipment is utilized. Refer to the Fiber Cement Siding ShoppingList™ on the inside of this brochure for a list of those materials. . Identify the drop location on your job site and communicate this to the project manager. it’s important to establish a delivery plan ahead of time. See the diagram to the right for an example of multiple drop locations. such as a curb. you can ensure you get the most out of WeatherBoards™ Fiber Cement siding. Multiple drop locations can mean you do not have to carry the product as far from the pallet to the cutting table to the scaffolding. By following the simple guidelines in this brochure. Note: Siding units are long and heavy. can be proud. • Delivery truck with mounted crane. and your customers. •  Flatbed delivery truck and job site forklift. When it comes to protecting the quality and performance of WeatherBoards™ Fiber Cement siding. and steep slopes. your own installation crew and your siding supplier who will deliver the materials. •  Locate and avoid any hazards. Ensure that forks are spread 60" apart— measuring the interior of the forks—to avoid pallet deflection. such as utility boxes. mud. and will have a tendency to sag if not properly supported with a forklift or a crane during the unloading process. Phase 1: Ordering/Delivery Selecting the right materials In addition to WeatherBoards™ Fiber Cement siding. •  When loading and unloading fiber cement pallets. ensure there is a clear path in which to transport the pallets to the storage location. Coordinating delivery Whether your local distributor or lumberyard is delivering your siding to the job site or you’re delivering it yourself. follow these steps for a smooth delivery: 1. In some cases. can “shock” the pallet and damage the product. 2. you’ll need other materials to complete your project. including: • Delivery truck with mounted forklift. stakes. standing water. In addition to planning drop locations. Identify job site hazards • Find or create a safe path into and out of the job site. water shutoff valves. scrap lumber with exposed fasteners. it’s appropriate to divide your order into multiple drop locations around the job site. thereby increasing your productivity. Hitting hard obstacles. and a finished result of which you. every step of the process is important—from manufacturing to installation.

If the product is installed while wet. (Continued on the back) . bundling material or layers of foam (used to protect WeatherBoards™ Fiber Cement siding with ColorMax® products) from the top of the pallet. taking care to avoid damaging the shroud. blocked roof gutters.  Clear away any extra tape.  Properly carry the siding to the desired location. •  Away from hazards —In all cases. re-cover it with the original shroud. When you’re finished accessing the pallet. Make sure the product is: •  Properly placed —Store in a covered area or garage whenever possible (being careful not to damage the surface below). do not install it until it dries thoroughly. Disclaimer: WeatherBoards™ Fiber Cement siding is coated with our FiberTect® Sealing System to protect against moisture. the product can become saturated if not protected during storage. 3. Handling fiber cement siding Always carry lap siding by its narrow edge. panel butt joints may separate or swell and require replacement. and areas where snow and ice may build up. • Protected from underneath—Place a tarp on the ground under the pallet to help minimize the wicking up of moisture into the product. repair it or use a new shroud. Cover with a tarp for extra protection. Phase 3: Handling Breaking a pallet 1. sprinkler systems. If the shroud is damaged or torn. Two people should pick up panel siding and carry from the center of the piece. leaving the sides enclosed to keep the siding in place. improper job site storage can damage the product or cause job site obstructions for other trades and deliveries. •  Covered—Keep the product covered with its original shroud. Recommended carrying guidelines are illustrated to the right. muddy locations.Phase 2: Job Site Storage Proper job site storage helps protect the product and can streamline the installation process. Stacking guidelines WeatherBoards™ Fiber Cement siding should only be stacked if ordered in bulk and stored on pavement or firm. A tarp should be added for extra protection from the elements. flat and level ground. Pick up lap siding from the center of the piece.  Remove banding and pallet shroud. Conversely. it can be more difficult to handle. If the shroud is damaged. even with this sealer. However. repair it with tape or use a new shroud. roof drainage. or divide into multiple material drop locations (see the drop locations diagram in Phase 1: Ordering/Delivery). Recommended stacking heights are indicated in the chart to the right. If fiber cement becomes saturated. place the product in a dry area away from downspouts. 2. •  Dry at all times —Be aware that if the product becomes wet or saturated before it is installed.

Refer to the WeatherBoards Fiber Cement Siding InstallationList™ below for a list of installation Dos and Don’ts. non-self-flashing penetrations. Box 860 Valley Forge. When cutting WeatherBoards Fiber Cement Lap Siding with CertainTeed ColorMax® Finish. color matched or paintable caulk or sealant that complies with either ASTM C834 (latex) or ASTM C920 (urethane) and is compatible with both fiber cement siding and the materials used for trim. Printed in U. driveways. review the CertainTeed WeatherBoards™ Fiber Cement Siding Installation Manual (FC017) and all applicable building codes in their entirety. Yes No ASK ABOUT OUR OTHER CERTAINTEED PRODUCTS AND SYSTEMS: EXterior: R o o f i n g • S i d i n g • w i n d o w s • f e n c e • r a i l i n g • t r i m • d e c k i n g • f o u n d a t i o n s • p i p e I nterior : INSULATION • GYPSUM • ceilings CertainTeed Corporation P. Cut ends must be re-sealed with 100% acrylic latex primer or paint. © 7/12 CertainTeed Corporation. The manual can be downloaded at www. Installation All butt ends/joints should be installed in moderate contact with one another. handling. place nail 1" down from the top edge of the board. When using a circular saw or mechanical shears. Flashing must span 3" to the left and right of the butt joint and 1" over the previous course of siding. please call your CertainTeed Territory Manager or our Sales Support line at 1-800-233-8990. Durable. WeatherBoards™ Fiber Cement Siding InstallationList™ Required installation practices observed on the job? Category Clearances Handling Installation Item 1/4" between bottom of all WeatherBoards Fiber Cement Siding and horizontal flashing pieces (NOTE: do not caulk). place nail 3/4" up from the bottom edge of the board. etc.C. non-structural sheathing does not exceed 1" in thickness. Lap siding carried in the center of the piece by the narrow edge. and when face nailing. PA 19482 Professional: 800-233-8990 Consumer: 800-782-8777 www. Siding is applied over CertaWrap™ Weather Resistant Barrier or other weather resistant barrier in accordance with local building code. Shapes (with the exception of Perfection Shingles) are installed over a minimum of 7/16" OSB or 1/2" plywood sheathing and framing is spaced no more than 24" O. FC063. Use high-quality. Fastener heads must be installed proud to the surface of the material. porches. Fastening Nails must penetrate a minimum of 1-1/4" into structural framing.Phase 4: Installation Before you begin installation. cut fiber cement siding face Use appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while on job site.S. and around all windows and doors. If you have questions about proper storage. Be sure to caulk wherever the siding meets the trim. Clearances Safety Cutting Siding is held back a minimum of 6" from final grade.certainteed. Siding is held back a minimum of 1" from roof lines. leave the protective film on the siding until it is nailed to the substrate.certainteed.O. and installation techniques or need additional information. When fastening into structural rated sheathing. non-corrosive back flashing that is non-reactive with fiber cement is required for use at all butt joints. When blind nailing. Cut siding outdoors when possible. Siding is dry when installed. then remove before applying the next course. Panel siding carried in the center of the piece by two people. . it must be a minimum of 7/16" OSB or 1/2" plywood. Painting Finishing Use high-quality 100% acrylic latex paint or stain.A. decks. exterior grade. When fastening lap siding or Perfection Shingles to structural Code No.

butt joint cover or H-channel Usage Required Required Recommended* Recommended Recommended Recommended Recommended Recommended Recommended Recommended Recommended Required Required Recommended Recommended Recommended Required Required Required What is it for? Instructions for proper installation of WeatherBoards™ Fiber Cement siding To cover pallets of material on job site prior to installation For use in reducing potential exposure to below OSHA Permissible Exposure Levels (PELs) Tool for alignment of siding panel exposure Provides consistent placement of fasteners 1" down from the top of the siding For cutting WeatherBoards™ Fiber Cement siding Use to establish weather resistant barrier behind cladding Use to tape seams of the weather resistant barrier For use around straight openings and penetrations For use around curved and angular applications such as arched or call 800-233-8990 Order from your local CertainTeed distributor Order from your local CertainTeed distributor PacTool Gecko Gauges Big Sky Adapter Irwin.certainteed. outlets. If ventilation is not adequate to limit exposure. This dust may contain crystalline silica. class 25) Recommended Required Required * When fiber cement is cut or drilled. painted aluminum trim coil. doors and window sills Use when installing CertaWrap™ Weather Resistant Barrier to wood sheathing For WeatherBoards Fiber Cement siding installation (refer to ESR-1066 for exact fastener specifications) For fiber cement trim installation (refer to FC017 WeatherBoards Fiber Cement Siding Installation Manual for exact fastener specifications) Level exterior trim around windows and doors Exterior trim applications Exterior trim applications Field-generated color matched flashing Flashing for horizontal trim and at tops of windows and doors Butt joint treatment for lap siding to meet ICC code requirements (refer to FC017 WeatherBoards Fiber Cement Siding Installation Manual) For use with exterior lights. which can pose a health risk. . " 4/4 and 5/4) Flashing Color matching aluminum coil Window flashing Butt joint flashing. " 5/8. work outdoors or use mechanical ventilation to reduce potential exposure to below OSHA Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs). " 4/4 and 5/4) Restoration Millwork® PVC Trim (7/16. #15 felt. Malco. double hot-dipped galvanized or stainless steel nails Corrosion-resistant or stainless steel 16 gauge finish nails Trim Shims CertainTeed Fiber Cement Trim (7/16. it will create dust. DeWalt. penetrations. Available from Available at www. To ensure adequate ventilation. Bosch.WeatherBoards™ Fiber Cement Siding ShoppingList™ Used on the job? Category Reference Storage Safety Tools Item FC017 Installation Manual for WeatherBoards™ Fiber Cement siding Tarps (minimum 10' x 20') NIOSH-approved disposable respirator (N95) Alignment gauges Nail placement adapter 7-1/4"–12" polycrystalline diamond-tipped blade Weather Resistant Barrier  CertaWrap™ Weather Resistant Barrier CertaTape™ construction tape CertaFlash™ BA flashing CertaFlash™ Flex flashing Fasteners Plastic-capped nails or staples Non-corrosive. spigots. and others Order from your local CertainTeed distributor Order from your local CertainTeed distributor Order from your local CertainTeed distributor Order from your local CertainTeed distributor Order from your local CertainTeed distributor Order from your local CertainTeed distributor Order from your local CertainTeed distributor Order from your local CertainTeed distributor Order from your local CertainTeed distributor Order from your local CertainTeed distributor Alsco Metals Corporation Order from your local CertainTeed distributor Bear Skin from Bear Cub Industries. and other penetrations For touching up small marks Sealant for siding/trim intersections. etc. wear a NIOSH-approved disposable respirator (N95) or air purifying cartridge respirator filled with N (non-oil). and others Order from your local CertainTeed distributor Order from your local CertainTeed distributor Order from your local CertainTeed distributor Yes No TO BE ORDERED/MAKE SURE It IS ON-SItE Accessory Finishing Mounting blocks ColorMax® touch-up kit Color matching caulking that complies with ASTM C920 (grade NS. Hitachi. P or R series filters.