Basic Installation Guide
Step 1: Position the starter boards
(When using the SmartClad™ Hidden fixing system.)
Correct alignment of the starter board is the key to a perfect job. Take time to position this board as accurately as possible.
Position the starter board so that it overlaps the concrete base of foundation by at least 50mm.
Confirm that the board is level with a laser or string line.
Nail the starter board to the bottom plate of the framing 75 to 100mm up from the bottom base board.
For best results, use a pre-shaped scriber or a self-made story rod as a set out guide to ensure the weatherboards line up with heads of windows.
Fix top of starter board with SmartClip and 65mm 8-gauge screw.
For full installation details see our Technical manual.
Step 2: Install each weatherboard
Fit the angled groove on the reverse of the SmartClad™ Weatherboards over the SmartClips along the length of the previous board. The board will sit in place with little effort while you prepare to secure it.
Fit the SmartClip into the rebate on the top of the weatherboard, making sure the clip is angled upwards.
With a little downward pressure on top of the board, screw the clip into place using the 65mm x 8-gauge screw, using the angled hole in the clip as a guide.
If needed, give the weatherboard a gentle downward tap with your hammer to make sure it is seated firmly.
To ensure you achieve the correct vertical cover of each board, use a pre-shaped scriber as a story rod while you install the weatherboards. This assists the correct fit of the pre-shaped scribers, window facings and box corners once the cladding is installed.
Step 3: Finishing
Prime cut ends — more paint will help seal the timber from moisture uptake and reduce dimensional movement.
Paint SmartClad™ Weatherboards as soon as possible to maintain their pristine finish.
The use of a high quality Acrylic top coat with an LRV of 45 or higher is advised. Ensure a minimum of 150 microns is applied, the more paint applied will aid performance over time.