​Our very own Roger Moore is on a not-so-secret mission to banish those technical woes

Vertically challenged?

Wall cladding is easy to install and looks fantastic when done right. However, it’s essential to do the necessary prep work, or the results can be less than desirable and there’s no magic wand to correct the error. It’s also the case that it’s easier to spot flaws when looking at a wall because you’re so much closer to it than you would be to a floor, which makes the need for the proper ground work even greater.

Perfecting the craft

The first point I would make is that installing wall cladding isn’t the same as installing flooring. I’d recommend wall cladding installation training, and advanced training for anyone who will be welding, whether someone was new to the industry, or the best flooring installer around. We have a huge range of industry experience amongst those coming along to our Altro Whiterock training school and have positive feedback on the tips and tricks you learn right across the board.

Level pegging

Before you start, making sure the walls are level is crucial. It’s best to install wall cladding onto a plaster board wall; putting it straight onto an uneven surface such as brick or block work means the weld will disappear into any gaps. This will not only look unsightly but it could create spaces that harbour dirt and bacteria which, in a hygienic environment, is not acceptable. Even for walls that appear level, it’s best practice to use A915 double sided foam tape under the joint to make sure that sheets have the same thickness. If one sits even slightly higher than the other, it will mean welding on an angle, which is harder to do and won’t result in a perfect finish.

A different approach

With flooring, we recommend grooving the edges out to weld once the flooring has been laid to allow the weld to take properly, helping to avoid it coming apart in the future. With wall cladding, it’s the opposite approach; the bevel should be done on a flat surface before the sheets are put onto the wall. This helps keeping lines straight and ensure the grooves are the same depth all the way along; it’s much harder to do once the sheet is vertical!

Another difference between installing flooring compared with wall cladding is that it’s best to use a compact welder as they’re much lighter and easier to use. Imagine holding a standard welder at arm’s length for any amount of time and you’ll understand where I’m coming from!

Final thought

A little prep goes a long way. Wall cladding installation is a great additional service to provide and it is straight-forward, just a bit different. If you have any questions, or are interested in attending our training school, please get in touch. 

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Posted: 26/10/2015 10:47:08 by Chris Edwards-Thorne | with 0 comments