Bamboo Cladding – Install your own cladding
Want to install bamboo cladding yourself? In this manual we show how you can transform your facade with our bamboo cladding planks in 4 easy steps.
Good preparation is half the job. Think carefully about how you want to adjust your facade and make a sketch of what this will look like. This makes it easier to calculate which materials you need. Draw the laying pattern, wooden frame and any saw loss on the sketches.
- How much do you want to cover your facade with bamboo cladding? Make a calculation for the square meters.
- Where are you going to install the bamboo cladding? It is important for the clips and facade planks that you have a stable and level substructure on which you can attach the clips and planks. With a crooked facade it is therefore important to ensure that you take this into account with building the wooden substructure.
- What tools and materials do you need? The necessary tools and materials to assemble a facade are: expansion rope, tape measure, pencil, long spirit level, crosscut saw, cordless drill, bamboo cladding, screws, wooden beams for substructure and facade clips.
Bamboo Import facade boards have the standard size of 140 x 1850 mm. This means that you need about 4 planks per m². The facade boards fall like rebate parts and have a tongue and groove side. They therefore fall into each other without loss of length. The clips of the facade planks are installed blindly between the planks. The overlap makes the actual width of the planks 130mm.
Because the clips must be placed every 50 cm, it is important that you install wooden beams every 50 cm on the wall that you want to clad. This is how every bamboo cladding plank will be fixed with 4 clips.
Installing Bamboo Cladding in 4 Steps
Step 1: Lining the wall
• Look at the part you want to clad and stretch the expansion rope so you know where the joists should be. Keep in mind that the supporting beams will be placed at right angles under the facade planks. It can help to draw the lines on the wall with chalk.
• Check whether there are still holes on the wall where insects can crawl into, for example. It is important to seal these. This also prevents water from remaining in it if the planks are stuck.
• When the substrate is ready, you can proceed to stake out the lines. Indicate where the wooden beams should be placed by making a mark on the wall. Please note that the beams may not be more than 40 cm apart in width.
Step 2: Placing the joists
• Now you can place the joists. Use joists with a minimum size of 40 x 60 mm. We recommend Azobe hardwood slats of 45 x 70 mm.
• Fasten each beam every 50 to 60cm. To fix the beams in the wall, it is important that you use the right materials.
Step 3: Installing the cladding
Installing our bamboo facade planks is very easy. Our bamboo facade boards are equipped with a rebate groove so that you can attach them with special facade clips. In this way you can blindly fix the facade boards (screws are out of sight), which is of course much nicer.
The clips should be screwed in with the screw facing up. The facade planks have a sloping side (top) and a bottom. The shelves should be mounted with the sloping side up. This way the shelf fits perfectly in the clips and it can all be mounted invisibly.
Due to the good stability of the Bamboo Import cladding planks and the shape of the tongue/groove on the front side, no space needs to be left between the planks on the front side. The ends (tongue and groove) must be impregnated with oil or wax to prevent water from penetrating.
When you use multiple lengths of facade planks for your facade, it is recommended to stagger the seams each time. For example, you can lay the facade cladding in a stretcher bond or wild bond pattern. This both looks good and provides extra stability. The facade boards must always be laid on at least 3 supporting beams. So pay attention to this with half boards on the ends. Mount the ends of the facade planks on the supporting beams as much as possible.
Installing bamboo cladding boards with clips:
• Start laying the first siding board at a corner of the bottom edge of the wall.
• Drill the hole for the screw. You should always pre-drill hardwood beams with a drill with a diameter of 3.2 or 3.5 mm.
• Tighten the screw in the clip and joist without fixing. Place at least 5 clips.
• Now place the bamboo cladding on the clips with the bottom side down.
• Screw the intermediate clips into the girders with a screw. Always screw perpendicular to the beam. Always use the cordless drill with a low speed and low torque.
• Fasten the top plank of your wall at the top with screws through the sloping side.
Installing bamboo cladding boards with screws
• Drill the hole for the screw on the left and right 20 mm from the sides.
• Use stainless steel screws of approx. 5.5 x 50 mm.
• The screws should be placed every 40cm, just like the clips.
Step 4: Finishing the cladding
• You can safely saw off the planks that protrude. Depending on the length and design of your cladding, you can use this cut piece for the next track.
• The cut ends must be impregnated with oil or wax to prevent water from penetrating.
• To prevent discoloration of the bamboo facade, it is advised to put the bamboo in oil twice a year. The best time to perform the first maintenance is 3-4 months after installation. With our Bamboo Shield oil you ensure that the cladding retain their beautiful color.
All done! Your bamboo cladding is now ready. If you still have questions about our products or their installation and maintenance, do not hesitate to contact us today.