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Installation - PVC Beadboard Planks
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Also see General Beadboard Installation Instructions.
NOTE: It is traditional to run ceiling Beadboard with the length of the ceiling. That usually means perpendicular to standard ceiling joist layout, thereby allowing Beadboard to be nailed directly to each joist.
Before installing the first Plank, test fit two Planks together. Note how the tongue edge of one piece fits into the grove edge of the other. The groove edge has the nailing fin discussed below.
1. Allow 1/4" on each end of the porch for expansion. You can cover this space with Moulding.
2. With the nailing fin positioned away from the wall, face nail the first Plank near the wall with maximum nail spacing of 24". (See Note #1 below.)
3. Next, nail through the nailing fin on the other edge of this first Plank. Maximum nail spacing is 24".
4. Insert the tongue edge of the next Plank over the nail fin of the previous Plank and fit snuggly into the groove of the previous Plank. Continue nailing through the fin on each subsequent Plank (on maximum 24" centers) until the far side is reached.
5. 16 gauge pneumatic nailers or staplers are also acceptable for Steps 2 - 4. Recommended air pressure is 75-80 psi.
6. Use clear PVC cement where Plank ends
must be butted together.
7. Make sure butt joints occur on a solid surface and nail each end at this joint.
8. The last Plank will probably need its width adjusted. Measure, mark and rip to the desired width.
9. A power saw can be used to cut last Plank to a width that will leave at least 1/4" for expansion.
10. Face nail the last Plank near the wall.
11. Trim with your choice of PVC Moulding. Install Moulding using finish nails or screws. Glue joints with PVC Adhesive and finish with latex caulk.
1. PVC Beadboard Planks can be installed on joists spaced 24" on center as long as the adjoining space does not exceed 130 degrees Fahrenheit. If it does, then PVC Beadboard Planks must be installed on joists with 16" centers.
2. Attic above where Planks are installed should be well ventilated. Check with local building code.
3. Air temperature should be 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit during installation.
4. PVC Beadboard Planks are not load bearing.
5. Can be painted but that is not required. If you have another color in mind, use a 100% acrylic latex paint. If Planks will receive direct exterior sunlight paint should have a Light Reflective Value of 55 or higher. See paint manufacturer's recommendation for painting PVC. Cellular PVC does not absorb moisture so paint lasts much longer than on wood.
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