SFS Group, USA
In the majority of roofing and cladding applications, metal panels are installed onto substructures. Although seemingly trivial, the selection of the correct tools and the application of proper installation procedures is paramount for the completion of a successful job. This article will outline the necessary tools and techniques required to ensure installers successfully complete projects without damaging fasteners or application substrates.
Select the Correct Drive Bits and Metal Panel Installation Procedure
Selecting an incorrect drive bit can result in serious efficiency and performance issues. A recessed magnet should be used for external drive fasteners and the correct size and design drive bit is always used for internal drive fasteners.
It is equally important to properly tighten fasteners into the application substrate. The majority of roofing and cladding fasteners will feature some type of bonding washer to provide a water-tight seal. Care must be taken to correctly drive the fastener into metal panels. Use the image below as a guide.
Metal panel installers should also take care to select a drill gun set to the correct rotational speed (RPMs). The following tables can be used as general guides for selecting the correct installation speed. However, it is a good idea to check with the fastener manufacturer for exact specifications. Read more.