Installing Nickel Gap Siding
Aside from one challenging piece beneath the windows, Nickel Gap siding was pretty easy to install.
The Boral TruExterior Nickel Gap Siding that Bruce and I used on the face of the dormer was installed with relative ease due to the tongue and groove style locking system and the fact that the panels were 8 inches wide.
The real challenge we encountered was notching out around the windows. Because of the cold weather in the morning the siding became very brittle so notching and ripping a board to fit under the windows was difficult and we broke the first piece. After our failed attempt Bruce had a brilliant idea – instead of notching the one board around the bottom of the windows we cut five separate pieces: three full width pieces for the sides and in between the two windows and two ripped pieces that were 3/4 of an inch wide under each window. The joints are actually unnoticeable and they look like one whole piece from the ground.
After Bruce and I tackled that issue the rest was a breeze to install and went up quite fast and you could never tell that the siding around the windows were cut and pieced together.