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gottalaugh2

04:44PM | 07/25/03
Member Since: 07/24/03
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I have a steel frame carport that I bought from wal-mart. I put it together. Now, I want to enclose it. Vinyl siding would look the nicest. How do I attach? Don't know how to drill screw thru steel! Thanks soo much. You don't know what a stress reliever it would be for my to have that usable storage area!!Tracy

Bob Jr

05:55PM | 07/25/03
Member Since: 01/19/03
44 lifetime posts
If you have a simple car part type thing with no walls justa roof on for posts I'm not sure vinyl siding will work for you. Vinyl siding needs to be held in place every 18 inches or so. Unless you have a steel support every 18 inches in the vertical direction it will sag. If you do use it make sure you leave the screw loose, the vinyl will need to expand and contract with the temperature changes. I think you will find the vinyl is too flimsy. Also self tapping screws may work depending on how thick the steel supports are.

I can't imagine anything wal-mart would sell having the strength and support for putting siding on it. You may have to attch support materials before the siding.

mini me

09:56PM | 07/26/03
Member Since: 12/09/02
66 lifetime posts
vinyl siding as good as it may look would not be a very good choice for siding your portable car port...vinyl siding needs to have a solid backing behind it in addition to needing to have fasteners spaced closer together than the distance between the vertical members of your structure.

Your best bet would probably be to use the same type of steel siding that is often used on pole barns...the easiest way to install this for your project would be to run it horizontally



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