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Hello everyone
The steel sheets on the upper part of my bisf house are looking the worse for wear.
It is not because they are badly corroded, in fact they are in pretty good condition but the paint is really bad and flaking away from the surface making the house look pretty sad.

I have asked a builder if he would be able to replace the steel sheets with something similar and a little more attractive but the builder wants me to find out how the sheets are fixed to the house.

Can anyone offer advice please?

Ps, I saw some brilliant images where this had been done in the galleries by Silent Assassin, he replaced his steel sheets but sadly I couldn’t see any fixings.

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I know this post is now pretty old but for future reference, I have managed to obtain and photograph one of the original fixing bolts that hold the steel fascia panels onto the horizontal frame supports.

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Just remembered you can actually see the way they are attached close up in the loft, if you go up there and look at the gable wall. It doesn’t have an internal lining up there so the back of the steel and the fixinings is exposed.

Ed

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Great answer there from Ed and here’s an image that may back up Ed’s description for you.

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Hi, they are fixed using a coach bolt from the outside inwards. You can see the heads of the bolts on the outside of the house. Inside there is a special clip with a hole in it that is clipped onto a horizontal L-section steel rail. The bolt goes through the clip and is fastened with a nut. Obviously the cladding was put up before the internal lining of the walls so that the nut could be put on. Therefore I don’t think replacement cladding could be attached in the same way. Some BISF houses have had new steel cladding put on at some point, but I’m not sure how it has been attached.

If they are in reasonable condition, I would probably repaint them. Obviously preparing them will be quite a bit of work but probably not compared with replacing. Alternatively they can be overclad with PVC, wood cladding, or modern coated steel cladding. If painted in an attractive colour they look pretty good in my opinion, rather like a Scandinavian or American style wooden house. Strangely though, around hear many people (or maybe the council at some point) have chosen a dirty grey which does look grim, and if neglected they do look sad.

Ed

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