Cutting Sheets On-Site
Cutting Steel and Metal Cladding
Always seek appropriate professional advice before cutting any steel sheeting to ensure safety standards are met and risk assessments carried out.
Prior to cutting, you will need to measure the length and width of your roof to establish how much to cut. Its not advisable to skip this step, you will want to ensure its accurate to avoid having any additional costs. You can mark out the area to cut with a sharpie, a pencil will not work as it will rub off of the finish.
It's advisable to cut steel sheeting on the ground, cutting steel whilst on a roof may cause serious injury and is a dangerous unnecessary way to do it.
Always lay steel sheeting face down on supports which are padded. Storing them this way will prevent scratching and make the process easier.
When selecting which tools to use for your project, we advise seeking additional advice from a professional. Its advisable to use tools which produce little or no heat as this may cause damage to the coating on steel roofing sheets. Heat can also cause damage or degrading to the anti condensation felt attachment.
When cutting long straight cuts, use a circular saw which has a fine tooth metal blade cutter that can produce a cold cut. For small cut outs or openings which are not in a straight line, a reciprocating saw or jigsaw may be sufficient.
You may be advised to use an angle grinding machine with small discs or small tooth blades when cutting. You may find reciprocating nibblers give a clean cut and easier to use on smaller sections.
There are a wide range of tools available to use when cutting steel sheeting and because of this it's imperative to seek advice before carrying out any work by a qualified professional. Cladco does not accept liability for accidents or injury that may occur by advice given on this website. We do not recommend specific tools but recommend seeking advise from a professional prior to carrying out any work, a risk assessment should be carried out prior to work taking place.
We advise the removal of swarf with a brush after cutting or installing to prevent any damage occurring to the sheet.