Installing sun shade cladding on a metal structure

Installing on a metal structure will involve one of two situations:

1/ U-shaped metal profile:
The boards can be fixed using rivets of at least ø 4.9 mm (rivet length depends on the thickness of the metal support).

2/ Tube-shaped metal profile (often used for pergolas)
- Installing on a pergola:

  • When sun shade boards are oriented horizontally in a pergola configuration, "through-screws" for metal can be used (see diagram opposite). Use screws with minimum ø 5 mm, and follow the pre-drilling instructions.
  • When boards are oriented vertically in a pergola configuration, brackets must be used for fixing.

- To fix brackets to the metal surface of the support structure, use self-tapping metal screws appropriately sized for the thickness of the bracket and tube.
- To fix brackets to wood composite boards, self-tapping screws with minimum ø 4 mm can be used, or alternatively rivets with minimum ø 4.9 mm.
- Installation as cladding:

  • When the boards are oriented vertically in a cladding configuration, "through-screws" for metal may be used (see diagram opposite). Use screws with minimum ø 6 mm and follow the pre-drilling instructions.
  • When the boards are oriented horizontally in a cladding configuration, brackets (or U-profiles) must be used for fixing.

- To fix the brackets (or U-profiles) to the metal surface of the support structure, use self-tapping metal screws appropriately sized for the thickness of the two elements.
- To fix the brackets (or U-profiles) to the wood composite boards, self-tapping screws with minimum ø 5 mm can be used, or alternatively rivets with minimum ø 4.9 mm.
- If U-profiles are used, the board can be bolted into place.

Find out more; see PU35