Frequently Asked DIY Questions:

Before installation, check local building codes for relevant specification and recommendation. Local building codes should be followed at all times.

Q. How are MultiLite panels cut?
A. Use a razor knife or a circular saw with a fine tooth blade that has at least 10 teeth per inch.

Q. How are corrugated PVCLite, PVCLite Plus, and CoverLite panels cut?
A. Use a circular saw at a high speed but low advance rate. For curved cutting, use a jigsaw or metal cutting sheers.

Q. How are FiberLite panels cut?
A. Use a Masonry Abrasive blade.

Q. What special order colors are available?
A. Multiwall - clear, bronze, opal, white, hammered, and Softlite. Corrugated - clear, bronze, opal, and Softlite.

Q. What is the longest length sheet in stock?
A. The longest sheet is 48'. Every order is custom cut.

Q. How wide are the special order sheets from AmeriLux?
A. Agrilite: 38". Corrugated: 50" and 74". Multiwall: 47.25", 48", 71.25" and 72". Special size widths are available by special order.

Q. What type of sealant should be used on sheets?
A. Always check the product label to ensure compatibility. Use 100% silicone on CoverLite, MultiLite, and FiberLite sheets and a sealant adhesive for vinyl on PVCLite and PVCLite Plus sheets.

Q. How can I get my H- or U-Channel to slide onto the sheet?
A. Rubbing a bar of hand soap or squirting mild liquid dish detergent on the edge of the sheet can aid in sliding a profile onto a multiwall sheet. A screw driver or a putty knife can be used to gently pry open the profile. After the profile has been installed, use a soft wet cloth to remove any excess soap.

Q. Can panels be nailed into place instead of screwing?
A. It is not recommended to nail sheets rather than screw.  There is a greater chance for impact damage.  Screwing also allows for sheets to expand and contract with the weather which prevents warping.

Q. Is it necessary to pre-drill my holes?
A. Pre-drilling is a vital step in the installation process.  Without this, sheets will warp if unable to move during temperature changes.

Q. How are sheets cleaned?
A. Mild household detergents may be used with a soft rag.  Never use aggressive or abrasive cleaning agents or glass window cleaners; they can chemically attack sheets.

Q. When installing, can sheets be walked on?
A. During installation, do not walk on sheets.  Place boards between rafters to create a path for walking.

Q. What can be used for ridgecaps if none are available?
A. Use metal flashing along with foam or plastic closure strips to create a ridgecap if none available.

Q. What type of screw is needed?
A. Use chart below for products stocked at Menards. For special order products, please call customer service.

Product Frame Wall/Roof Application Screw Description Washer Notes
Multilite Wood Wall or Roof #10 Woodmate - 1" 1/2" Neoprene Bonded SKU# 1594382
MultiLite Metal Wall or Roof #12 Self-drilling/Self-tapping - 1" 1/2" Neoprene Bonded  
Corrugated Wood Wall #10 Woodmate - 1" 1/2" Neoprene Bonded Drill in Valley SKU# 1594382
Corrugated Wood Roof #10 Woodmate - 2" or 2.5" 1/2" Neoprene Bonded Drill on Peak
Corrugated Metal Wall #12 Self-drilling/Self-tapping - 1" 1/2" Neoprene Bonded Drill in Valley
Corrugated Metal Roof #12 Self-drilling/Self-tapping - 2" or 2.5" 1/2" Neoprene Bonded Drill on Peak

Q. Are samples available?
A. Samples and literature can be sent to store or directly to guest via UPS. Please call or email customer service with sample requests.

Q. Is there a certain material that should be used for greenhouses?
A. Yes, LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ 15 is a high-performance polycarbonate sheet. The proprietary UV-coating on the exterior side of sheet and a Dripgard coating on the interior make it ideal for greenhouse applications. Click Here for more product information.

Q. What is the lead time for special orders?
A. Lead time is about 2 weeks for special orders to arrive at store.

Q. What size cross purlins should be used on a wood frame?
A. Use at least a 2" x 2" for cross purlins when building a wood frame.

Q. What are the recommendations for purlin spacing?
A. Use chart below for products stocked at Menards. For special order products, please call customer service.

Product Purlin Spacing
PVCLite 24"
PVCLite Plus 24"
FiberLite 24"
CoverLite 24"
MultiLite 24" 6mm | 36" 16mm

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Q. Can items listed on the AmeriLux website be purchased at local Menards?
A. Yes, any item that AmeriLux has on website can be purchased from local Menards. Visit the Building Material Department for more information.

 

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