Siding is an important part of any home. However, when buying or installing new siding for your home, it’s always in your best interest to learn everything you can about this product. This includes the terms that you may have heard your contractor or supplier throw around from time to time.
- Batten – If you use wood siding for your home, the batten is a strip of wood that seals its joints and often goes between the boards.
- Buttlock – The buttlock is the bottom portion of a vinyl siding’s panels. This locks into a previous panel that was just installed and prevents the siding from moving around.
- Channel – The channel is the area on a piece of siding that allows another siding or trim to be inserted.
- Course – On the other hand, a siding’s course refers to one row of siding that runs the entire length of your home’s exterior wall. Oftentimes, multiple siding courses are needed to fill up an exterior wall.
- Drip cap – The drip cap is another term for your home’s head flashing, which is a piece of trim that deflects water away from the top of your vertical siding.
- Eaves – The eaves are the part of your roof that overhangs over the exterior walls, granting a small degree of protection to your siding.
- Face – The face is the part of your home’s siding that is visible after its installation.
- Face nail – Face nailing is a frowned upon practice when it comes to siding installation. This refers to putting nails through the siding’s face, which exposes the nails instead of hiding them, making for an unappealing sight.
- Fascia – The fascia board, meanwhile, is a board that runs horizontally and covers the joint or intersection of the top of your exterior wall and the roof’s overhanging lower edge.
- Flashing – The flashing is a piece of metal that’s attached to your siding above the doors and windows to prevent water from entering your home and causing moisture damage to the interior.
Don’t hesitate to turn to Twin Cities Siding Professionals, your leading professionals when it comes to siding and window installation services. Give us a call at (651) 967-0873, or fill out our contact form to request a quote. We serve homeowners in St. Paul and other nearby areas.