During the planning stages of your siding replacement, you might encounter unfamiliar words. Knowing what these terms mean will help you find the ideal siding material and style for your home. It will also allow you to discuss your project more thoroughly with professionals.
Read on to discover siding terms every homeowner should know about.
The lower part of a siding panel is called a butt joint. It keeps siding pieces from separating and shifting.
It is the strip of wood concealing joints in wood siding.
It is the part of siding that lets your contractor install another piece of trim or siding.
A course is the row of siding that runs through the length of your exterior walls. You will need several courses of siding to cover your home’s exterior.
Also called head flashing, the drip cap is the part of the trim that diverts water from the upper part of vertical siding.
Eaves pertain to the part of the roof that hangs over the exterior walls of the house.
Your contractor might also refer to exposure as reveal. It’s the width of a siding board.
You’ll find the fascia under the overhang of the roof. It joins the trusses, rafters and gutters to your roof.
It refers to the surface you see after the installation of your siding.
Shaped like the letter F, professionals use F-channel to trim siding installed at a 90-degree angle.
Face nailing is something a reliable contractor will never do. This method involves putting nails through the siding’s face. It causes the nails to become more visible instead of covering them up.
Mounting holes are usually found at the top of the flange.
Flashing is a piece of metal attached above windows and doors to prevent water from entering indoor spaces.
The decorative band connecting the upper part of the siding to the soffit is called a frieze.
Some contractors attach furring strips to home exteriors where they will install the siding. These strips can help straighten uneven surfaces of your exterior for a smoother-looking siding.
Typically in a triangular shape, the gable is the area of the exterior wall where the roof pitch intersects.
Head flashing brings water away from the top of the vertical siding. It also keeps water from infiltrating behind the siding.
Short for overlap, laps hide nails that secure siding pieces to your home’s exterior.
The lock is the part of your siding that secures a locking leg to siding panels.
Miter joint is where two panels intersect at a 90-degree angle. In most cases, panels are cut at a 45-degree angle. Sometimes, contractors use this method for cutting soffits to give your home’s exterior a sleeker look.
Profile refers to the shape of the siding’s face.
Square or Plumb
A square or plumb refers to an object that measures exactly 90 degrees from a flat, horizontal surface.
Scoring is the process of lightly cutting siding pieces, so they snap into two clean pieces when bent.
The shadow cast by the siding profile of your home is referred to as the shadow line.
The area where exterior walls intersect with the roofline is the soffits. They help improve airflow in your attic and keep water from entering.
It typically pertains to a 10 by 10 foot piece of siding.
The first panel or course of siding is secured to the exterior wall by the starter strip.
Tongue and Groove
The interlock system that connects two siding pieces is known as the tongue and groove. A tongue slips into the groove next to it on another piece of siding.
Weep holes prevent condensation from building up in your siding. You’ll see these holes in the bottom area of your siding.
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