It is important to learn about siding terms so you can better understand what type of siding you need. Our expert installers at Up and Above Contractors, LLC have put together a glossary of commonly used terms in the siding industry.
- Batten: A strip of wood that seals joints in wood siding. Referring to the siding term “board and batten”, batten is the smaller part that goes between the board.
- Bottom lock: The bottom edge of a siding or soffit panel that locks onto the preceding panel.
- Channel: The portion of an accessory trim where siding or soffit panels are inserted. It also refers to the trim itself.
- Drip cap: A piece of trim that deflects water from the top of vertical siding. It is also known as head flashing.
- Face: The side of a siding or soffit panel that is visible after it is installed.
- Fascia: The trim that covers the ends of roof rafters.
- Flashing: A piece of metal that is applied around doors and windows to keep water from entering the home.
- Lap: To overlap the ends of two siding panels so that nails that fasten the siding to the exterior of the home are hidden.
- Lock: A part of vinyl siding that locks in with a locking leg to attach panels together.
- Nailing strip: A framing member that facilitates the installation of soffits.
- Sealant: Used to fill or seal joints in siding.
- Soffit: Material that covers the underside of an eave or overhang.
- Starter strip: An accessory that secures the first panel to the wall.
- Tongue and groove: A type of interlock that attaches two siding panels together. A “tongue” slips into the “groove” of an adjacent panel.
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