If you’re in the market for new siding, you may come across some strange terms that you’ve probably never heard before. Understanding siding terminology will help you run your project more smoothly. We’ve put together a glossary of terms that you’ll definitely find useful.
1. Batten – A strip of wood that secures joints in wooden siding. Modern “board and batten” siding refers to the old wood siding that had “boards” and “battens” to fill the gaps between the boards.
2. Buttlock – This refers to the bottom edge of a vinyl panel. It is secured into the previously installed panel.
3. Course – This is one row of whichever siding you install. It will run from one side to the other of a wall on a horizontal installation or from top to bottom on a vertical installation.
4. Drip Cap – This piece of trim works to deflect water away from the overhead of a vertical siding. Just like your gutters, it prevents moisture from entering behind the structure. In some situations, a drip cap may be used over windows and doors to repel water run-off.
5. Face Nail – Face nailing is most definitely frowned upon. It’s when siding is installed by putting nails through the “face” of the siding, exposing the nails rather than hiding them.
6. Fascia (or Fascia Board) – Without the fascia board, you would see the ends of the rafters of the roof. The feature closes the roof in and finishes the edge.
7. Water Table Band — This is a wide trim board at the bottom of a wall. It is installed before the first piece of siding and is typically at the same level as the first floor.
Shop with confidence using these common siding terms. Call Roof Masters today at (888) 889-7551. You can also fill out our contact form to book a free inspection and estimate. We also offer gutter and door replacement services. We service clients in Rockville, MD, and surrounding areas.