It isn’t uncommon to come across some words you’ve never heard of when re-siding your home. A reliable contractor would gladly explain the aspects of your project that are unfamiliar to you. Don’t hesitate to ask your installer if there are terminologies that confuse you. The more you know about your project, the more you can make informed decisions.
Here are siding-related terms you need to know.
It is used between the studs and siding to create a flat and even surface for installation.
Buttlock keeps siding panels in place. It’s the bottom part of a panel that joins into a panel that a residential or commercial siding contractor just installed.
Another piece of siding or trim could be inserted through the channel.
A row of siding that runs the length of an exterior wall is called a course. Several courses of siding are necessary to cover your home’s exterior.
This component sheds water away from vertical siding, protecting it against moisture-related issues.
After installation, the side of the siding you see is referred to as the face.
Face nailing is strongly discouraged when installing siding. This method involves nailing through the face of the siding. It leaves the nails exposed, compromising your curb appeal.
It’s a horizontal board that hides the joint above the exterior wall and the roof overhang.
You’ll find mounting holes in the flange, typically at the top of the siding.
Contractors use flashing above windows and doors to prevent water from entering your interior.
Sometimes, professionals use furring strips when installing siding. They can be used to flatten the uneven surfaces of your home’s exterior.
Nail Hole Punches
These are holes in the flange where nails penetrate to secure the siding to the exterior wall.
Plumb refers to a position precisely 90 degrees from a level surface.
It is the shape of the siding’s face.
A technique of lightly cutting siding, so it snaps into two pieces with clean edges when bent.
It’s the area where the roofline intersects with the exterior walls.
These small holes in the bottom edge of the siding keep water from accumulating between the siding and the backer board.