Residential Siding

Residential Siding Terms

Siding Terms
House Siding Term Board and Batten
Board and Batten is vertical siding that is installed as a
board and then a batten. The vertical board is normally
a 1x10 or a 1x12 board. The wide boards are installed
vertically first. The batten part of the siding is can be as
small as a 1x2 or as large as a 1x4. The board part of
the siding is nailed in the middle of the face. When the
boards are installed, a gap is left between the boards.
The batten is then nailed over the gap. The batten is
nailed in the middle of the face like the boards. This
method of nailing is used in order to try to prevent
splitting due to expansion and contraction.
House Siding Term Water Table
The water table band is normally a wide trim board at
the bottom of a wall. This is put on before the first
piece of siding and is usually the same level as the
first floor
House Siding Term Drip Cap
Drip Cap is a piece set on top of the door casing and
nailed in  The drip cap had a groove cut underneath in
the bottom front edge. This groove caused water to
drip off the front edge rather rolling back to the door or
window casing.
House Siding Term Beaded Siding
Beaded siding is normally a harder and smoother
wood product. The siding is installed horizontally and
in a ship lap type method. The siding is nailed about
one and half inches up from the bottom edge. The lap
of the board holds the top of the board below. When
nailing, it is important to not nail through the top of the
board below in order to prevent splitting.
House Siding Term Reverse Board and Batten
Reverse board and batten is sometimes used but is
harder to control cupping and splitting. The boards and
batten are the same sizes but are installed in reverse.
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