Types of Siding

Siding Types

Category Construction Glossary
There are many different types of house siding products on the market today.
The type of siding used is normally determined by the style of house and the
siding budget. The following is a list of common types of siding.

1. 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.

2. 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

3. Beaded siding is normally a harder and smoother wood product. The siding is
installed horizontally 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.

4. Vinyl siding comes in patterns that resemble wood siding. The most common
is the lap siding design. The siding comes in panels that are interlocked and
nailed in place. There is a large selection of pre-finished colors in vinyl siding.  
Vinyl siding is a durable and economical siding product.

Today most siding products are wood, vinyl, or fiber cement.
Siding Types
Board and Batten
Siding Terms
House Siding
Rabbeted Lap Siding
Lapped Siding
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Beaded Vinyl Siding