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 reverse.
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.