Feb 18, 2021

Siding Terminology with Pictures: A Guide to Commonly Used Siding Terms

Reading through a siding contract can be nerve wracking.  When the contract covers a subject you only have a vague familiarity with.  If you’re considering the completion of a home siding project in the future, it’s important to understand the commonly used terminology that you might see on your contract to guarantee there are no surprises once work commences.  Here’s our guide to commonly used siding terminology that ensures you’ve got a full comprehension of your home’s exterior transformation.

Board & Batten Siding

In this siding configuration, wide boards and narrow wooden battens are used to create a unique, geometric, layered impression.  Boards can be installed vertically or horizontally.

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During siding installation, waterproof caulking is used to plug joints at the joining together of different materials.


Fascia is located just below the roofline behind the gutters.  It is often thought of as the trim around which your roof is mounted on uncovered ends of the rafters or above exterior walls to form an overlay between the edge of the roof and outside.  Popular materials used for fascia are aluminum, wood, and plastic.

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House Wrap

House wrap is installed before siding with the purpose of acting as a protectant against air and water infiltration.  Not all house wrap is the same.  It’s worth investing in a house wrap with insulative properties, like Insultex™ House Wrap® that is rated at R-6.  This creates a more energy efficient home and lowers utility bills.


Gable Roof

A gable consists of dual roof sections angled in opposite directions and installed where the highest horizontal edges come together to form a roof ridge.  Many times, homeowners opt to vary the type of siding used on their gables in order to add architectural interest and curb appeal.

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Lap Siding

This term is used for siding that is installed horizontally in a way that causes boards to overlap.

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Siding Reveal

Also called an exposure, the siding reveal is the observable space between the bottoms of bordering rows of siding.

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