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 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.
Siding Types
Board and Batten
Siding Terms
House Siding
Rabbeted Lap Siding
Lapped Siding
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Siding Types
Beaded Vinyl Siding