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Your Guide to Understanding Siding Terminology

Your Guide to Understanding Siding Terminology

During your siding project, your siding and deck contractor will use certain terms to discuss your project. You may be unfamiliar to some of them, making it difficult to understand what they mean or communicate your ideas. That’s why you should take time to learn siding terminology before starting your siding replacement.  

Maris Home Improvements lists some basic siding terms you should know. 


Batten is a strip of wood used to seal joints in wooden siding. It is the smaller component that goes between the boards.


A fascia is a horizontal board that covers the intersection of the top of an exterior wall and the overhanging lower edge of the roof. It is the material covering the ends of rafters.


This is the material covering the underside of an eave, overhang, or cornice. An exterior renovation services provider installs the soffit lengthwise from wall to fascia. 


It refers to a row of panels that run the length of the house from one side to the other. In vertical siding, it is a row of panels running from top to bottom.


It is the area where siding or soffit panels are inserted.

Drip Cap

Also called head flashing, it is a piece of trim that keeps water away from the top of vertical siding.


This is the bottom section of a panel of vinyl siding. It locks into a previously installed panel to keep the siding from moving.

When planning your siding replacement, it is important to work with a reliable contractor that is willing to answer your questions. Maris Home Improvements will make sure to listen to all your needs and address your concerns, whether it’s about our siding or replacement window services. Our team of skilled experts also takes time to explain everything you need to know about your project. Call us at (636) 778-4343 or fill out our contact form to book an appointment. 

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