Siding replacement can be fun and exciting. However, it can also be overwhelming if you’re not fully aware of what’s happening. It helps to work with a trusted contractor who can guide you through the entire process so that you won’t feel lost while workers update your home’s exterior. But when you discuss the details of your project, you might encounter a few siding terms that you have never heard before. Expert Contracting explains some of the most common ones below:
When contractors mention this during the planning and discussion stages, they are referring to the front part of the siding to be installed on the panel. It’s essentially the finished side once it’s installed.
This is a flat material used when installing siding on your home’s exposed exterior wall surface. It’s usually applied between the siding and the studs, but can also be applied on the wall if a more even surface is needed.
This term shares slightly different definitions depending on the type of siding material you choose. In wooden siding, this is a strip of wood that seals joints between the panels. But when used in “board and batten” siding, it refers to the part between the boards that fills the gaps.
This is an accessory piece found at the bottom edge part of a siding panel. It’s also used to refer to an accessory piece that locks onto the preceding panel.
Short for furring strip, this term is for a piece to even a surface before installing the siding panel. To “fur” a surface means to apply these strips.
Short for “overlap,” it’s the act of overlapping the ends of two siding panels or accessory pieces. This allows the panels to expand and contract with ease without risking any cracks or warps even under extreme temperatures. This is often required depending on the chosen siding material.
Why You Should Work With a Professional Installer
The siding makes up a big part of your home’s exterior. If you’re planning a full home exterior renovation, a DIY approach won’t guarantee success and you can’t just hire any contractor for the job. This should only be left to the professionals who’ll make sure to explain each detail as well as answer any questions or concerns you might have. This also gives you a better understanding of what’s happening throughout the replacement process.
Expert Contracting is one of the best siding installers you can count on. Call us today at (716) 572-7303 for a free estimate. You can also fill out our contact form for more information. We serve homeowners in Hamburg, NY, and the rest of Erie County.