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Key Terminology to Learn Before Purchasing New Siding

Whether you are building a new home or simply looking to upgrade your home’s curb appeal with a new siding install, there are a few terms that will make the research and purchase process move smoothly.

We’re here to simplify the siding process and types of materials for you.

 

What are the different materials that siding is made out of?

  • Vinyl Siding:

    Vinyl siding is a highly sought after product due to its ability to hold up to the elements. This siding type also comes in a variety of colours that are resistant to peeling, flaking and scratching.

  • Aluminum Siding:

    Aluminum siding is the perfect mix of elegance and efficiency as it holds up against extreme heat and cold while boasting a natural wood-like or sleek simple finish. With no staining or sealing required, this product is flame resistant and should not rot.

  • Fiber Cement Siding:

    Featuring unrivalled strength, fiber cement siding is known for its durability, all while giving your home a boost of classic curb appeal with a delicate appearance. Coming in a wide selection of colours, you are bound to find the perfect match for your home.

 

Let’s talk terminology!

  • PVC:

    PVC is the material used to make most models of vinyl siding and is short for polyvinyl chloride.

  • Square Feet:

    A unit of measurement that is used to calculate the exact amount of product needed to complete your siding install.

  • Tongue and Groove:

    If you have ever installed hardwood floor then this term may be familiar. It is the connection point where two pieces of siding fit together. The tongue of one piece fits seamlessly into the groove of the second piece.

  • Backerboard:

    Backerboard is the surface that is installed on an exterior wall, allowing the installer to have a secure surface to attach your siding product to.

  • Fascia:

    Fascia refers to the horizontal board that runs parallel to the lower edge of the roof, covering the joint where your exterior wall meets the roofline and eaves.

  • Eaves:

    Your home’s eaves are the edge of the roof that overhangs past the exterior wall.

  • Soffit:

    The soffit is the material that covers the area between the eaves and the exterior wall/fascia. This material stops unwanted elements such as rodents from making their way into your home.

  • Flashing:

    Flashing has a duty of keeping your home watertight. This strip of metal or aluminum is used around windows and doors to seal the joints, thus keeping water out.

 

Now that you are armed with basic siding terminology, contact siding professionals at Beverley Hills Home Improvements or visit one of our showroom locations to see siding samples up close!