Common Terms

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.

Water Table The water table band is normally a wide trim board at the bottom of a wall. This is put on before the first piece of siding and is usually the same level as the first floor

Drip Cap is a piece set on top of the door casing and nailed in  The drip cap had a groove cut underneath in the bottom front edge. This groove caused water to drip off the front edge rather rolling back to the door or window casing.

Beaded Siding is normally a harder and smoother wood product. The siding is installed horizontally and 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.

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