As with every area of home improvement, the siding industry has its own set of terms that you might not be familiar with, but that are crucial to the understanding of your project. Moss Roofing wants to you be as comfortable with your upcoming project as possible, which is why we’ve defined some of the most commonly used siding terms below.
- Course: This is a row of lap siding (one panel wide) that runs the entire length of the house. With vertical siding, courses will run top to bottom.
- Gauge (Thickness): The thicker the siding, the better it will perform. This is indicated by the thickness rating. While thick siding is more expensive, it will last longer than thinner versions. Use gauge to compare different products.
- Lap: This is the section of the siding material that overlaps the next panel.
- Water Table Band: This is a wide trim board that is located at the bottom of the wall and attached to the first section of siding.
- Weep Hole: A weep hole is located near the bottom edge of the panel and allows water from condensation to escape. This ensures that moisture can exit your siding to ensure that it doesn’t deteriorate.
- Wind Load Rating: A wind load rating is the maximum wind speed that a product can withstand without uplift or tear-off. Most siding products have a wind load rating of at least 100 miles per hour.
If you have any questions about your siding project, don’t hesitate to ask the experts at Moss Roofing. We can walk you through every phase of the project and even assist you with the design. Get a free estimate by calling us at (317) 784-3227, or you can fill out our online form.