The Parts of Your Home's Exterior

When starting a home renovation project, it’s important to understand what makes up your home’s exterior so you are able to discuss your project to your contractor clearly.  It will also help you to identify what is included in the estimate from your contractor to make sure everything you want or need done is listed.  A good contractor will make sure to take the time to educate you on the steps of the project, but it is always a good idea to have a basic understanding before you dive in to any exterior project like roofing, siding, windows or gutters.

SO, WHAT MAKES UP A HOME’S EXTERIOR?

5K Style Gutter:  Flat bottom & flat back styled gutters

Architectural Shingle:  One of the highest quality roofing shingle traditionally composed of heavy fiber glass mat base & ceramic coated mineral granules embedded on water-resistant asphalt

Downspout:  A pipe to carry rainwater from a roof to a drain or to the ground level

Fascia:  A wooden board or flat material that covers the ends of rafters

Faux Stone Veneer:  A manufactured siding made from cement and iron oxide pigments for coloration which is lighter in weight and lower in price than traditional stone siding

Frieze Board:  A horizontal trim board installed flat against the wall which covers the gap between the top of the siding or brick facade and the soffit.

Garage Door Wrap:  The application of aluminum or vinyl sheeting cut and formed to fit over the exterior wood trim around your garage doors.

Leaf Guard:  A unique rain gutter protection system to keep leaves and other natural debris from clogging your gutters.

Light Block:  A stylized mounting block for exterior lighting

Pipe Jack Flashing:  A type of flashing used around plumbing exhaust pipes that exit through the roof

Pre-fab Chimney:  Made from metal;  An alternative to traditional masonry chimneys

Ridge Cap Shingles:  Shingles that protect the highest stress areas of your roof (Hips & Ridges)

Ridge Vent:  An important part of a home’s roofing system, installed at the peak of a sloped roof, allowing warm air to escape from the attic

Soffit:  The underside of an architectural structure, such as overhanging eaves

Vinyl Siding:  Plastic exterior siding for a house used for weatherproofing

Window Wrap:  The application of aluminum or vinyl sheeting cut and formed to fit over the exterior wood trim around your windows

 

Still have questions?  The trained team members of A&D Exteriors are here to help!

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