Choosing Outdoor Siding
Today’s market offers many types of exterior finishes for a house, but more homeowners than ever are choosing lap siding. Whether you are building a new home or simply refurbishing an older one, lap siding can help to enhance the exterior while protecting what’s inside.
What is Lap Siding?
Lap siding is designed to create a watertight seal for your home, keeping out the elements and helping to avoid any structural damage. To form this seal the lap siding varies from traditional siding style in two ways: design and installation. These two factors vary across the three main types of lap siding: Horizontal Dutch Lap and Shiplap.
Styles of Lap Siding
Lap siding comes in many different materials and styles with widths from 3 to 7 inches and lengths of 12, 16 and 20 foot. Available in vinyl or polymer, there are 12 traditional types of lap siding. It is also available in double or triple “courses,” which imitates wood boards.
Horizontal or Dutch Lap Siding
This style of lap siding utilizes long, even planks that are slightly thicker at the bottom. When installing Dutch Lap, the planks are laid from the bottom upward. This method creates a watertight seal that runs from the top of your home to its foundation.
While not as common as Dutch Lap, Shiplap siding has seen a recent rise in popularity. With Shiplap you still get a watertight seal, however, both the method and appearance are very different from Dutch Lap.
Shiplap siding is installed using a tongue and groove system similar to the methods used for hardwood floors. This installation method allows shiplap to finish with a smooth and clean surface. Giving the appearance that the planks are all flush with each other.
Advantages of Lap Siding
- There are many different designs as well as colors available in this product, which means there is a style of lap siding that would look stunning on your home.
- Reflects an overall appearance of wood and immediately adds beauty to the home while requiring low maintenance.
- It has does not dent like aluminum, is economical and installation is not difficult.
- The first thing most people notice about a home is the siding. Which is why it is essential to pick siding that is not only durable but also aesthetically pleasing.
With our Pro Grade Lap Siding, care has been taken by our manufacturers to produce products that are long-lasting and beautiful. We also guarantee our lap siding with an industry-leading warranty.