Clapboard Siding 

Clapboard siding is siding where long narrow panels or planks are nailed horizontally from end to end of the house.

This style of siding has been used on houses for centuries here in America and in Europe. It is the most popular siding style still today.  

Any siding that uses long planks or panels that run horizontally across your house is generally referred to as a 'clapboard' siding. 

Clapboard Siding that runs horizontally across your house from end to end is sometimes referred to as 'horizontal siding'  also. So you can generally use the two words inter-changeably. 

Because it looks like the sides of the old wooden sailing ships, it is also sometimes called 'ship-lap' siding.  


Clapboard Profiles

The actual panel or plank can have a smooth freshly painted texture or it can have a natural deep cedar wood texture, and everything in between.

The difference between the different styles is how wide the panels are and if they have shadow lines. This is called the siding's "profile".

Shown here is CertainTeed Monogram Vinyl Siding.

Vinyl Clapboard Siding

Vinyl Clapboard siding comes in several basic styles or profiles. Whether you choose wooden clapboard or vinyl clapboard the profiles are basically the same. In fact vinyl siding is made to look exactly like the wooden siding's. It is so good that you almost have to touch it to tell the difference. 

Profile is how much of the plank you see and what design or style the plank is. Below are the most popular clapboard vinyl siding profiles. 

Common Vinyl Siding Profiles:

Triple 3" Clapboard  3 profiles showing, each profile is 3", hence Triple 3"  

Double 4" Clapboard   2 profiles showing, each profile is 4".

Double 5" Clapboard   2 profiles showing, each profile is 5".

Double 4" Dutchlap Siding  2 profiles showing, each profile 4".

Double 5" Dutchlap Siding  2 profiles showing, each 5".

Smooth Lap 7" Siding  1 profile showing, 7".

Single 6 1/2" Beaded Siding 1 profile showing, 6.5".

Each of the siding profiles have their own colors and come in wood texture or smooth finish.  

Each profile comes in several different grades or qualities from economy grade to premium grade.  Click here to review the different vinyl siding grades.

Two Most Popular Vinyl Clapboard Siding Styles

Clapboard Siding vs Dutch Lap siding:

One of the more popular clapboard style sidings is the Dutch-Lap style. It has a notch cut along the top edge that produces a distinct look like craftsmen actually hand cut each plank or panel. Back in the olden days they actually did hand carve the notch. Therefore is was harder to make and took longer and cost more than regular wood siding. It was used by wealthier people and became a status symbol to use on your home. 

The difference between the two styles is that clapboard tends to be flat, like a long wooden plank. It can be either textured or non-textured.  

Dutch Lap Siding has a pronounced cut on the top edge that gives it a shadow line.   

Dutch Lap Vinyl Siding

One of the more popular clapboard siding style is the Dutch-Lap style. It has a notch cut along the top edge that produces a distinct look like craftsmen actually hand cut each plank or panel. Back in the olden days they actually did hand carve the notch. Therefore is was much harder to make and took longer and cost more than regular wood siding. 

Dutch lap siding profile cut-away. Note how the top edge is shaped to create that hand carved look.   The siding comes in smooth finish or wood grained texture.  And of course many different colors from natural earth tones to bold and everything in between.

Clapboard siding sometimes called 'horizontal' siding, is long narrow boards nailed horizontally across the house.  

It has been around for hundreds of years both in Europe and then in Colonial America.

It is the single most popular home siding material sold in the U.S. for many years. It is readily available in most home improvement and building supply stores.  

It was used extensively in early Colonial America. Lots of early settlers were from England where shipbuilding was prevalent. Early shipbuilders cut long narrow planks and used them in ship-building. Then when they got to America they used them to build their homes with.

In fact clapboard looks like the sides of wooden ships. Clapboard is sometimes referred to as 'ship-lap' siding.

Vinyl Siding Cost

Vinyl siding cost run between $3 per square foot to over $10+ per square foot depending upon the thickness of the siding. Thicker siding is stronger and costs more than the economy grades.

Vinyl siding costs are like any other product, the better the vinyl siding the more it costs.  Most vinyl siding manufacturers make several different grades of each of their products, economy grade siding and premium grade sidings.

For economy minded people and for premium grade people. In vinyl siding the quality of the siding is generally determined by how thick the siding is. Thicker siding is more rigid, looks better, has deeper textures, holds it's color better than thinner sidings.

Vinyl siding pricing. The average vinyl siding prices run between $3 per square foot for economy grades up to over $10 per square foot for the thickest premium grades.  

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Standard Vinyl Siding Grades: 

economy or builder's grade                 .040 mm thick

thin residential grade                          .042 mm thick

thick residential grade                         .044 mm thick 

premium grade                                    .046 - 1.00 mm thick  

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Vinyl Siding Colors

Vinyl siding colors cover the whole color spectrum. From earth tones to bright colors and everything in between.  

Some people choose several different colors and several different types of siding and mix and match colors, textures, and styles to come up with the perfect look for their homes.  

Cedar Vinyl Siding

Vinyl cedar shake siding has changed the face of home improvement. Once you could only get the warm rustic look of cedar by buying real cedar.

Now you have the option of getting the exact same look at about half the cost!

Note how the home owner used two different styles of vinyl siding to create the look of that rustic but stylish.

Shown here is Certainteed Monograph Double 4" Clapboard used on the the main house. 

Color is Frontier Blend

Cedar Impressions Double 7" Perfection Shingles used on the gables.

Color: Natural Clay

Shown here CertainTeed  Monogram 46 Double 4" Clapboard in Oxford Blue.

A classic look after two hundred years.

Old Southern Charm.  CertainTeed Monogram 46 Clapboard.

CertainTeed Monogram 46 Clapboard.

Comes in 33 low-gloss solid colors

8 low-gloss wood-tone blends

40 coordinating trim colors

Heavy-Duity .046 thickness

Wind tested to 220 mph

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Virtually maintenance free, never needs painting

Comes in both Clapboard and Dutch Lap

Clapboard Siding comes in 4 basic styles or profiles.

The four basic Vinyl Clapboard Siding styles or Profiles:

  • Clapboard
  • Dutch Lap
  • Smooth
  • Beaded   

Clapboard Vinyl Siding is horizontal siding panels that look just like real wooden planks.  

Shown here are CertainTeed Vinyl Clapboard Profile Styles

Clapboard 'Profiles'

Basic clapboard siding styles come in 'profiles' which means the size of the individual panels;

The panel on the left is called triple 3" which means three 3" panels showing.

In the middle is a double 4" which would mean two 4" panels;

The last one is Dutch-Lap double 4" which means two 4" panels.

This is what is called the profile.  

Using Vinyl Clapboard to give your home that Classic Look...

CertainTeed Monogram Double 4" Clapboard

Shown here in Sterling Gray color

Used here to create this classic beautiful look.


CertainTeed Monogram Double 4" horizontal panel

Shown here in 'Sterling Gray' color


Note classic Clapboard Siding profile

"The most popular vinyl siding in America"


CertainTeed Wolverine American Legend Clapboard.

Note how well the clapboard blends with natural stone to create a very distinct look.


The horizontal clapboard siding panels look just like real wooden planks.


CertainTeed's Monogram Double 4" Clapboard Siding in Oxford Blue color.

A Classic Look for any region of the country. 

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Beaded Vinyl Siding

CertainTeed 6 1/2" Carolina Beaded Siding in Cream.

Unique Style for Traditional, Old World Charm.

Beaded siding looks like reproduced hand-crafted boards.


CertainTeed 6 1/2" Carolina Beaded Siding

The deep "V" groove design creates a distinct shadow line between the face of the panel and the rounded bead.

"V" Groove creates the shadow line giving the classic old world look.

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Dutch Lap Siding


CertainTeed Monogram Double 5" Dutch Lap Siding

Shown here in Oxford Blue Color

Makes any home stand out!


Dutch Lap Siding is made to look like wood siding that was hand crafted by old world craftsmen.

Adds charm and elegance to any home.

Note the classic Dutch Lap profile.

Dutch Lap comes in smooth finish or wood grain texture.

To see more Dutch Lap profile styles click here


CertainTeed Smooth Vinyl Siding

Designed in the tradition of 17th century American craftsmanship.

Historically accurate finish replicates smooth, sealed, painted wood.


CertainTeed Triple 3" Smooth Vinyl Siding

Perfect for that fine historic home.

Realistic look of 17th century colonial styling.

To see more Smooth Style Clapboard vinyl siding click here.

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For the rustic look of Cedar, click here to go to Cedar Vinyl Siding.

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Vinyl Cedar Shake Siding.  That rustic look of real Cedar without the high cost and maintenance of real wood.  Less than half the cost!

Want a totally different Vinyl Siding look...Vertical Vinyl Siding or Board and Batten Style can completely change the look of your home.  

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