Clapboard Siding 

Clapboard siding is siding where long narrow panels or boards are nailed horizontally across 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 sold today. 

Clapboard Siding.

Siding that runs horizontally across your house from end to end is sometimes referred to as 'horizontal siding' or lap siding.

People generally use the words clapboard, lap siding and horizontal siding  inter-changeably.

Three Different Clapboard Siding Styles

Smooth Lap
Dutch Lap

In the horizontal or clapboard siding type there are three basic styles. Each of these styles come in many different widths, thicknesses, colors, profiles and textures.

Dutch Lap vs Clapboard

Clapboard Siding vs Dutch Lap siding:

Two of the more popular clapboard styles are dutch lap and smooth lap clapboard.

To see more information on Dutch Lap vs traditional lap or clapboard siding click here:  Dutch Lap vs Clapboard

Dutch Lap Siding has a curved notch cut along the top edge on the board or panel that produces a distinct look with deep shadow lines like craftsmen actually hand cut a notch in each board. Back in the olden days carpenters actually did hand carve the curved notch along the top of each board.

Therefore it took longer to make and therefore cost more than regular lap siding. It was used by wealthier people and became a status symbol for nicer homes. It became the 'up-grade' siding.

The difference between dutch lap and clapboard, or standard lap, is that smooth lap or traditional lap boards or panels tends to be more flat, with no curved or notched out lines showing. Just like a long smooth wooden board. It can be either textured to look just like real wood with deep grain lines or smooth like a freshly painted wooden board.  

Dutch Lap siding has been around Europe for a long time and so the people that came from there just copied it and used it for the siding on their homes.

Dutch Lap Siding

Dutch Lap

A very popular clapboard is the Dutch-Lap style. It has a notch along the top edge of the panel that produces a distinct look like craftsmen actually hand cut each plank or panel.

Back in the olden days craftsmen actually hand carved the notch in each wooden board.Therefore is was much harder to make and took longer and cost more than regular wood siding. 

Today the vinyl sidings look exactly like real wood without the high maintenance and painting required.

Dutch Lap

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 bright and bold.

Dutch Lap

After awhile people wanted something different from regular smooth clapboard or dutch lap so they began to carve a groove along the bottom edge of the boards. They called this style 'Beaded' siding.

It was more expensive because it took longer to hand make and was considered a premium siding for wealthier people and nicer homes.

Beaded Clapboard Vinyl Siding

CertainTeed Beaded

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

Unique clapboard style that gives the home a warm hand crafted look that fits into any neighborhood.

Note the 'bead' at the bottom edge of the panel.

CertainTeed 6 1/2" Carolina Beaded Siding

The deep groove design that runs across the bottom edge of the panel creates a distinct shadow line between the face of the panel and the rounded bead.


To see more info on the different styles and types of vinyl siding, click here...'Vinyl Siding Styles'.

Traditional Lap Siding

Lap siding or horizontal siding is siding that runs across the house. It is often called 'traditional lap', 'ship-lap' and clapboard siding. All are interchangeable. 

To see more information on Lap Siding click here...

Mastic Lap Siding

Mastic Dutch Lap
Double 5" Lap

To see more Mastic vinyl lap siding click here.

What is a siding 'Profile'?

Smooth lap clapboard, dutch lap and beaded are all 'styles' with-in the clapboard family. This is what is generally referred to as the siding 'Profile'

Each style has several different profiles.

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

Click here to review more about Clapboard Profiles..

Each profile comes in several different grades or thickness, from economy grade to premium grade. As a general rule, the thicker the siding is the higher the quality.

Clapboard comes in different 'Textures'

Clapboard siding comes in different textures ranging from smooth like freshly painted wooden boards to deep rough cut cedar texture.

Smooth Texture
Light Wood Grain

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.

Some panels look like rough cut cedar and some are smooth like sanded boards. This is usually referred to as the texture of the siding.

Norandex Wood-grain Vinyl Siding

Norandex makes a low gloss natural woodgrain pattern that is remarkably real.  

To see more Norandex vinyl siding products click here. 

A little siding history;

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

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

Want a little more history of siding, click here..Siding History.

Vinyl Siding Prices

Vinyl siding prices run between $3 per square foot to over $10+ per square foot depending upon the thickness and quality of the siding. 

Vinyl siding is like any other product you buy, the better the quality the more it will cost.  Most vinyl siding manufacturers make several different grades of their sidings in order to fit any budget from economy grade to standard builder grade or even a premium grade.

Some premium grades of siding can stand up to hurricane force winds.

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 and will last longer without fading.

Basic 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.  

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  

To see more information on the prices of different vinyl sidings:

 Click here to review vinyl siding prices. 


The price you will pay to buy vinyl siding is only one part of the over-all cost of installing siding on your house. There are other items that must be figured into the total price of your project. Click here to review some of the items that contractors look at when giving you a price quote. Vinyl Siding Costs

Vinyl Siding Colors

Clapboard siding is made with the color in the vinyl therefor eliminating the need for painting. Only a good washing with the garden hose is needed to refresh it.

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.  

Other types of vinyl siding:

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!

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

Vinyl Log Siding

Click here to see more about vinyl log siding.

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

More Examples:

CertainTeed Monogram Double 4" Clapboard

Shown here in Sterling Gray color

Used here to create this classic beautiful look.


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. 

To see  more prictures of homes using vinyl siding click here. Clapboard Pictures. 

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