Clapboard Siding 

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Clapboard siding is siding where long narrow panels or boards are nailed horizontally across the house.

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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. 

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

So you can generally use the two words inter-changeably, clapboard/Lap siding and/or horizontal siding.

Clapboard Comes in Three Basic Styles:

Clapboard or horizontal siding is sometimes called 'Lap' siding. It comes in three basic styles:

  1. Dutch Lap
  2. Traditional Lap
  3. Beaded 

Dutch Lap
Traditional Lap
Beaded Siding

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

Clapboard Siding

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"

Profiles by CertainTeed

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

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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 wooden ships. Clapboard is sometimes referred to as 'ship-lap' siding.

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

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

Most Popular Clapboard Siding Styles

Smooth Clapboard
Dutch Lap

Clapboard Siding vs Dutch Lap siding:

Clapboard is a type of siding, horizontal boards running from end to end of the house. Within clapboard siding are different styles.

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

Dutch Lap Siding 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 carpenters actually did hand carve the notch along the top of the whole board.

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 dutch lap and clapboard is that clapboard tends to be flat, with no shadow line 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.  

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.

Dutch Lap Siding

Dutch Lap

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
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 bold and everything in between.

Beaded Vinyl Siding

CertainTeed Beaded

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.

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

Unique Style that give the home a warm hand crafted style that fits into any neighborhood.

Beaded siding looks like reproduced hand-crafted boards.

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

Vinyl Siding Prices

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

Vinyl siding is like any other product you buy, the better the quality the more it costs.  Most vinyl siding manufacturers make several different grades of their sidings to fit all budgets from economy grade to standard builder grade or to premium grade.

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 and will last longer without fading. 

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

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  

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NOTE: 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

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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!

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

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. 

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