Clapboard siding is siding where long narrow boards or panels are nailed horizontally across the house.
Clapboard style siding has been used on houses for centuries both here in America and in Europe. It is the most popular siding sold today. It comes in many different 'Styles', Colors, Textures, both in insulated and non-insulated forms.
Clapboard siding comes in three basic styles, Traditional Lap, Dutch Lap and Beaded. All three look like long wooden planks or panels nailed across the house. All three styles have been around for hundreds of years and are still some of the most popular siding today. Clapboard style of siding used to be made of wood smooth sawn into long narrow planks and then nailed onto the home, now it is also made from vinyl and comes in many colors, textures, lengths, thickness, both in insulated and non-insulated forms.
If you are looking for new siding for your house, clapboard style siding offers the widest selection of styles, textures, colors, and prices of any other type of home cladding on the market today.
Smooth Lap or Traditional Lap Siding
Below is CertainTeed Monogram Double 4" Clapboard Siding in yellow color.
Dutch Lap vinyl siding is one of the most popular home siding styles in America. It looks like long panels of wood that runs from end to end or horizontally across your house. It has a pronounced shadow line on the top of each panel. Back in early times, carpenters would actually hand carve the 'notch' on the top of each wooden plank. Because this took more time and labor, Dutch Lap siding became known as a more expensive style of siding and was used on more expensive homes.
Difference between regular Clapboard and Dutch Lap. Clapboard has smooth lines and Dutch Lap has the pronounced shadow line on the top of each panel.
Other Clapboard Styles
Beaded siding is still a Clapboard Style of siding but with a shadow line etched into the bottom of each panel to add a little depth. It was originally hand carved by the carpenter or homeowner. Because it took more time to cut the shadow line or 'bead' in the wood, it was more expensive than regular smooth lap clapboard and was mostly used on the more expensive homes.
Beaded Siding has a notch that runs along the top edge or each panel that produces a distinct look like craftsmen actually hand cut each plank or panel.
Back in the olden days craftsmen actually did hand carved the notch in each wooden board or plank.
Because it required more labor it was harder to make and took much longer to carve each wooden board it cost more than regular wood siding. It was considered a premium siding that the wealthy used on their homes.
Dutch Lap Siding vs Traditional Clapboard
The difference between Dutch lap vs traditional Clapboard is mainly just your opinion which one looks best on your partictular style of home. They are both in the Clapboard family. What style of home you have will help you decide which one looks best for your house.
It all started a long time ago when early Americans began to cut down trees and saw them into long narrow wooden boards to cover their houses with.
Dutch Lap Siding has a notch cut along the top edge on the board or panel that produces a distinct look like craftsmen actually hand cut a notch in each board. Back in the olden days carpenters actually did hand carve the notch along the top of each board.
The difference between Dutch lap and clapboard, or standard lap, is that clapboard tends to be flat, with no shadow line showing. Just like a long smooth wooden board. Vinyl siding can be made either textured to look just like real wood with deep grain lines or smooth like a freshly painted wooden board.
Some homes look better with the smooth painted finish of clapboard.
Some people wanted more options than just the regular siding style, so craftsmen began to hand carve notches into the wooden boards.
Dutch Lap style had been around in Europe for a long time and the people from there just copied it and used it for the siding on their homes.
Since it was hand carved, it was more expensive and used in better homes.
To see read more on Dutch Lap vs traditional siding click here.
To see more information on how vinyl siding is used on homes today and the value that it provides the homeowner,
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By adding insulation to your siding, you can save money year after year by cutting your energy costs.
Using insulated siding cut your energy cost. Usually more expensive than regular siding but allows you to recover the extra cost by cutting down on energy consumption.
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 shipbuilding. 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.
In colonial times trees were cut down and the logs stacked on top of each other to form the walls of the 'log' cabin.
Over time it became more efficient to cut the logs into long thin boards to cover the houses. Hence horizontal siding. More on the history of siding click here... History of Siding
To see all types and styles of homes using vinyl siding click here. Pictures of Clapboard Vinyl Siding on Homes.
What is a vinyl siding 'Profile'?
When you hear people talking about the siding profile, they are generally talking about the look of the long planks or panels of the siding. Does it have notches or groves cut into it. Some siding panels are smooth and look like long planks of wood, some have notches on the top to give it more depth and shadows, this is called Dutch Lap Siding. Others have a notch cut into the panel on the bottom edge of the panel, this is called 'Beaded'.
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 distinctive styles of clapboard siding is how wide the panels are and if they have shadow lines. This is called the siding's "profile".
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Clapboard comes in different textures ranging from smooth like freshly painted wooden boards to deep rough-cut cedar texture.
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.
To see more information on Cedar Shake Siding Click Here Cedar Shake Siding
Here are some of the more popular vinyl siding manufacturers that offer Clapboard Siding Styles in many different colors, textures, thickness, insulated or non-insulated styles.
Norandex Vinyl Siding:
To see more information on Norandex Vinyl Siding Click Here Norandex Vinyl Siding
To see more information on Alcoa Siding Products, Click Here Alcoa Siding
Certainteed Vinyl Siding
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Gentex Siding Products
Other Types of Siding
To see more information on Hardie Board Siding Click Here Hardie Board
Which is better, Hardie Board or Vinyl Siding?
This is of course a matter of opinion. Both have great qualities, and both have a downside. There is no one answer that solves this dilemma. Hardie Board is stronger than vinyl siding but is more expensive. Vinyl Siding is less expensive and easier to install over most existing homes. If budget is at play, then vinyl is the answer.
The color in vinyl siding is made into the product therefore you never have to paint it. Hardie Board requires some painting over time depending on weather conditions and climate area you live.
What does vinyl siding cost to install on your home? Thats a tricky question.
Clapboard siding prices run between $3
per square foot to over $10+ per square foot depending upon the
thickness and quality of the siding. And whether it is insulated or non-insulated.
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.
To see more information on the prices of different vinyl sidings:
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.
Cleaning vinyl siding is much easier than painting it. Just grab the garden hose and wash it down occasionally. Here is some useful information on to clean most any type of vinyl siding.
To see more information on How to Clean Your Vinyl Siding Click Here Cleaning Vinyl Siding
Yes you can even get Vinyl Log Siding that looks just like real wooden logs with much less maintenance and you never have to paint it.
To learn more about vinyl siding click here to go to the Vinyl Siding Institute of America. Lots of great insights and information on vinyl siding.
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