Dutch Lap vs Clapboard Siding

Dutch Lap and Clapboard. Two very popular horizontal siding styles.  Both are popular styles of siding in the horizontal Siding family. That means that it runs horizontally across the house.

Horizontal type of siding is often called 'traditional lap' siding or 'clapboard siding. 

Clapboard Siding comes in different styles:

The difference between the different styles is that traditional lap looks like narrow flat wooden boards. Dutch Lap has a curved notch carved along the top edge, and beaded has a curved notch carved along the bottom edge.

Vinyl siding recreates that real wooden plank look only made out of modern vinyl, which is virtually maintenance free for live!

Shown here is Alside insulated vinyl siding. A great way to help save energy costs. 

The difference between the two styles is the curved notch carved along the top edge of the board.  This produces a distinct shadow line.

In early Colonial days carpenters actually hand carved the curved notch in each wooden board. This took more time and labor to make and therefore cost much more than traditional lap siding with smooth sides.

It became the 'premium' siding used by people who could afford the more expensive style of siding on their homes.

Alside Vinyl Siding

Charter Oak is Alside's flagship siding product, combining authentic wood beauty with unmatched-durability, performance and maintenance freedom.  Aside's exclusive TriBeam Design gives Charter Oak, Charter Oak XL and Charter Oak XXL superior rigidity, while a double-thick nail hem enables it to withstand Category 5 hurricane-force winds.

It comes in many different colors from Antique Parchment to Harbor Blue.  Charter Oak color-palette makes it simple to keep your home looking gorgeous-whatever your architectural style. 

It comes in all three of the popular Lap styles, insulated or non-insulated, wood grain texture or smooth texture.

Lap Siding
Dutch Lap

Which is the more popular?  It all depends on your taste and home type.

To see more pictures of homes using these two styles of vinyl siding click here: Vinyl Siding Pictures.

Alside's flagship siding product, combines authentic wood beauty with unmatched durability, performance and maintenance freedom.

  • Exclusive TriBeam Design provides superior strength and durability
  • The siding that changed the industry is five times more rigid than other leading brands
  • Charter Oak siding has been independently tested to resist Category 5 hurricane force winds
  • Charter Oak XL and XXL extended length panels can be used on their own or in combination with standard 12' panels
  • Lifetime Transferable warranty. 

If you like this product write it down in your workbook and go over your choices with the contractor. Your contractor can buy this product for you. 

Mr.Contractor Says

Like one of these products?

If you like any of these products gather some information on the type of siding you like and write it down so you can go over it with your contractor.

If you think you might like one of these siding styles, make notes in your workbook and go over them with your contractor. 

Once you have picked out several types, styles, colors, thickness, and textures, sit down and ask your contractor for his input.  He does this type of work all the time and may offer you some money saving tips.

More about Dutch Lap

This style siding has a hand-cut notch on the top edge of the board giving it a distinguished shadow line well known since Colonial times.

The vinyl siding is made to look just like real hand-carved wooden planks. It even has the texture of real cedar wood.

Note the shadow line on the top edge of the panels.

This is what gives the siding the characteristic look of hand carved wooden planks.

Early Colonist actually did hand carve the top edge of each wooden plank.  This made i a much more expensive siding because of the extra labor required to make it.

To see a Alside Charter Oak Vinyl Siding brochure click here..Alside Charter Oak


To see more information on clapboard siding styles click here. Clapboard Vinyl Siding.

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