Siding shadow lines: Dutch lap or clapboard?
Dutch lap and clapboard siding are styles of siding often tossed about, but what do these terms really mean? Here's a quick rundown on the main differences between Dutch lap and clapboard wall coverings.
Dutch lap vinyl siding
A popular style of wall cladding, Dutch lap vinyl siding has a bevel cut near the top of the panel that creates a unique look of depth with shadow lines. The recess provided by the beveled edge and the full thickness of the overlapping panel casts the deep shadow and results in smoother, cleaner lines where panels overlap each other. Depending on the angle of the sun you'll get unique shadow lines, so your home's siding appearance will vary as the sun changes position in the sky.
There also are many claims that the beveled edge makes Dutch lap stronger and more rigid than other types of cladding, but this may be due to the fact that many vinyl siding manufacturers typically produce Dutch lap in their premium cladding lines -- which also leads to higher costs than standing product lines.
Dutch lap cladding comes in wide range of profile choices, and the bevel can be cut with different types of details to alter the cladding's visual effect. The most popular styles are double 4" and double 5" lap.
Clapboard vinyl siding
Clapboard cladding originated in Colonial times and is among the oldest architectural styles found in the U.S. The main difference between true clapboard and Dutch lap is the lack of a deep beveled edge at the top of the panel. There is still some reveal where siding panels overlap each other, so clapboard siding still has appealing shadow lines, but the look is more subtle than with true Dutch lap cladding.
There are many difference styles of clapboard wall coverings, among them these popular profiles:
- Single 7"
- Double 4"
- Double 5"
- Triple 3"
New vinyl siding comes in many different textures as well, from redwood to cedar grain patterns or smooth-faced to represent sanded and sealed wood. A certified contractor can help you decide which product best suits the architectural style of your home and neighborhood. Our network of pre-screened licensed, bonded and insured* contractors can install your product correctly and service any warranty issues.
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