Is Dutch lap siding right for your home?

Is Dutch lap siding right for your home?

Lots of vinyl siding is designed to look like wood, but the style known as Dutch lap is something special. A perfect compliment to traditional homes, Dutch lap siding adds a quaint, old-world quality to properties. While a little more costly than other types of siding, Dutch lap's shape adds overall strength to the cladding and is a low-cost alternative to real wood. Here are some facts about this popular type of premium siding.

Dutch lap advantges

The beveled edge: Dutch lap siding features a beveled edge (fashioned by overlapping planks in horizontal rows) that offers a feeling of depth that other styles do not have. This decorative groove also creates the look of shadows.

Cost: At $200 to $250 per square (on average), there is no doubt about it, Dutch lap siding is more expensive than other siding products. But consider what you are getting for your money. This siding is durable, popular (and therefore readily available) and low-maintenance. It also looks great on buildings, giving your home a classic Colonial feel.

Installation: In addition to increasing the visual interest of the siding, the groove on the top edge of the siding face adds rigidity and therefore makes Dutch lap easier to install. The siding comes in a variety of styles (smooth or textured, stained or painted) and colors to add charm and elegance to your home. Part of the recessed area on each row will be visible when installation is complete, creating the product's original and sought-after appearance. The depth of this recessed area varies by brand.

Brands: Most vinyl siding manufacturers offer this type of cladding. Bluelinx, HardiePlank and Builder's Edge all sell this style and most are readily available at builders' supply stores and vinyl siding distributors. And while you'll spend more for a quality product, you'll save money in the long run on future repairs.


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