Dutch Lap Siding vs. Traditional Siding

There are a number of beautiful options when it comes to siding styles. You can choose between shake siding, vertical siding like board and batten, and lap siding. However, once you pick one of these styles you usually have further choices to make.

When you decide to have lap siding installed, there are typically two main variants within this style: traditional lap or Dutch lap style siding. Both are horizontal siding styles and do look similar but there are some differences. The third type of lap siding is called Beaded lap siding but it is less common than the other two types and we will not look into it in depth here.

Traditional lap and Dutch lap siding: These terms can be confusing, which is why we want to clarify them. That way you will have all the information so that you can decide which style you like better and want to have installed on your home. They are both beautiful siding styles that will look great on your home too.

Traditional or Clapboard Siding

Traditional, or Clapboard, siding has been extremely popular for many years. You will see this siding style on numerous Colorado homes because it looks great on a wide variety of houses. This siding style works with virtually any architectural style of house and is very versatile.

For a clapboard siding installation, long boards or panels are placed horizontally, overlapping each other slightly. This creates a very clean and traditional look. Clapboard siding lends itself very well to highlight special design features of your home and make them stand out.

Clapboard siding is a classic siding style that offers great possibilities. It can be combined with a number of different styles and be used to create unique home designs. This style has smooth lines and is usually created with flat boards. It looks neat, clean, and appealing.

Dutch Lap Siding

The Dutch lap siding style is a variant of the traditional lap siding. This style is also created out of horizontal boards but what sets it apart is a notch at the bottom of each plank. These notches create a shadow on the row or course below and give this siding style a distinctive look.

The notches used to be carved into the wood by hand by craftsman. This made this siding style more expensive but also more desirable because of its unique look. Today, this style can be produced more easily and cheaply but it is still very popular for its aesthetics.

This siding style is very versatile and looks great on a variety of house types. It can be installed in a large number of colors, depending on your taste. Dutch lap style siding creates a traditional look that is beautiful but also just different enough to set it apart.

Like traditional lap siding is can be installed on the entire house or be combined with other siding styles to highlight architectural elements of your home. That way you can combine decorative styles, like shake shingles for example, with lap siding styles to create a unique home exterior.

Fun Fact: The US Forest Service built their buildings using a dutch lap style with shingles for their siding in the early 20th century.

Which is Better Dutch Lap or Clapboard Siding?

With all siding styles it is important to have the best siding type, made out of the best, most durable material. Both lap and Dutch lap style siding can be manufactured using different materials. These styles are available made from wood, vinyl, and fiber cement.

When you invest in new siding you want to be sure it is a worthwhile investment with the highest ROI. That is always James Hardie fiber cement. These premium siding products are extremely durable and come in a huge variety of styles and textures.

James Hardie offers two color collections with over 700 colors to choose from. That way you can be sure to find a color you really love. The exterior of your home will look beautiful with new fiber cement siding in attractive colors.

Colorado Siding Repair is a James Hardie Elite Preferred contractor. That means our team of factory-trained experts knows all best practices and specifications for the products. They can install them most efficiently and so that the siding lasts longest and looks its best.

Fiber cement is durable, impact resistant and resistant to pests and moisture damage, like rot or mold. This siding material will not burn and will offer your home lasting protection with minimal maintenance required, which saves you even more money over time.

Additionally, James Hardie offers a 30-year product and 15-year finish warranty, which will give you extra peace of mind. The combination of beautiful colors, styles, and durability that James Hardie offers makes it the best siding on the market.

Your Trusted Siding Guide

Colorado Siding Repair is your trusted siding guide. No matter if you choose traditional or Dutch lap siding or any other siding style, we are here to help. We can guide you through the entire process of picking the right siding for you and your home and then install it expertly.

We are also your trusted guide when it comes to window and insulation installation. Additionally, we are one of the few contractors in the area that paints the exterior of your home and offers partial siding replacement.

Do not hesitate to contact us today. We are here to answer any questions you may have regarding siding or other exterior home remodeling projects. Call or contact Colorado Siding Repair today to have your questions answered and get a hassle-free quote!