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Do you love Shiplap?

Written on 02-11-2019

Often when I start to decide on the exterior materials of a new project, the siding and/or masonry tends to come first. I often pair colors and materials to the color of the siding. Because of this, shiplap siding might be one of the more important material swatches you'll find in our material library. Below you'll find a few siding Material Swatches to get your next design started. We don't want to design your materials for you but we want to do what we can to help.

The weather tight shiplap has been popular in areas with harsh climates. The long horizontal panels overlap each other with rabbets (a recessed groove that gives shiplap it's signature lined appearance), helping to keep out unwanted water. It has often been made from relatively inexpensive woods and associated with cabins, cottages and other less formal structures.

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What type of wood are used in Shiplap Siding?

  • Cedar: One of the more expensive options and is usually stained, instead of painted. The beautiful grain splits and swells less than the other softwoods.
  • Fir: An affordable softwood that can be painted or stained.
  • Pine: Generally pine is the most affordable option, but it can be harder to find long lengths that are free of knots. It must be stained, painted and maintained because it is not rot-resistant or durable.
  • Redwood: Similar to cedar wood in that it is less prone to shrinking and warping. Often painted or stained. Harder to find outside of the West Coast United States.
  • Spruce: Often interchanged with pine, it is also difficult to find knot free panels in long lengths. It must be stained, painted and maintained because it is not rot-resistant or durable.
Horizontal Lap
Montana Timber Products
Horizontal Shiplap
Montana Timber Products
A rustic rough cut shiplap siding that is kiln dried

What style is shiplap siding?

Shiplap siding works for a variety of decorating or building styles. Traditionally it's been used on the exterior of buildings, influencing the buildings feel. More and more the shiplap has found it's way inside, on ceilings, around fireplace chimneys and as accent walls. A similar look, without the rabbet groove, can be achieved on interior walls with thin wood or faux wood boards for a fraction of the cost.

  • Farmhouse: match with barn lighting, metal roofs and barn doors.
  • Historical: Use as a majority of an exterior surface and don't forget to trim out all the edges.
  • Industrial: mix with exposed concrete and raw steel.
  • Modern: pair shiplap siding with modern lighting and contemporary fixtures.
DIY Wood Panels
As-Is Brand
DIY Wood Panels
As-Is Brand
For interior applications, consider a simple thin veneer which can be installed very quickly by untrained installers.
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Cumaru Shiplap Siding
Shiplap Siding
Advantage Lumber
Ipe Shiplap Siding
Shiplap Siding
Advantage Lumber
Beautiful shiplap siding with a smooth rich finish

Add shiplap siding to your next material board / sample board. To do so, hover over the plus sign and click 'Add to Sample Board.' BAM! Now you're a beautiful designer. For a more in-depth look on how you can make a sample board, read The Easy Way To Make A Sample Board.

Georgian Bay
Blue Paint
Sherwin Williams
European Ash
Weatherwood Stains LLC
Don't forget to specify a color swatch for paint or stain color


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