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What is Dutch Lap Siding?

Dutch Lap Siding

You’ve got your project cut out for you: it’s time to replace the siding on your home. The options can be overwhelming and you’ve got a budget to consider. One option that is becoming more popular is to choose Dutch lap siding (contact us to get started!). If you’re not familiar with this style, here is a short guide to Dutch lap and why it might just be the right choice for you.

Dutch Lap Cut

The way that Dutch lap siding is cut and formed is unique from the traditional clapboard style. The top of the piece of siding is beveled so that the bottom half of the siding stands out. Even when the siding pieces are put together the depth difference between the beveled section and the regular section can still be seen. This creates a dimension to the siding that makes it visually interesting. As the sun changes places in the sky throughout the day, it creates variation in the shadows cast on the siding. Dutch lap siding has more of a three dimensional look than does clapboard siding.


The great thing about Dutch lap siding is that it is a style that is available in many kinds of materials.


  • Wood: Traditionally, Dutch lap was cut from wood, especially cedar and pine. This is still a beautiful, classy choice for those who really enjoy an old-fashioned, traditional look. The upkeep for wood can be very high, especially if you live in a climate that varies a lot throughout the year. You’ll need to maintain wood siding through refinishing or painting regularly. It is at risk for rotting, insect infestations, and other common issues with wood.
  • Aluminum: Metal siding is still a preference for some. It is becoming a less popular option, however, due to more durable materials becoming available. Aluminum siding dents easily and rusts over time.
  • Fiber Cement: This option is a newer, modern material that is a composite of various materials. It tends to withstand time, imitate the appearance of wood, and is less hassle.
  • Vinyl: By far the most common siding option is to go with vinyl. It is easy to maintain, doesn’t require repainting as the color is “baked in,” and withstands temperature changes and moisture. It’s also the most affordable option for most homeowners.


For help in choosing the best siding for your home and installing it, reach out to Peak Custom Remodeling for a professional consultation.


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