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Trends in Shiplap

By Jamie Schultz / 7/24/2017

In the home décor world, the word shiplap is passed around almost as often as the words, open floor plan. Lately, it has inundated the vernacular so much, it may be losing its actual meaning.

We’ve unearthed the specifics on the siding style and some modern possibilities. A shiplap board is defined as one with a rabbet on opposite sides of each edge that allows the boards to connect snugly together, leaving a distinctive reveal line between the boards.

As an interior design choice, it’s an inexpensive design element that can add a focal point with rustic sensibility. Not likely something you’ll want on every wall of a home but a nice pastoral pop, especially if it’s original to the home. When installing new shiplap paneling inside the home, it’s most often secured horizontally, but can also be vertical or even diagonal for a more modern look.

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Historically, shiplap panels were usually pine or cedar, and clad the exteriors of sheds, barns and other rustic buildings. It was popular exterior siding choice because of its strong seal when lapped, which would keep water out.
As an exterior siding choice, it’s trending on more modern abodes because of its clean, reveal lines. Thin, thick, horizontal, vertical, in combination with other siding styles or concrete—the range of exterior shiplap options run the gamut. And on more historic homes, a more traditional shiplap style adds authenticity with airspace and shadows between boards.
For a modern, fiber cement option, check out the Aspyre® Collection, which has Artisan® Shiplap Siding that delivers the rustic look of shiplap, with deep shadows and clean lines. The tongue-and-groove installation method ensures that the siding locks in for a perfect fit. It’s an ideal way to mimic the authentic wood shiplap look, while tacking on high-performance benefits.

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When exterior shiplap siding is crafted out of wood or wood-based materials, it can split, crack, attract pests, and, as with all siding, deteriorate over time. Artisan Shiplap Siding, made from fiber cement, resists the effects of weather damage, destruction from mold, and is fire resistant. This siding delivers distinct lines that closely replicate traditional cedar siding to bring authenticity to any home’s façade.  
Sure, shiplap has been around for decades, but like all old staples, architects and builders are finding new ways to make exteriors even more interesting.

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