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You’re probably here because you read our blog on “Buying Siding With RMFP”, or maybe you are here because you are building a new house or renovating your existing one and don’t know where to start. Well, we’ve got you covered! This is the ultimate guide to everything siding. We are going to break down each type with their benefits, installation, questions you may have, and more. Let’s get into it!

Shiplap Siding

Shiplap siding is a horizontal wooden siding that have tight joints formed when one board overlaps another. This type of siding creates a tight seal and can help insulate in colder climates. With the overlapping boards, shiplap can help reduce your energy bills due to the tight knit of insulation. Installation of shiplap is very simple and so is the removal, so if you decide it’s not for you, we can remove it and replace it with another style. We are confident though, that you won’t go back to any other type of siding.

The great thing about shiplap is that it doesn’t have to be used on the exterior of your home. It can be used on the interior as well. Shiplap is the perfect way to spice up a room in your house.

FAQs About Shiplap

What benefits does Shiplap offer?

Shiplap is very durable and versatile. It is also easy to install because the boards basically fit together with a little pat from a hammer and nail. Shiplap is also easy to install and replace if needed.

What species of wood is recommended for shiplap?

We stock many different types of wood species, so you are guaranteed to find the right species for you. Redwood is a great type of wood to use because it is resistant to warping, shrinking, and cupping.  

Shiplap Uses

You can use shiplap on the exterior of your home or shed, as well as an accent wall and on the ceiling of any room.

Tongue and Groove

Tongue and Groove is a traditional style of siding that can be installed horizontally or vertically dependent on your style. With this style of siding, they fit together and are secured with a nail. During install, you start at the bottom and work your way up the top.

FAQs About T&G

How does Tongue and Groove siding compare to other types?

Since we live in Colorado, this type of siding is very effective at keeping out all the elements of weather. It can take a little more time to install but the overall look is very clean and styled.

Is T&G easy to repair?

Because it is such a durable and sturdy type of siding, the repairs will be minimal. However, if you do have to replace a board, you will most likely have to replace a few surrounding it.

T&G Uses

Just like with Shiplap, you can use T&G for siding, ceilings, or paneling.

Channel Siding

Channel rustic siding is ideal for a homeowner looking for a rustic and rugged siding that can withstand weather. Channel siding is very stylish, while being functional and protective. Usually, it is sold in unseasoned knotty grade and the face side is textured. You can normally find this type of siding in 1×6, 1×8, and 1×10.

FAQs About Channel Siding

What are my channel siding options?

Channel siding gives homeowners the ability to choose a style option that with look rustic and rugged. Most people choose to use it horizontally, but you can install it vertically. This type of siding encourages breathability and water run off during rain or snow storms, perfect for Colorado weather.

Is Channel siding reversible?

With channel siding, you can use either side as the face surface which you can’t with other siding options. One side is rough, and one is smooth. It’s up to you on which side you want to show.

How can I extend the life of my siding?

If you conduct the right maintenance, you can prolong the life of your siding. Inspect your siding and keep an eye out for signs of damage. Use a primer during install and leave a gap in the siding for expansion in heat or water.

Clapboard Siding

Clapboard siding, also known as bevel siding, is the most commonly used siding style. It is available in clear and knotty grades and has one face sawned for texture. Clapboard siding is installed horizontally and gives a very attractive look that is sought after by homeowners.

What are the benefits of Clapboard?

Some of the benefits of clapboard and bevel siding are that it is aesthetically pleasing, weather friendly, has many color options, and is eco-friendly.

FAQs About Clapboard

Why should I choose clapboard siding?

This style of siding is very classic and offers great insulation to any home. If you choose clapboard siding, you can increase your energy efficiency and lower your monthly utilities.

What type of species is best?

Western Red Cedar is among the most popular choices and is very warm, beautiful, and durable. You can also use pine, spruce, and fir in clapboard or bevel siding.

Log Lap Siding

If you are a homeowner looking for a mountain living home aesthetic but don’t want to spend the money, then log lap siding is the best choice for you. Log lap siding is very cost effective because rather than using real logs, they are mass produced which saves on the cost. The look it gives your home will increase the product value and the overall curb appeal of your home. Log lap siding is also made from real wood, which means you do not have to stain or paint.

Why should I choose Log Siding?

  • Very easy to install and will look like a mountain cabin.
  • The siding offers a real-life cabin look along with construction benefits.
  • You can install it in many ways.
  • No trees are the same, which means no house will look the same.

Extend the Life of Your Log Lap Siding

To extend the life of your log lap siding, keep up with regular inspections to watch out for mold, decay, or other damages. Clean the wood regularly to prevent pests and stain the logs to protect against weather.

 We hope this in depth guide helped with any major renovations you are looking into completing. If you have any questions that we didn’t answer, give us a call or come visit!