Styles of Dutch Vinyl Siding

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Dutch lap vinyl siding, also sometimes known as Cove lap siding or German lap siding, features a gentle, slightly curved indentation along one of its sides. This indentation, which sits between slightly overlapping panels, gives it a characteristic look that evokes traditional wooden building styles. Dutch lap vinyl siding comes in two different styles, either textured, to resemble wood grain, or smooth. While not technically Dutch lap vinyl, a few other siding styles achieve similar looks with different materials or forms.

Textured Siding

  • Monogram's 5-inch Dutch lap siding is textured to resemble the wood grain of rough cedar planks. It's molded from real rough cedar clapboards for a realistic appearance and has a low-gloss finish to resemble painted wood. To add to the illusion of wood, colors options include light maple, silver ash and cypress for a natural finish, as well as 15 other popular paint colors.

    McCoy's Building Supply also sells Dutch lap vinyl siding with a woodgrain texture. It is designed to look like brushed cedar, suitable for either traditional or modern exteriors. McCoy's siding comes in white with other colors available by special order. By opting for textured vinyl siding, you can closely emulate the look of wood without exposing your home to risks of wood rot or wood-eating insects.

Smooth Siding

  • For a clean, simple finish, opt for Dutch lap vinyl siding with a smooth finish. It will still feature the characteristic lapped groove, with an otherwise flat surface. Durabilt offers a range of smooth Dutch lap vinyl sidings, available either in 4-, 4.5- or 5-inch widths. Colors include creams, almonds and other neutrals.

    Durabilt's Vision Pro series features "color-through" technology, so that scratches or nicks on the siding do not expose different colors underneath. Georgia-Pacific also offers smooth-finish Dutch lap siding with "color-through" technology available in a selection of warm and neutral colors.

Similar Siding Styles

  • If you want an especially authentic look and you like the look of Dutch lap siding, you might opt for real wood Dutch lap siding. For long-lasting results, simply treat the wood with paint or sealant appropriate for all weather conditions. Re-apply paint or sealant regularly, washing and lightly sanding or removing old paint before adding new coats.

    Another alternative to Dutch vinyl siding, ship lap siding has a similar rabbeted, or grooved, edge along one side of each board, though it is somewhat less pronounced than Dutch lap styles. As the precise angle varies among manufacturers, familiarize yourself with a range of both ship lap and Dutch lap styles before narrowing down your selection.

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