In the mid-Atlantic region of the United States in the earlier days, it was realized that effective housing would be achieved by having the materials installed such that the planes overlapped. This idea was borrowed from the traditions of the Northern European areas in much earlier days. In Northern European areas wood was the popular material for development of houses. The need for the wood to be positioned such that they overlapped was realized by the effectiveness of such a design in making sealed walls. This design was called lap siding.
Siding, by design is intended to cover or cad the house. Water is prevented from entering or affecting the wall of the house. This is because it is allowed to flow down the exterior wall. The effects of weather are also prevented from having negative influence on the wall. You should know that the approach to development of the exterior wall is necessary in specific areas especially if some materials such as wood are used in the construction of the exterior wall. Dutch lap siding or German lap sliding is commonly used as a lap siding technique.
What is Dutch lap siding?
Dutch lap is a style that is used in the exterior of the house walls. The lap siding technique is commonly used in residential areas where the material used is laid partially below the subsequent strip of the wall. The type of siding varies from the others in that it has a groove at the top of the board. The groove has a decorative effect on the house. The house looks better with the groove.
If you look at this type of outdoor wall, you will realize a feeling of depth within the wall. This feel is not felt in other forms of exterior walls siding. This aspect adds an aesthetic value to the form of siding. You should also know that with the type of siding, you will benefit from an artistic embedding of the material in the form of a grove and have a functional advantage that will make your wall last longer.
Why Dutch lap siding?
Dutch lap siding because of the shape that is introduced by the grove adds strength to the siding. The groove enhances the resilience of the wood to forces that would try to stretch it or bend it beyond its elastic limit. Material science theory informs us that with the increased surface area by the groove, the forces acting to bend the material will be distributed. This will make it difficult break the material.
In addition to the strength, the type of siding will make the house look better. The type of siding will make the house not appear wavy when installed. The wall will add exterior aesthetic value to your house by avoiding the disorganized wavy lines. This siding will look parallel and well aligned. Moreover, as discussed, the style will add depth to the exterior walls. The style is easy to install and maintain.
Wood lap siding
The good thing about this type of siding is that it is natural and warm. The type of siding also has a good look if the right type is selected. The best type of wood siding is the cedar lap siding. The cedar is natural like others and comes in ranges of colors ranging from honey brown to deep red. With age, the cedar turns to silvery grey making it have a good look still. Cedar is also naturally resilient to various weathers and resistant to pests and cannot decay easily. You can easily stain the cedar siding should you decide to be creative with your exterior wall.
Installing lap siding
This is the important part. You have to know how to install the siding because the other information are easy to grasp. After the wall has been prepared, you strip he old siding. Cover the wall with the roofing felt to make the surface smooth to work on. Take measurements and select the siding that fits the parameters.Ensure that the corners are well sealed. Once the corners are well sealed because they are the probable areas for leaks, hold the siding with nails. Your should punch the nails in a symmetric fashion to retain the look of the house. After that you will be done creating your resilient walls.