Dutch Lap Siding which is also known as COVE Lap and GERMAN Lap and simply pattern "105" by WWPA (Western Wood Products Association) is distinguished by its curved "reveal" or channel between the installed boards. From a distance it gives a slightly rustic "log" impression.
Dutch Lap gained popularity in the late 1800's. It is typically joined with a shiplap overlapping joint but can also include a Tongue and Groove edge. It is typically face-nailed rather than blind-nailed as in Tongue and Groove patterns.
Dutch Lap Siding has 3/8” overlap with a 1 1/4” curved recessed edge. The Dutch Lap pattern provides excellent weather protection and installs with a minimal amount of effort and material wastage.
Dutch Lap siding is normally supplied in unseasoned knotty grades with a saw textured face side. Commonly available sizes are 1x6", 1 x 8" and 1 x 10".
DUTCH Lap has a rustic appearance and from a distance gives a slightly "log" cabin impression. Dutch Cove Lap is an option many people use when the cost of cedar logs is out of the budget.
The following California customer selected Incense Cedar milled to a 1x8" Dutch Lap pattern then factory finished with Duckback Cedar Natural Semi-Trans Stain.
There is only one standard Dutch Lap pattern profile.
The overlap between boards (E) is usually 1/2" leaving approximately a 1" inch curved channel (F) revealed between. The overlap and channel width can be custom modified - sometimes ;-)
The pattern diagram above is actually a WWPA Tongue and Groove pattern with a curved "reveal" similar to the classic Dutch Lap Pattern profile. The T&G end allows for blind-nailing in the tongue effectively hiding the nail. It's a specialty pattern that can be milled to order.
Dutch Lap Siding TRUE Measure
You might be wondering why our Buffalo diagram above has letters - A, B, C - instead of actual measurements. That is because siding measurements can vary from mill to mill and lumber yard to lumber yard. Using letters allows us to confirm the TRUE dimensions with the mill before we sell to our customers.
NOMINAL SIZES are for industry identification only. Even though a pattern is called 1x6" or 1x8" that does not mean it measures 1 inch thick nor 6 or 8 inches wide. Nominal 1x6, 1x8 refers to the size before the pattern profile is milled and NOT the board's final finished or "dressed" dimensions.
A 1" NOMINAL is usually 11/16ths inch thick. A 6" NOMINAL dutchlap pattern is usually 5 3/8 - 5 1/2" wide including the overlap which results in 4 7/8 - 5 1/8 inches of exposed face depending on lap depth. An 8" NOMINAL dutchlap pattern is usually 7 1/8 - 7 1/4" wide including the overlap which results in 6 5/8 - 6 7/8 inches of exposed face depending on the lap depth. This is called the pattern's "exposure" - the visible part of the board when installed on your wall.
In 2016, I ordered quite a lot of Dutch lap cedar to finish off the exterior upper level of a custom barn-house as well as inside the aisle-way and a washrack room for horses. I worked with a fantastic team from Buffalo Lumber to help me match the color of some old Alaskan cedar rough cut boards that are on the first story of the bard (board and batton style).
After finally finishing the upper half (living space) with the Dutch lap cedar from Buffalo in 2017, we came up short (my fault!) in having enough for the aisleway in the barn. Thus, we will be ordering more in the next couple of months. The attention to detail in helping me select the right combination, to the shipping and packaging, makes me believe again that people do take pride in their work.
From the initial inquiry (1.5 yrs ago) to now, installing the Dutch Lap Cedar Siding now, Buffalo Lumber exemplifies customer success in every way. I was skeptical of ordering an important part of our dream house via a company in TN as we are based in central CA. The sales professional was open about the process and the milling location and the 2800 sq ft was delivered perfectly. Will be providing pictures to them to use as appreciation as well as to help other customers visualize end results. I plan to order internal wood products now to complete our vision.
Thank you to the Buffalo lumber team.
Highly recommend this company and their services and products are stellar!
Ashley A. from Gilroy, California (29th November 2018)
Excellent on helping us decide on materials needed,stain,handling Western Red Cedar, what nails to use - I could go on and on. It took me about 6 months to decide on what siding we were going to use and Buffalo Lumber helped us to receive a top quality product, Thank you so much.
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