BEVEL SIDING PATTERN
Bevel Siding with a square butt end is traditionally know as Clapboard Siding. Bevel Siding with a notched butt end is known as "Dolly Varden" or Rabbeted Bevel.
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The Rabetted Bevel - Dolly Varden pattern features a 1/2" - 3/4" notch in the thicker butt end of the board. This rabbeted edge cut allows the bevel siding panels to fit together in such a way as to protect joints from water infiltration. The Dolly Varden Rabbeted Bevel profile is an easier install while providing the same traditional bevel style and appearance. You will appreciate both the beauty of our rabbeted bevel clapboard siding as well as the ease of installation.
Bevel Siding is milled by resawing lumber at an angle to produce two pieces thicker on one edge than the other. The Bevel pattern - sometimes called Bevel lap or clapboard siding - has a triangular profile with a thick butt and a thin upper edge. BEVEL Lap siding should be installed with the lower thicker bevel butt edge overlapping the thin edge which results in an attractive shadow line.
Both faces are saw textured resulting in a perfect surface to soak in your stain or prime finish. Bevel siding is recommended for horizontal applications only. Bevel cedar or redwood siding has a rustic warmth that is ideal for homes, cottages, and cabins.
Installed the thick butt edge over laps the thin creating an excellent weather barrier so that rainwater is shed from the siding. The minimum recommended board overlap at installation for 6" and 8" widths is 1 inch. Wider boards require greater overlap of 1 1/4th to 1 1/2 inch.
If we look at the diagram below we can see that this used to be a single board. After diagonal milling two new board surfaces are revealed. This surface which will be visible on your wall is manually graded at the mill to meet the different grade levels from CLEAR to STD&BTR appearance specifications.
The diagonal cut through the middle creates a rough face that is useable for both pieces. However, the top and bottom of this stick which go against the wall and are not seen once installed do not have to meet the same exacting grade standards allowing more flaws.
The saw that cuts this stick in half diagonally can’t cut it to be smooth. It can only cut in half and produce a rough face. This rough saw-textured surface more fully absorbs the stain or paint finish. However, smooth surfacing which requires running the beveled board through a planer after milling is available upon request.