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Exterior Wood Performance Considerations (an AIA Accredited Course)

AIA CES Continuing Education Webinar produced by Buffalo Lumber
Why present an AIA continuing education webinar about Exterior Wood Performance? Because it all starts with the Design!


Wood Siding Patterns

Wood Siding Pattern Selection is a critical element of design and final appearance. It is important to understand how the different profiles impacts your design BEFORE you select your Siding Pattern.

Fastener visibility: Whether or not you can see the nail is very important to some designers. Some patterns require a face nail while on others we can hide the nail. There are some misconceptions about hidden fastening methods that pose more risk than benefit.

Drainage and water flow: Some patterns are better at water run off than others for specific applications.

Exposure and Sight lines: Many designers plan other elements around the sight lines created by wood siding patterns. A 1x4 “Nickel Gap” pattern is going to create a shadow line every 3 inches, while a 1x6 creates its shadow line every 5 inches for the same pattern.

Expansion and Contraction: When designing with wood in mind it is important to account for how naturally occurring expansion and contraction will affect the appearance of the wood siding pattern. Wood will swell in the wet season and shrink in the dry season. This means the appearance changes depending on the season.


Shiplap Siding standard pattern sample
Shiplap Siding standard pattern sample
A Flush Joint Square Edge profile
A "Flush Joint" Square Edge profile

SHIP LAP  Shiplap Siding is a type of Drop Lap siding with tight joints similar to tongue and groove, but instead of a fitted groove it overlaps the next board usually by 1/2" to 3/4" . If you decide to install Shiplap siding vertically be sure to bevel cut the ends so water is directed to the outside.



Tongue and Groove siding V2E T&G Pattern: One Beveled Face
Tongue and Groove siding V2E T&G Pattern: One Beveled Face
Tongue and Groove siding V4E T&G Pattern: Beveled Both Faces
Tongue and Groove siding V4E T&G Pattern: Beveled Both Faces

TONGUE & GROOVE  T&G Siding is versatile. You can use it indoors or outdoors, rough side or smooth side, installed horizontally, vertically or diagonally, to provide distinctly different looks. The board edges are usually "beveled" but other styles that include flush-jointed, reveal and radius joints are also available. T&G siding has both a rough and smooth face and is graded to the rough face.



Bevel Cedar Siding - PreStained & Racked to dry
Bevel Cedar Siding - Stained & Racked to dry
Western Red Cedar Bevel unit - Ready for Delivery
Cedar Bevel unit - Ready for Delivery

  Bevel siding is lumber board resawn at an angle to produce two pieces thicker on one edge than the other with a thick butt and a thin upper edge lapped to shed water. This pattern is special mill cut that allows the siding panels to fit together in such a way as to protect joints from water infiltration. It installs easily and gives an attractive shadow line.



Dutch Lap Siding standard pattern profile
Dutch Lap Siding standard pattern profile
Unit stack of Dutch Lap Siding
Unit stack of Dutch Lap Siding

DUTCH LAP  is also know as Cove Lap and German Lap Siding. Lap sidings were among the earliest types of finish siding. With lap siding, the profile of each board partially overlaps that of the board next to it. In vertical applications, bevel cut the ends and install the lap siding so water is directed to the outside.


Drainage and water flow: Some patterns are better at water run off than others for specific applications. For example, Dutch Lap and Channel Lap look very similar in appearance. The difference is that the DUTCH LAP is milled with a rounded lower edge. While CHANNEL LAP has a squared off lower edge. 

This makes the DUTCH LAP better for a horizontal application and the CHANNEL LAP better for a vertical application. So if you are trying to decide between the two patterns, take your installation plans into consideration. 


WRC Channel Lap Siding Pattern milled PROFILE
WRC Channel Lap Siding Pattern milled PROFILE
WRC Channel Rustic Lap Stained & INSTALLED
WRC Channel Rustic Lap Stained & INSTALLED

CHANNEL LAP  Channel Rustic Siding has 1/2” overlap and a 1” to 1 1/4" reveal that creates a channel effect between boards. Channel Siding allows maximum dimensional wood change (breathing) in climates of highly variable moisture levels between seasons - without adversely affecting the appearance. Usually available smooth, rough or saw textured.



2x8 Cedar LOG Siding Pattern milled PROFILE
2x8" Cedar LOG Siding just milled REVEAL Profile
WRC Channel Rustic Lap Stained & INSTALLED

Log Cabin Siding  Log Cabin siding allows you to integrate the rustic charm of a log home with conventional frame construction. It looks exactly like a log but requires 75% less wood. The overlap ensures tight insulation against weather and eliminates the need for chinking between logs. The "reveal" pattern creates an attractive recessed effect between logs where you have a choice to create a chink effect with caulking if desired - but not required.


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