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Shiplap is the latest trend in home renovation, all thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines’ show Fixer Upper. It brings a timeless look to a home, creating a country charm elegance. Some even know it as the South’s best building material.

What is shiplap?

Shiplap is a wooden board that was traditionally used when building barns, sheds, and other rustic buildings. The boards used for shiplap were often pulled off the sides of large boats that had wrecked in a harbor, hence the “ship” part of the name.

The traditional shiplap has a groove, or rabbet, cut into the top and bottom that allows the pieces to fit together snugly, forming a tight seal. Now, we see it more commonly used in the interior of homes. Shiplap can be stained or painted and set vertically or horizontally. Most of the time, you will find shiplap set horizontally and painted white, to fit the minimalist, modern look that is so popular today.

It is commonly pine or cedar but can be other types of wood as well. When shiplap isn’t painted white, it is usually stained. Stained shiplap offers a more natural, earthy feel and can be stained to a lighter shade or transformed into dark, rich stains. It is also popular to add on to ceilings as it adds a unique style to an otherwise bare space.

Before plywood sheathing was installed beneath siding and interior wall coverings, shiplap's quality made it a common exterior building material. Many older buildings feature shiplap, and as Fixer Upper would have you believe, most homes in Waco, Texas are covered in shiplap.

Why is it so popular?

Here in the South, we gravitate toward styles that take us back to the times of rustic charm, and shiplap adds just that to any renovation project. Aside from the look of shiplap, it is also very durable, if installed correctly. Shiplap can withstand climate change because unlike drywall it can expand and contract as the weather shifts without consequence. Drywall, on the other hand, will crack if it needs to expand.

Shiplap is sturdy enough not to need multiple layers like drywall. With fewer layers, it is easier to spot mildew and mold that builds between walls and ceilings.

Shiplap is becoming more and more popular because it provides a tasteful, yet sophisticated look. There is an array of ways you can use shiplap, whether that be inside or outside. It’s a way to make any home standout because of the unique texture and structure shiplap offers.

Add shiplap to your home

Today’s trends are leaning toward rustic and farmhouse designs; therefore, homeowners are interested in adding shiplap to interior walls to create a rugged look that everyone seems to be craving.

Whether you’re looking to add shiplap as an accent wall or to add it to every wall, Holland Homes can help. We will work with you to design exactly what you want, and we’re always up for a challenge. Feel free to contact us and set up a consultation!

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