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Dutch lap vinyl siding: how it compares to the real thing


Dutch lap siding was first popularized in the Colonial era and has remained popular due to its sophisticated style and design. It combines the simple lines of traditional siding with modern advances, featuring a groove along the top edge of the face, which increases the strength and adds a uniform look. Dutch lap vinyl siding is designed to replicate the look and feel of real wood siding while being more durable and less expensive.

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Dutch lap vinyl siding styles and designs

Though it is characterized by its traditional style, Dutch lap vinyl siding comes in a variety of designs, just as real dutch lap siding does. Different options include:

  • Wide variety of colors
  • Grains (i.e. mill grain, rough-cut, board and batten, smooth, wood bark)
  • Thickness: ranges from .040" to 1.125"
  • Qualities: value level, mid-range level, premium level

The different vinyl siding options may greatly affect the overall price, which is no different from real Dutch lap siding.

Real wood vs. vinyl

More homeowners are choosing vinyl siding since it has become a great alternative to real wood. In fact, many major siding retailers and manufacturers will carry the Dutch lap style. Lower quality manufacturers offer the lowest prices that often range from $50 to $70 per square. Mid-range quality manufacturers will cost roughly $70 to $100 per square. Premium level quality will typically start at $100 per square and up.

Though the prices range greatly for Dutch lap-style vinyl siding, it will normally cost less than real wood, especially when you factor in maintenance costs. Therefore, if you're in the market for traditional wood siding but are working within a budget, Dutch lap vinyl siding might be the right choice.

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