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What is Lap Siding?

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Trying to decide what kind of siding to get on the exterior of your home? There are a lot of options to choose from, and the decision can be overwhelming. Even once you’ve decided what type of material to use, such as vinyl, stucco, or wood, you still have a world of options to choose from. If you’ve chosen to use wooden siding, you’ve probably heard of the term “lap siding” and are wondering what in the world it is.

 

What is lap siding?

 

Originally, lap siding was more commonly known as wood siding. However, lap siding is now available in a variety of materials, including vinyl, fiber cement, and engineered wood as well as the traditional wood siding.

 

Lap siding is a flat siding option that is composed of long boards that overlap each other, which is where the name “lap siding” comes from. This type of design is also often called clapboard, even though lap siding is made up of larger boards than clapboard is.

 

Lap siding is a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing siding option, that you’ve probably seen all over new and remodeled homes. You can also use lap siding in conjunction with any other type of siding and building material. Lap siding does a wonderful job of accentuating whatever other types of siding you choose, so it’s perfect to use alongside stucco, stone, and brick on your home.

 

The benefits of lap siding

 

There are plenty of other great reasons to choose lap siding for the exterior of your home, besides just the aesthetic appeal. It’s a perfect design choice for anyone who is looking to increase their curb appeal, because lap siding is:

-Durable

-Sustainable

-Resists rotting

-Almost maintenance free

-Usually comes with a 20-50 year warranty(this varies depending on the specific product you choose)

-Available in a variety of colors

 

Lap siding options

 

As we mentioned earlier, you can select your lap siding in traditional wood, vinyl, fiberglass cement, or engineered wood. One of the great reasons to use lap siding is that, no matter which material you choose, if it needs to be repaired, you only have to remove the one damaged plank. This makes the maintenance affordable and easy to do. When it is installed, each new piece is wedged underneath the piece above it. This forms a very protective barrier between your home and all of the elements.

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3 Steps to Make a Living Wall

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Have you ever wanted to bring your backyard to life with a living wall? A living wall can be made indoors or outdoors, and there are benefits to doing it either way. Outside, you’ll get easier access to sunlight. Just make sure that you pick the right plants if you’re going to be building your living wall outside, rather than inside! A very popular plant option for a living wall is a wall made up of succulents. While this is a gorgeous look, you don’t have to be confined to succulents for your own living wall. Here are a few tips to make a living wall of your own!

 

Build the frame

 

You’ll need a place for your pots to sit. The easiest way to do this, is to create and build the frame yourself. The frame should be sturdy, we suggest a form of plywood as well as corrugated plastic. It can look however you want it to. Essentially, decide how big you want it to be, and build a frame with a few sections(think cubbies) to place the plants in. You’ll need to mount this frame onto an existing wall or fence, so keep that in mind as you decide the size. This works best against turdy walls made out of materials like concrete.

 

Picking your plants

 

Once you’ve got the frame made, staple a few layers of Tuf-felt to the side of the frame that will be facing out. Cut simple slits into the outer layer of the fabric, and then you will be ready to easily slide your plants into your frame.

 

What plants you choose is entirely up to you, and just depends on what kind of look you’re going for! Just make sure that the plants you choose will thrive in your climate, and you know how to care for them properly.

 

An easier way to get a living wall

 

If building a frame and hanging it is a little bit too much effort, there are easier ways to get this look!

  • Set a row of small-leafed vines in pots, on top of a wall. As they grow, they will cascade down over the wall. Some great trailing plants to choose from are: rosary vine, string of pearls, and english ivy.

  • Attach air plants directly to the wall, since they don’t need soil to thrive. You can use a waterproof adhesive like Tilly Tacker to get this look.

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