What is Shiplap, Anyway?

(Lewes, News, Real Estate News, Rehoboth Beach, Updates - Posted: March 22nd, 2016)

What is Shiplap, Anyway?

By Nancy Mitchell

Shiplap is the building material everyone’s talking about, thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, who use it on pratically everything. But what, exactly, is shiplap?

I confess that the first time I heard the term mentioned on the show I thought Chip and Jojo were saying ‘ship black’. How odd, I thought — a white wood wall covering called ship black made no sense to me. I rewound and listened closer: ship lack? ship slap? shiplap? Shiplap!

A little light internet research reveals that shiplap is a kind of wooden board that’s often used for constructing sheds, barns, and other rustic buildings.Traditional shiplap has a rabbet (or groove) cut into the top and bottom, which allows the pieces to fit together snugly, forming a tight seal. This also gives shiplap its distinctive appearance, with subtle horizontal reveals between each piece. READ MORE . . .

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