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Shiplap is a style of wooden wall siding characterized by long planks that are joined together with an overlapping rabbet joint, which usually creates a 90 degree-angled gap in between the boards.  Now that we know What it is, let’s find out how it came to be.

Shiplap was originally used on the sides of a ship to withstand harsh climates.  The practice of overlapping wood planks to keep out moisture evolved and produced shiplap.  It consisted of boards that overlapped at rabbeted edges to create a snug, watertight fit.  After that, it became a common exterior siding for barns and sheds.

Before plywood and drywall, builders would line rooms in shiplap to keep the room warm and dry.  Now, people are bringing it to the interior of the home to create fireplace surrounds, accent walls, headboards, ceilings, and so on.  Shiplap can be installed anywhere really.  It is a great way to add a little character to a room.  As you can see by our photos, a few of our customers enjoy the look as well.

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