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A New England saltbox house with unpainted clapboard siding

Clapboard, also known as bevel siding or lap siding or weather-board (with regional variants as to the exact definitions of these terms), is a board used typically for exterior horizontal siding that has one edge thicker than the other and where the board above laps over the one below. It is often found in New England architecture.

Clapboard siding got its name from the Dutch Klappen, meaning to split. It was originally split by hand from logs in a radial manner. Later, the boards were radially sawn in a mill.

In Australia and New Zealand, this kind of cladding is known as weatherboard, and was extensively used in forested regions from the Colonial period to the mid-20th Century.

In newer, cheaper construction, clapboard is often imitated as "siding" made of vinyl, aluminum, or fiber cement.


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