Choosing Between Channel, Tongue & Groove, and Bevel Siding

There are plenty of different ways to install siding on a structure, each coming with its own aesthetic, functional, and practical qualities. However, the difference between them is not always immediately perceptible, which is why you need to pay attention to make sure you are achieving the look that you want. You may not know the difference between better channel, tongue & groove, and bevel siding by name only, but trust us that you know how different they all look from each other.



Bevel Siding


Bevel siding (also known as overlapped siding) is characterized by its rustic look, which can be seen in homes all across the United States. The titular beveled edge is the one face that isn’t perpendicular to the rest of the piece, creating a narrow sideways trapezoid. This edge is used to soften a side of the piece for safety purposes, wear resistance, or even just for the look of it. When it comes to wood siding, it is often very important to make sure to look for beveled edges in order to ease the actual assembling of the siding on the structure itself. Bevel siding also makes it so that the surface has some dimension to it while also protecting the house itself, as all siding should.


Channel Siding


Now, channel siding avoids the slanted look of bevel siding, remaining mostly flat with the overall surface perpendicular to the ground. We say surface because the channels themselves aren’t. The channels are created by the overlap between the boards, which gives the siding a shadow line effect- This is an attractive visual attribute, but it’s also much more than that. This channel provides weather protection by creating a dimensional movement. This contrasts the rustic look of bevel siding with a still traditional but slightly more clean-cut look that evokes cabins rather than suburbs. In the end, the best option will be determined by the stylistic approach you choose to take.


Tongue & Groove


Tongue & groove (also called v-jointed or v-grooved) is a very popular type of cladding for siding given its neat appearance and its effective method of protection from both water and weather damage. This is thanks to the interlocking joints, which create an effective shield from the rainfall and other harsh weather conditions, as well as great insulation. The one thing to keep in mind when it comes to this type of cladding is the shrinkage that will inevitably take place during warm weather. You need to make sure that the siding boards that you get are designed in such a way that they allow for shrinkage during the installation to prevent any sort of gaps from appearing in the future.


Find Your Choice of Siding at NSBM Seattle


Siding is a very important component of a structure. After all, it’s the protective barrier that makes sure the integrity of a house is maintained in spite of the elements. Whether you want to apply channel, tongue & groove, or bevel siding, we at New Standard Building Materials have the best siding to offer. For more information on our products or custom quotes for materials, you can always give our team a call at (206) 268-0663. We are here to help.

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