How to Install Shiplap Panelling | This Old House

Everyone is covering their walls with shiplap. It’s the hottest wall covering. The Arlington homeowners love it too and want to finish the third floor with it. Kevin O’Connor finds Tom Silva installing shiplap in the office. But Tom has a not so big secret. Shiplap has been around for a long time.

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Kevin O’Connor checks on the progress throughout the Arlington house on his way up to the third floor where Tom Silva is working on shiplap paneling. Tom shows Kevin what a true shiplap joint looks like. The boards have overlapping joints on both sides and over time a small reveal between the boards is created as they shrink. This kind of siding has been around for a long time and is seen on barns and sheds. There are other ways of creating the same shiplap look. For this project, Tom is using 1×8 stock butted up against one another. First the wall is covered with tar paper so if the boards shrink the insulation won’t show through the crack. He marks the top of the board on the tar paper on each side and snaps a chalk line. They continue cutting and nailing in the pieces all the way up the ceiling.

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