If you didn’t catch our last post, wood wall accents and paneling are extremely popular. Wood has a unique ability as a material to both dress up a place as well as dress it down. To the layperson, all wood paneling is more or less doing the same job. However, as a company that deals primarily with wood products, we can tell you that this definitely is not the case. There are many different ways to accent your walls with wood but there are also many different ways to install it as well (some are easier than others.)

What is Shiplap Wood?

Shiplap doesn’t refer exactly to a type of wood so much as it is how that wood is designed for paneling. This design comes down to the joints of the boards, those joints are what makes it shiplap. Shiplap boards are unique in that if you view them from the side, you will notice that the edge of the board has an overlapping groove reminiscent of a Tetris piece shape. This edge is called a rabbet joint.

The rabbet joint allows for the shiplap panels to be stacked in a way that when put together, can create fantastic texture and irregular patterning. One of the chief complaints we have about most wood paneling products is that because they stack evenly, they simply create a very symmetrical patterned look which looks more like flooring more than anything else. With shiplap (as well as our own highly aesthetic glue and stick wood wall accents), it is relatively easy to create non-linear patterns that really draw the eye.

Apart from its aesthetic value, shiplap is notably phenomenal at keeping things like moisture out—they used to use this stuff in ships. It not only works great indoors as an accent to a wall or covering an entire section of a wall, but externally it creates a weatherproof seal due to the rabbet joints locking in place to create a seal against moisture.

How is Shiplap Different Than Tongue In Groove?

As we said earlier, shiplap can be identified by the 90-degree grooves that are on the tops and bottoms of the boards. Another type of wood paneling—tongue in groove, is very similar to shiplap in the sense that they both rely on a type of bevel to fit together. Those looking to make renovations may find themselves having to choose between these two types of paneling. The difference between them lies entirely in ease of installation and that very important factor: cost.

Tongue in groove paneling is great because it offers a very traditional design that can be used in a wide variety of applications. The issue is that unless you have a lot of time on your hands, it can take quite a bit of effort and time from you. Professional installation is for the same reasons listed quite expensive due to labor costs.

Shiplap, on the other hand, is well known to be easy to install and highly economical at the same time. However, there is a third option that’s even easier and cheaper to boot…

Easy Wood Panel Installation

What makes DRVA New Vintage Wood so special is that you can install it easily just about anywhere in your home! Using our USDA approved bond-all eco adhesive, you can achieve a sophisticated look in your home with a fraction of the effort it takes to apply traditional wood paneling using nails and other such means. We have a variety of highly aesthetic and unique finishes. No matter how picky you are, we’re confident that you are sure to find a finish that appeals to you. We’re also proud to announce that we have shiplap coming soon as well!

Install DRVA’s New Vintage Wood in your home today! If you have any questions about our product, give us a call at (855)-472-0300 or visit our contact page.