An interior design buzzword, shiplap is a versatile material steeped in historical value. Shiplap is a plank with grooves at the top and bottom to allow shipbuilders to tightly fit pieces together making them watertight. Later, the shipbuilder’s timbers were used to sheath exteriors of homes to keep out cold winds. Today, shiplap is a hot trend in North Virginia interior home décor that can change and enhance the look and feel of a space.
Shiplap is exceptionally versatile and brings a unique texture to a room. It can be a mightily impressive accent wall and because it can be painted, stained or varnished, there are unlimited possibilities for its adaptability in any decorative scheme. Occasionally, a restoration project for an old North Virginia home’s plaster interior will reveal a treasure trove of original shiplap. The homeowner can do a happy dance because original shiplap is a high value reclaimed building material. But this sort of find doesn’t always happen, and original shiplap can be quite pricey.
There are alternatives.
There are plenty of suppliers selling new shiplap but it can be on the expensive side. The reason is because both edges need to be milled to achieve the watertight overlap, which of course you don’t need in today’s decorative purposes.
An affordable alternative is 1”x6” MDF (Medium Density Fiberwood) planks. They can look identical to shiplap without the need for milled edges.
At the award winning, Reston-based, painting business All American Painting Plus, one of the “Pluses” is our crew of talented carpenters. Unless you have some awesome carpentry skills, you are going to want a professional doing the installation of your shiplap project.
As professional house painters, we paint to perfection. That same “exceeding expectations” goal applies to all the other services we offer. You can rely on our carpenters to deliver a shiplap installation that you will be delighted with.
This is how we do it:
Professional shiplap installation is just one of the extras that All American Painting Plus offers. If you are ready to work with the best painting service in North Virginia, call us today.