HGTV’s popular show Fixer Upper, which ended in 2018, single-handedly brought the term shiplap into the public’s consciousness. The funny thing about shiplap is that what you see on a new farmhouse-style wall is most likely not ship lap at all.
Shiplap was originally used for exterior siding. The milling process for edging shiplap boards is to rabbet edges to create a tight and secure joint. The top edge of each board laps over the bottom edges of adjacent boards creating a flush joint. Often, a small gap is left between the boards to give a wall a sense of linear structure; either vertical or horizontal. Once the milling technique was applied to interior walls it was mainly used in rural settings to help keep the rain and wind out of leaky buildings. In recent times it was discovered that using this type of joining technique helps to create even and linear patterns on walls that are pleasing to the eye.
Shiplap as seen on the show is usually shiplap boards installed using spacers to create a gap between the rows of boards. You can also use regular straight edge planks with spacers to get the same effect. But ther is a better way...
Since the gap between the boards has become a very sought after look many have achieved this style by installing either standard, straight edged boards or shiplap boards using a spacer. The simplest way to achieve this look, by using nickel gap. Nickel gap is very similar to flooring as it also has edges that are tongue and groove. The difference is that nickel gap has a tongue longer than its corresponding groove creating a consistent, built in gap along the edges of the boards. We offer both shiplap and nickel gap boards, milled from FSC 100% Recycled boards, in a variety of different finishes.