One of the most popular home projects you’ll hear about these days is replacing or covering drywall walls with shiplap. This wooden sheathing was originally used for exterior construction but has recently become all the rage in interiors (thanks, Chip & Joanna!) Similar to a tongue-and-groove siding, shiplap has a special notch cut on its edges, causing the boards to rest on top of each other and overlap. This unique design allows them to self-space and fit together perfectly — keeping water from getting behind them. The finished look is simple, clean, and easy to maintain.
With all the hype around the topic of shiplap, we asked our handyman division, Mike’s Guys, if it’s really as great as everyone says it is. Should this be something to consider installing when updating your home?
Here are some reasons why it might actually be a great choice:
1. A Timeless Look
A good question to ask before you invest in any significant change to your home is how well it with withstand the test of time. At Medford Design-Build, we always suggest sticking to a timeless design instead of something that is very trendy. Following closely after trends usually results in a short-lived (and short-loved) project that needs to be re-done once the fad has come and gone. Shiplap creates a classic, timeless aesthetic that will still look beautiful for years to come. Typically cut from wood such as pine, cedar, or oak, it’s easy to paint or stain for a custom feel.
2. Made to Last
At 3/4 inches in thick of solid wood, shiplap’s durability is unmatchable. It’s strong against scratches and dents and works great in kitchens and bathrooms since it doesn’t absorb moisture and fumes. If flooding occurs, a shiplap wall can easily dry out without the threat of stains or dangerous molds. It’s easy to clean with the simple wipe of a damp rag.
You can expect to pay between $2.50 and $7.00 per square foot for real wood boards. On average, shiplap interior installation costs $1,000, with most homeowners spending between $500 and $1,500 for one room.
In addition to wood cost, shiplap will also require stain, paint, or sealant. Luckily, because installation is relatively easy, labor costs are often minimal if you hire a professional (like Mike’s Guys!) to do it. Many homeowners even opt to DIY it, saving on the cost of installation.
4. Ease of Decor
A great perk of having shiplap installed on an interior wall is that you don’t have to look for studs to hang picture frames, mirrors, shelves, or other types of décor. Because of the solid wood, every space on the wall is strong enough to hold heavier items. The clean, simple look makes it a great backdrop for just about anything while still adding some visual interest!
These are only a few of the reasons why shiplap might be a good option to consider if it’s time to update your interior walls. The beautiful aesthetic, versatility and durability, ease of installation, and affordability make for a finished result you will be happy with for years to come.
If you are interested in having shiplap installed in your home, Mike’s Guys Handyman would be happy to help! Contact us today for more information or to get a quote.