Several types of vinyl siding surfaces - including Dutch lap, vinyl cedar shake and smooth lap - look like different types of wood. Dutch lap siding surfaces are designed to look like hand-carved wooden planks, an illusion achieved by a shadow line at the top edge of their panels.
Vinyl cedar shake siding systems are designed to look like cedar shake surfaces. They showcase rough surfaces and are arranged vertically, which makes them stand out from other siding systems. Smooth lap vinyl siding, also commonly known as traditional lap siding, is designed to look like long and smooth painted wooden boards.