Board and Batten Siding

Board and batten siding has traditionally been known as barn siding. This is because it is often used on barns. However, board and batten is becoming more common for use on homes and other buildings due to its attractive appearance and relatively low cost. If you are looking for the beauty of natural wood on your home or building, it should certainly be considered.

Board and battens is just one of many options available if you are looking for a natural wood exterior to your home. It is one of the more inexpensive wood options and provides a rather rustic feel – although it does require some maintenance.”

Basics Of Board And Batten Siding

This cladding is a type of vertical wood cladding that is mounted on the walls by alternating 8″ or 12″ wide boards with 2″ or 3″ wide vertical battens that extend out an inch and a half. Depending on what type of material you use, you can have a very rustic look or a more refined look. Wood can be rough and unfinished or can be painted to look more uniform. In general, this is a relatively low cost option for creating a rustic and natural look for a home.

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Board And Batten Siding Cost

Price Range: $3.50 – $6.50 psf installed

Homeowners can expect to pay $3.50 to $6.50 per square foot, which includes both the product and some form of professional installation. Even though it may cost more than vinyl at the outset, not having to replace it too soon will save you money in the long run. Read more on board and batten siding cost.

Board and Batten Siding Installation

With siding installation, the width of the boards will determine how many nails you need and where they should be placed. Boards that are six inches in width only require one nail, while those that are eight inches wide should have two nails evenly spaced apart. The battens should partially overlap the boards and then should be nailed. Although it can be installed by a do-it-yourselfer, it may be best to choose a installer experienced in the proper installation.


It is important to keep up with proper siding maintenance to extend the life of the siding. Wood should be inspected periodically (annually is best) to see if any wood is damaged or rotted and needs to be replaced. Since natural wood is affected by moisture and insects, as well as the elements of the weather, it is best to keep tabs on the condition of the siding in order to keep damage under control and to maintain the longevity of the siding.

Additional Options
There are other products available that also mimic the look of wood but do not require the maintenance of real wood, such as board and batten vinyl cladding, fiber cement siding and more. Natural wood provides an unmatched look for homes and buildings and board and batten siding can provide an interesting alternative to other more traditional wood siding products typically used for residential homes.

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