Everything You Need to Know About Board and Batten Siding

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If you’re a homeowner, it might come as a surprise to you that there are actually multiple different kinds of siding you can use on your house or building. In addition to your traditional, horizontally-styled plastic siding there are a handful of other types which happen to be somewhat popular across America. Board and batten siding is one of those types.

What Is Board and Batten Siding?

Commonly used on barns, this type of siding uses strips of narrow wood which are called battens. These battens are alternated with wider boards, creating a layered effect on your home. Many appreciate this unique style and thus choose board and batten steel siding over all others.

If you might be interested in using board and batten siding for yourself, here are a few things you should know about this stylish type of siding.

The Pros and Cons of Board and Batten Siding

Pros

As with everything, there are both advantages and disadvantages to this siding. A long lifespan is one of the main advantages of board and batten siding, with a properly cared for installation lasting years if not decades.

Another benefit is that it will improve your resale value, thanks to the aesthetic value it adds to your home. Your curb appeal will benefit too, impressing visitors and neighbors alike.

Board and batten is also versatile, able to be installed vertically, horizontally, or both. It’s also cheap to repair due to its use of individual pieces rather than large sheets of siding.

Cons

While there aren’t many, if any physical drawbacks to using board and batten siding, it can be more expensive than average siding jobs. This is because the installation must be done very carefully, and takes longer to complete than typical siding.

Different Material Options and Their Benefits

Wood

Wood siding is great for those who want the most natural, rustic look possible for their home. While it does provide great aesthetic value, it can be susceptible to disease, rot, and decay if moisture should find its way inside. Termites can also be a problem with this material.

Vinyl

Vinyl is very cheap while also being insect and disease-proof as well as somewhat durable. It can be proven to storm damage from debris, however.

Steel

Steel can cost a bit more than other materials, but it’s up there with fiber cement in terms of durability. Steel board and batten siding can also be styled to look like different types of wood and different colors. It’s long lasting and very durable when it comes to storm damage.

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement is incredibly durable, versatile, long-lasting, and safe. It is weather, fire, and heat resistant. It can also be designed to look like almost any other kind of material, including wood. It’s also relatively cheap to install, compared to wood or steel.

How to Install Board & Batten Siding

Depending on what material you use for your board and batten siding, you’ll need a different approach when it comes to installation. Here are some comprehensive breakdowns of how to install each type of material.

How Much It Costs

  • For vinyl board and batten siding, you will typically see a cost of anywhere between 2 and 7 dollars per square foot. This comes out to about $10,500 for a home of 1,500 sq ft.
  • Wood such as Cedar and others will cost about $3 per sq ft and can cost anywhere from $7,000 to $10,000 for a 1,500 sq ft home, depending on labor costs.
  • Fiber cement siding is a bit cheaper, coming in at anywhere from 75 cents to 5 dollars per sq ft. The average 1,500 sq ft home will cost anywhere from 4 to 15 thousand for installation, as labor costs can range from 2 to 5 dollars per sq ft.
  • Steel board and batten siding can be installed for around $3.50 to $4.50 per sq ft. Some companies like Trulog Siding will give you free shipping on orders of over $1,000.  

Consider Board and Batten Steel Siding

Board and batten siding is very popular right now. If you’re looking to have some installed on your house, this article should have you up-to-speed on everything you need to know about it.

After some brief deliberation with yourself or your spouse, you should be able to choose the right kind of board and batten siding for your home, giving it a fresh new style while simultaneously keeping it safe from outside elements.

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