What kind of siding do you use when you live out in the middle of nowhere, on a mountain ridge, and want the home to look like it belongs there? We decided the answer was Board and Batten siding.
Board and batten siding is the underdog of siding systems, but we like it for the following reasons: it has the potential to be visually clean and crisp; it has a timeless look and weather nicely if implemented correctly; the system takes the natural expansion and contraction of materials into consideration; it’s been around for a long time; it’s durable; and it will fit in nice with our surroundings.
If you don’t know what Board & Batten Siding is, it’s a vertical design created using wide clear or knotty cedar boards spaced apart with narrower boards (battens) covering the joins. There is no set board or batten widths – carious combinations are used to create different looks suitable for large or small-scale applications. A frequent combination is 1”x3” battens and 1”x10” boards. Rough sawn boards or boards surfaced on one side and two edges are also commonly used with the combination of 1”x2” batten and 1”x12” boards.
Here are some examples of Board and Batten Siding...