Board and batten style siding is enjoying a resurgence as a way to create visual interest in an otherwise blank wall. So, what is "board and batten?" It's a type of siding where thin strips of wood molding-or "battens"-are placed over the seams of panel boards. The result is an aesthetic that is both rustic and chic, with the strong vertical lines providing shadows and textures to the home exterior.
Since the U.S. was first settled, board and batten were used for outbuildings, such as barns and sheds. That's why some areas of the country still call it "barn siding." Batten strips were used over the seams of the panel boards, creating a siding that helped to stop the outside elements from entering through the joints, keeping farm animals warm through the harsh winters.
Modern Board & Batten
Many different design looks can be achieved using board and batten siding, including:
However it’s used, board and batten can provide a clean, modern texture to your home, providing character and a cozy warmth to the exterior.
Is Board & Batten Expensive?
The cost of achieving the board and batten look varies according to home size, style, type of materials and professional labor.
Is Board & Batten Durable?
While board and batten siding is typically wood, it can be made from vinyl, fiber cement or steel. But when it comes to durability, engineered wood siding is a smarter buy compared to solid wood siding because it mimics its look, but features greater durability and easier maintenance.
LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is an engineered wood siding that features proprietary technology for protection against hail, wind, moisture, fungal decay and termites. Combining LP SmartSide panels with trim to create a board and batten look is a smart way to get the durability you’re looking for with a warranty you’ll appreciate.
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