Board and batten style siding is enjoying a resurgence as a way to create visual interest in an otherwise blank wall. Many believe board and batten style is a timeless look that can leave your home’s exterior with major curb appeal for years to come.
Board and batten style is the name for a style of siding where thin strips of wood molding-or "battens"-are placed over the vertical seams of panel or vertical sidings. The result is an aesthetic that is both rustic and trendy with the strong vertical lines providing shadows and textures to the home exterior.
Since the U.S. was first settled, board and batten style was 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 siding, creating a siding that helped to stop the outside elements from entering through the joints, keeping farm animals warm through the harsh winters.
Many different design looks can be achieved using board and batten style siding, including:
However it’s used, board and batten style siding can provide a clean, modern texture to your home, providing character and cozy warmth to the exterior.
The cost of achieving the board and batten look varies according to home size, style, type of materials and professional labor. Generally, things that impact board and batten style siding costs are:
While board and batten style exterior 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 has the look of cedar texture but features greater durability and easier maintenance.
LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is an engineered wood siding that features the proprietary SmartGuard® process to help protect against hail, moisture, and resistance against fungal decay and termites. Combining LP SmartSide siding with trim to create a board and batten look is a smart way to help get the durability you’re looking for with a warranty you’ll appreciate.
Want to see more board and batten style siding looks? Check our inspiration gallery. Or if you’re ready to take the next step, find out how to get connected with a contractor in your area.
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