Board and Batten siding is a classic siding option known for its old-time look and durability. Originally used as siding for barns and outbuildings, Board and Batten has been around for decades, and for good reason. The style came about as people began seeking new, more efficient sidings than those notoriously drafty log homes. Thus as the wide, milled boards were nailed vertically, thin furring strips were used to help fill the gaps and create an easy, efficient siding perfect for sealing out the cold.
Nowadays, homeowners look to Board and Batten siding for the same benefits - efficiency, durability and ease of installation. At Marks Lumber, our circle sawn Board and Batten siding is perfect for those looking to recreate this beautiful, rustic look.
The key to this siding, along with any other wood siding, is proper installation. While the look of Board and Batten is still the same as all those years ago, nowadays, we recommend a few more steps than just nailing up the boards. At Marks Lumber in Clancy, Montana, we recommend following the Western Wood Products Association (WWPA) guidelines for installation and finishing of wood sidings.
Step 1: Acclimation
Proper acclimation of wood products is critical to quality installation. Stacking siding material with space between them for a minimum of ten days is recommended for dried Marks Lumber products.
Step 2: Pre-finish
Finishing is one of the most important steps in the installation process. In dry climates, like we have in Montana, pre-finishing is advised. This means both sides, edges, and all cut ends should be pre-finished or primed. Make sure your pre-finish is compatible with the final finish products. At Marks Lumber, we recommend using Lifetime Wood Treatment for an easy, low-maintenance finish product.
If you choose a water-based finish, keep in mind that it can add significant moisture to the boards, which can lead to swelling. Make sure you allow time for the siding to re-dry and acclimate after pre-finish and before installation.
Step 3: Installation
Natural wood siding should be installed over a weather-resistive barrier for all sheathing materials. If sheathing or the weather-resistive barrier gets wet prior to installation, allow the surface to dry before starting.
Board and Batten siding can only be installed vertically. The siding should be nailed to horizontal blocking, not exceeding 32 inches on center. The wide boards should be spaced out ¾” to 1” apart so you achieve the recommended ½” overlap on each side of the batt. Batts are then nailed up over each seam.
The wide boards used in Board and Batten benefit from having backing material behind them. Use caution when driving fasteners on wide pieces, especially if no backing is used.
When it comes to natural wood siding, maintenance is critical. Most natural wood sidings benefit from regular washings. A light-pressure power wash with Perma-Chink System’s Log Wash will remove dust and harmful pollen and help keep your siding protected.
Looking for a durable, unique wood siding that you can install yourself? Contact Marks Lumber’s qualified sales team today to learn more about our circle sawn shiplap siding, or download our full installation instructions for more information.