Board and batten: Rustic appearance, effective protection
Batten and board siding has a beautiful and rustic appearance, while providing homes and commercial buildings with weatherproof and insulating protection. And, with wood options available for every price point, board and batten siding is perfect for almost any commercial or residential building.
Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re considering board and batten siding for your home or facility:
Vertical siding material selection
Board and batten siding is notable because of all the choices available for every price point—batten and board siding is available in cheaper options such as pine or spruce. For a more luxurious look, red or yellow cedar can be used.
There are several ”grades” of wood used for vertical siding that dictate the pricing of all batten and board installations. ”Clear heart” is the highest quality—and highest price—and has no imperfections, such as knots or holes. For a more rustic appearance, though, perhaps ”select knotty” is a good choice.
A siding contractor will be able to guide you toward the best board and batten siding material for your design specifications and price range.
Proper installation by a professional siding contractor
Every batten and board installation is different. Since there aren’t any standard widths for the boards or battens, there aren’t any standard best practices when installing. The general rule of thumb, however, is to have at least a ½” overlap between every batten and board. The thickness of the entire system needs to be at least 1 ½” thick.
There are two ways to install board and batten siding that provide different design aesthetics. Usually, battens are installed over boards. You can, however, install boards over battens for a more textured appearance.
It is also important to wrap the home or commercial building with some sort of wrap or tar paper to ensure the vertical siding system is watertight and better insulated. A roofing contractor will also add value to your board and batten system by properly fitting flashing around windows, doors and other protrusions for further weatherproofing and insulation. Vertical siding is especially susceptible to water damage at the ends of each board, so it is crucial that your siding contractor coat the rough edges of each board with a waterproof coating.
The added value of a quality batten and board siding contractor
When you’re thinking about installing or replacing your siding, be sure to schedule a consultation with Wildwood Roofing & Construction. We’re St. Louis’ experts on roofing and siding. We have the care and precision to replace siding on homes, and the bandwidth and diligence to take on large-scale commercial projects. Home- and facility-owners around St. Louis trust us to protect their assets.
We’re passionate about what we do. We live for the feeling of seeing a job well done. This means using knowing the proper siding installation techniques better than anyone else. It means being up-to-date on fire safety codes, St. Louis City and County building codes and international standards. Our goal is to deliver siding solutions that meet your facility or home’s needs. And we do it seamlessly.
We operate by a higher standard. Other guys? They want to get the job done. We want to get it done right—on time and on budget. When we give you a quote for your vertical siding, we’ll stick to it. Same with the timeline. We want the finished product to be something we’re proud of and you’re happy with. Maybe that’s why we’re proud of every commercial and residential siding project we’ve ever completed.
So schedule a risk-free siding consultation and learn what sets us apart.
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