Board and Batten Siding Installation: 6 Tips

Board and batten siding installation is one of the earliest styles that was used for wood house sidings. In fact, even today, you can see such installations in ranch and country-styled homes. Board and batten sidings are also loosely known as board and batt. These sidings are made by nailing 2X4 boards together, using strips of wood that are very narrow. Since they are usually used in country-styled homes and ranches, they are often also known as barn sidings. Here are some useful tips and some mistakes to avoid when attempting board and batten siding installation.

1. Batten before Board

Battens are always applied first, followed by the boards. Although this kind of installation is popularly known as board and batten siding, the actual order of installation is always reversed. In fact, if you reversed it, you would completely ruin the look of the siding

2. Nail to Board Ratio

While 2X4 boards are commonly used in such installations, you may also use differently sized boards. If at all you get a board that is 6 or more than 6 inches in width, you will have to fasten each board to the blocking line by using nails hammered right in the middle of the board. The wider the board, the more are the number of nails that you will have to use. For instance, if the board is 6 inches wide, you can simply use one nail in the center. However, if the board is 8 inches in width, use 2 nails in the center so that it is nailed tightly into the center of the blocking line that is placed horizontally behind it.

3. Leaving Gaps

Boards and battens usually expand when there is excessive moisture in the air. Therefore, boards are always placed such that there is some breathing space between each board. For instance, 1x4 boards should typically be spaced ½ inch apart, and 1x8 boards should be spaced 1 inch apart.

4. Treat the Wood

Cedar is the most popular type of wood used for board and batten siding installations. It is popular because it is naturally resistant to decay; this means that the wood can last for a long time. Regardless, it is important that any wooden siding that you use be properly treated with different water and stain repellant finishes; you can also paint it in order to delay the decay of the wood. These wooden sidings also require regular maintenance.

5. Hammering Back the Nails

When installing battens, it is important to hammer the nails completely into the battens. This means that the nails should come out the other end. The protruding ends are then hammered back into the slots between the different boards. This allows the battens to be attached properly and in the right place.

6. Safety First

    When installing board and batten sidings or working with any kind of wood, it is important to take all the necessary safety precautions. Before you being any work, wear appropriate safety gear including plastic goggles, a safety apron and gloves.