Board and Batten Siding: Pros and Cons

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Board and batten siding is a basic yet uniquely attractive siding. It incorporates narrow strips of wood called battens which alternate with wide boards. It is also referred to as barn siding due to its wide usage in barns across America. Some pros and cons of this siding are given below.

Pros of Board and Batten Siding

When well maintained, the siding can last several years. It adds natural beauty to your home, which also adds to the resale value of your property. Barn siding is highly versatile. It can be used in a wide range of applications with assured success. Boards can be installed horizontally or vertically, and the battens placed in between boards. Should replacement become necessary, you can replace the individual pieces, which helps to keep costs down.


Much time is required if the siding is to be well installed. This is because of the large number of individual battens and boards involved. If done hurriedly, results are bound to disappoint. Board and batten is a high maintenance siding. You need to power wash, seal, stain or paint the siding periodically. It is easily attacked by termites, especially if untreated. This gives it a high susceptibility to rot. Some wood species are rot-resistant but cost much more than ordinary wood. The siding is also susceptible to splits and, which necessitates that you caulk to contain the damaged warps