Board and Batten Siding

Board and Batten Siding, or 'Vertical' siding has been around for hundreds of years. It is still one of the most popular home siding styles used today.

It adds rustic beauty to homes and is often used in conjunction with other types of siding such as Cedar Shake and or Clapboard.

Craftsman Style Home

Vertical siding is siding that runs up and down, or vertically. From top to bottom. Often used as on gables and garages as an accent treatment. 

This is a style of siding where 10" to 12"+ wide long cedar boards are nailed vertically from top to bottom of the house. The widths of the boards come in many varied sizes.

A small batten, usually one or two inches wide, is nailed where the two wooden planks come together in order to seal the crack at the joint between the boards.

This 'batten' sealed the cracks between the boards and made early homes more weather tight and helped keep out the chilly winter winds, making the home much warmer in the wintertime.

Hence the term 'Board and Batten'.  

Look around your neighborhood and you will see it everywhere.

Here the homeowner has used board and batten on the front of the garage and used cedar shake siding on the house gable. (Click on picture to see larger)

It recreates the historic charm and rustic look of centuries old cedar plank siding.

It is often used with cedar shake or other types of siding to add more contrast to the home.

Board and Batten Vinyl Siding

Board and Batten

Today Board and Batten vinyl siding recreates the look of long cedar boards hung vertically.  It looks just like real wood and never needs painting, will not rot and termites will not eat it. All for about half the cost of real wood.

It can be installed over most existing outside walls.

Vinyl Board and Batten
Vinyl Panel

Rugged outdoor charm that makes a strong statement on your house.

It gives homes that look that only real cedar wood used to do.

Here the siding is used here as an accent on the ends of the house in conjunction with clapboard and vinyl cedar shakes.

A 10" board with a 2" batten to create an 12" wide board, or profile.

Here it is used on the garage gable and at the end of the house on the right.

Cedar Shake Siding is used on the main house and natural stone used as accent. Very nice look, charming and rustic.

Effective use of multiple siding types all working together. 

Used here with 'Scallops' to create a special look on the house. 

Vinyl Siding Costs 

The vinyl siding costs for this style of siding is similar to that of other styles of vinyl siding. Somewhere between $3 and $10 per square foot depending upon what quality or thickness you choose and whether it is insulated or non-insulated.  

Vinyl siding, like all products, comes in several distinct levels of quality. Higher grades will cost more than economy brands. If you have a 2,000 square foot house and want to install new siding you would just pick the price point that fits your budget.

2,000 sq ft house:

Economy Brand $3 sq ft x 2,000 = $6,000

Premium Brand   $10 sq ft x 2,000 = $20,000

Vinyl siding comes in many different price ranges, ask your contractor for his opinion once you have decided on your budget. He may be able to point you to specific products to save you some money.

To get more information on how to make yourself a realistic budget... click here.

If you like this type of siding for your house, tell your contractor. Once you have picked out a style and product, colors, textures and most importantly, thickness, then ask your contractor for his opinion.

Remember he is a professional and installs vinyl siding every day and will be glad to answer your questions. And he may have suggestions for assorted products that could save you some money!

Quick History of Board and Batten Siding

A quick history of board and batten siding. It's been around a long time. Sometimes called 'Barn Siding' because it was used as barn siding for hundreds of years.

Bard Siding
Old Barns used board and batten style siding

To see more of the history of Board and Batten  click here

Vertical siding has its roots in early colonial America where it was used on barns throughout early America and is sometimes still called 'Barn Siding'.

Still used today, it is one of the most popular siding types. 

More history on siding click here.    History of Siding 

To see more pictures of homes using vinyl siding,  Click here.. more pictures.

Vinyl Board and Batten Siding Colors

Vinyl board and batten siding colors are vast and plentiful. Each vinyl siding manufacturing company has their own special colors and the traditional home colors to choose from. Looking at several different vinyl siding manufacturing companies' colors will play a big part in your decision on what vinyl siding brand to choose. 

Comes in many assorted colors. The Cedar Boards collection by CertainTeed has 13 low-gloss colors.

Oxford Blue
Savannah Wicker Color
Autumn Red

Used here on the garage front and homeowner has used Cedar Shake Siding on house gable.

Note the assorted colors of siding used.

To see more information on all vinyl siding and how it can be used, 

click here to go to Vinyl Siding Institute.

Used with Half-Rounds

Board and Batten with Scallop style

Here used with scallop siding.  Scallop or half rounds make a wonderful accent to a home.

Cleaning Vinyl Siding

Cleaning vinyl siding is much easier than painting it. Just grab the garden hose and wash it down occasionally. Here is some useful information on cleaning most any type of vinyl siding.

sure beats painting!
Pressure washing
Good old elbow grease

To see more information on How to Clean Your Vinyl Siding   Click Here   Cleaning Vinyl Siding

Board and Batten vinyl siding
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Board and Batten vinyl siding
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Other Vinyl Siding Styles

Other vinyl siding styles include Clapboard, Beaded, Dutch Lap and others.  There are also other 'Types' of home siding such as concrete board, and Hardie Board.

Clapboard Siding 

Clapboard Vinyl Siding

Clapboard siding is another 'Style' of home siding, to see more information on Clapboard Siding Click Here.

Cedar Shake Vinyl Siding

Cedar Shake Vinyl Siding

Cedar Shake Vinyl Siding is another 'Style' of siding. In fact, Cedar Shake siding is one of the most popular home sidings in the U.S.   To see more information on Cedar Shake Vinyl Siding  Click Here

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Hardie Board Siding

Hardie Board Siding
Hardie Board Siding Cedar Shake

Hardie Board Siding is one of the most popular home siding products in America. Stronger than vinyl siding, comes in most all the popular siding styles, great looking with very little maintenance. 

To see more about Hardie Board Siding  Click Here  Hardie Board Siding