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The Pros and Cons of Board and Batten Siding

posted on Dec 5, 2019

If you’re not familiar with building home exteriors, you might not even realize that there are many different styles of siding. Some of the most popular include horizontal panels, traditional lap, dutch lap, board and batten, and shakes. In this blog, we’re going to cover board and batten. We’re going to explain the pros and cons of board and batten siding, why people choose this style for their home, and the different types of material you can choose with it.

Pros and Cons of Board and Batten Siding

At Legacy Service, we’re all about making your home exterior the best it can possibly be. Whether you’re in need of new roofing, siding, windows, gutters, or skylights, we’re here for you. Siding replacement is the perfect opportunity to explore your home’s potential and make a stunning transformation. We provide the best options you can find, including but not limited to fiber cement by James Hardie, classic wood, long-lasting PVC, and affordable vinyl. We treat our customers as our guides. No matter what you want for your home, we’ll make it a reality. If you’re interested in board and batten for your home, please feel free to contact us at 215-798-9790 or fill out a contact form at https://legacyusa.com/contact/.

About Board and Batten Siding

Board and batten is currently one of the most popular types in the United States. As a basic yet uniquely attractive type of siding, it’s commonly used on barns across America, also granting it the name “barn siding.”

Board and batten siding uses strips of narrow wood called battens. These battens are alternated with wider boards, which creates a layered effect on your home. Its style makes it weathertight and resistant to harsh winds. Many people also appreciate the unique look of board and batten, which is why it’s oftentimes chosen over other types. Having been in demand for hundreds of years, board and batten has proven its worth, evolved over time, and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

Board and Batten Siding

Pros of Board and Batten Siding

Homeowners choose board and batten siding over other types for many reasons. In this section, we’re going to highlight its top advantages. If these are the pros you’re looking for, then you might want to get board and batten for your home! The advantages include:

It’s long-lasting – When installed and taken care of properly, board and batten can last for many years if not decades. This long-lasting siding is perfect if you want to replace it as little as possible.

It’s visually-appealing – Just because the siding is durable doesn’t mean it’s unattractive. Board and batten is visually appealing for everyone, from the homeowners themselves to the people passing by on the street. Your neighbors will be pleased to look out of their windows and see your home next to them.

It increases curb appeal – Are you thinking about selling your home sometime in the future? If so, board and batten can significantly increase your home’s curb appeal, helping it sell faster and for a higher price.

It’s versatile – This siding is one of the most versatile types. It can be used successfully in a wide variety of applications. The boards can be installed either vertically, horizontally, or both, with the battens placed in between the boards. And since they use individual pieces, it’s easy to replace them, which helps keep maintenance costs down.

If you choose vinyl as your material for board and batten siding, you’ll have the benefit of a beautiful appearance without having to deal with all the maintenance.

Board and Batten Siding Problems

Although there aren’t many, this type of siding does have a few disadvantages. However, the board and batten cladding problems are ones that can be overlooked, depending on your budget and how quickly you need the siding installed. The cons include:

It can take a long time to install – There is a high number of board and battens that need to be installed with this type of siding, which is why you’ll need to make sure it’s properly installed. This process can take longer than the usual siding installation process, especially if it’s done right the first time.

It can be expensive – Board and batten can also be more expensive than other styles, mainly because of the extensive installation process. The installation needs to be completed very carefully, which causes it to take longer than other types of siding.

If you don’t mind a slightly higher price than some types of siding and a little bit longer time of installation, board and batten may be the right type for you.

Different Types of Material

Once you decide which style of siding you want: board and batten, dutch lap, clapboard, beaded, shake, or something else entirely, you’ll have to choose the material to use. For board and batten, you have four main options. They include:

Vinyl – Vinyl is typically the cheapest of the materials. It’s still beautiful and highly durable, though, which makes it one of the most popular options for homeowners who are looking to get new siding.

Fiber cement – Fiber cement is another popular siding option because it’s long-lasting, safe, durable, and versatile as well as weather and fire-resistant. It can even be designed to look like other types of siding material, including wood. Compared to wood and steel, fiber cement is cheaper to install. At Legacy Service, we offer only the best fiber cement siding, which is manufactured by James Hardie.

Steel – Although steel is usually more expensive than the other options, it’s one of the longest-lasting and most durable, even when it comes to storm damage. When used for board and batten, steel can come in different colors and be styled to look like wood.

Wood – Wood siding is the cream of the crop in regards to beauty, especially if you’re going for a natural, rustic look. However, it can be susceptible to rot, decay, and disease, especially if termites or moisture find a way in.

Money Savings

Board and Batten Siding Costs

Is board and batten siding expensive? That’s what most homeowners ask us before they make any decisions. Board and batten siding costs different for every customer, depending on the size of your house and the material you choose. If you choose vinyl, you’ll most likely be paying between $2 and $7 per square foot, depending on whether it’s insulated or non-insulated as well as the quality or thickness you choose. During your consultation, we’ll calculate a price range, depending on your wants and needs. Board and batten is currently a very popular style of siding for many reasons. You definitely will not regret it if you choose it for your home.

Let Us Know If You’re Interested in Board and Batten Siding!

Board and batten is visually-appealing, affordable, and durable. What’s there to lose if you choose it for your home? We’ve already described the pros and cons, so if you’re still interested, please contact our team at Legacy Service. We have decades of experience when it comes to installing, replacing, and repairing siding. Our team of experts will take your tastes and preferences to help you design the home exterior you’ve been dreaming of, even if you didn’t even realize it yourself.

At Legacy Service, we offer a variety of siding types, including but not limited to wood and wood shake, vinyl, Everlast, and James Hardie. That’s only the beginning of what we have to offer for the exterior of your home. We also provide services for your roofing, windows, doors, and gutters. To learn more about replacing the siding on your house, whether it’s board and batten or another style, please feel free to give us a call at 215-798-9790 or contact us here.

Posted on Dec 5, 2019 in Roof

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