How to Install Board and Batten Siding

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Galvanized Nails (a ring shank will hold better and longer)
Board and batten material

A home improvement that could give a lift in its appearance is the installation of a board and batten siding. This kind of siding is done vertically and installed with the use of wide boards normally 6 to 8 inches in width arranged alternately. The seams will be covered with the battens which is usually 2 to 3 inches wide. Installing the board and batten siding is simple to put up and its look gives a traditional appearance. When wood is used, a maintenance to be done yearly is required. Options other than wood is also suggested such as fiber cement and vinyl which require minimal maintenance compared to wood. Here are the materials along with the instructions on how to install board and batten siding.


Step 1-Initial Preparation of the Area

The initial preparation to be done before the installation is to make sure that the outsides of the sheathing are covered in house wrap and windows are snugly sealed. This will prohibit any kind of penetrations in the walls from going through. When wood is used as the siding material, painting the area should be done first to enable only the touch-ups to be done on the ends after the installation. This will save time on the work to be done especially when working on various stories.


Step 2-Board Installation

The second phase of the installation is to start around the corners with a board that has been cut to its proper length. After, lay the board flat on the wall using a level to make sure that the board is tested. Hammer in two nails across the width of the board in even spaces at around 16 to 24-inch intervals running along the length of the board. The rest of the boards should then be installed in the same manner bearing in mind to leave a gap intended for expansions between the boards. It is recommended that a gap of about ¼ inch be allowed if living in the southwest and wood is used but if the homeowner is living in a humid environment such as the eastern seaboard, a gap of ½ inch is recommended.


Step 3-Batten Installation

The final step is to install the battens after the boards have been put up already. The battens should be placed centered over the expansion gaps. A nail should be hammered along the middle of the batten in 12-inch intervals along the length. The one-nail technique will allow the boards to expand and contract freely below the battens without the nails being pulled out. To create a sturdy and strong hold, screws may be used in place of nails although it would increase the cost of the installation as screws cost higher than nails. Battens are used as trim for the corners.


When handlling a power saw to cut boards, practice extreme caution in using it. It is highly recommended to use safety glasses to avoid particles entering the eyes while working.