A Quick Guide to Installing Board and Batten Siding

Board and batten siding is a very popular style of siding used regularly on farmhouses, cottages, and rustic and rural homes. At first, this unique vertical siding was made of two separate pieces of wood installed over one another.

When sawmills came to the rural United States, homeowners who had previously been battling with ill-fitted log walls made good use of the availability of milled wood. They installed long planks vertically on the walls of their homes, then put thin strips of wood — battens — over the gaps. This would seal the exterior of the home more tightly than old log walls and reduced maintenance.

Today, wood board and batten siding is still used and installed in the same manner. However, wood isn’t always the best material for homes. It’s high maintenance and susceptible to moisture, insect activity, and rot. So, many people who like the look of board and batten siding will choose something that’s easier to maintain, such as TruLog’s steel board and batten siding. 

TruLog board and batten is made of steel panels, rather than individual pieces. This makes installation faster and easier, because the “board” and the “batten” are one piece. It also makes the structure more durable and weather-resistant. The panels are designed to conveniently lock into one another, hiding the screws and giving you a seamless siding solution. 

While this makes the installation process faster and easier, it also makes it different from traditional board and batten. However, as you can see from this video, the installation method can be easily learned for a quick and seamless application.

Installing Board and Batten Siding from TruLog

Board and batten siding from Trulog is easy to install and, once you understand the process and get going, takes less time than installing wood. 

Like other siding, a quality house wrap is recommended for the home, prior to installation. If desired, you can install foam-board insulation prior to putting up the siding. 

Every installation should begin with the edges, including the windows, doors, inside corners, and the top and bottom of the walls. Matching J-channel, L-board, and other finishing and trim pieces are all available in the same texture and color as the siding for a uniform final installation. 

Before you install the first course of siding, make sure that all the edges are completely covered and that the starter strip is covered in a layer of house wrap tape to seal it from the elements 

The steel trim and panels can be cut using metal snips. The trim pieces can be bent around one another on the ends to create a seamless appearance with no sharp edges or visible cuts. 

Like many types of siding, you’ll start installing the board and batten panels from one side. Line up the panel with the edging and use screws to secure it in place on the nailing strip. The next panel will fit over the edge of the previous one, disguising the nailing strip, and lock securely into place. 

Continue, moving from right to left across the installation. Stop at each protrusion in the siding, such as a door or window, measure the panel against the area in question, and remove that section of siding using metal snips. 

Because homes come in many heights, some installations may require a second course to be installed above the first. A transition strip or Z strip is designed for this; it is installed at the top of the first course, covering the top edge and giving a starting point for the next course. Install this transition strip along the top of the first course of siding, then begin the second course in the same manner as the first. 

When you reach the end of your installation, install trim over the ends and around the windows and doors to unify the appearance. To do this, drill a small pilot hole through the panels where you want the trim to be installed.

Place the trim where you want it and use a small trim nail in the pre-drilled holes to secure the trim in place and complete the installation. Corner pieces are used to cover the end of the trim; they slide down over the end trim and lock into place. Use a screw in the bottom to hold it and touch up the trim nails with a little paint so they blend into the rest of the installation.

Create Your Ideal Exterior

Steel board and batten siding is quick and easy to install. It’s not only more durable and lower in maintenance than wood; it’s also easier to install. Be sure to watch the above video for a full understanding of the process, and get more from your siding installations. 

Contact Trulog today for more information on a better board and batten siding solution.

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