How to Install Board & Batten Siding

by Michael Straessle

Board and batten siding has been around for a long time. The most notable advantage for this type of siding is the ability to add insulation between the siding and the outside wall of the house. Patience is the key to installing board and batten siding because it does take a little longer to install. Once it is installed, it guarantees a look that will have passersby admiring the design. The amount of material needed for a specific project will depend on how large the project is. Another item to consider when installing board and batten siding is to seal them before installing them.

Secure the 1 by 2 inch furring strips to the chipboard (or plywood) horizontally with the 1 ¼ inch drywall screws. Install one line of the stripping along the top of the exterior wood, one in the center, and one at the bottom. Cover the entire area that will have the board and batten siding applied to it.

Install insulation between the furring strips if desired. Also, cover the insulation with a vapor barrier (such as Tyvek). Cover insulation and the furring strips.

Install the boards with the 16d finish nails vertically. Drive the nails close to the edges and up to the wood, but do not strike the lumber with the hammer. Use a nail set to drive the nails below the surface of the boards. Try to space the boards evenly, but no less than ½ inch.

Install the battens to cover the space between the vertical boards. Secure them to the boards with the 16d finish nails. When installed properly, the battens should cover the nails driven into the boards.

Caulk should be applied where cracks appear between the battens and the boards. This will prevent rainwater from running between the lumber and ruining the insulation.

Items you will need

  • 1 x 2 inch lumber furring strips
  • 1 by 12 inch lumber (boards)
  • 1 by 3 inch lumber (battens)
  • Skill saw
  • Caulk gun
  • Paintable caulk
  • Screw gun
  • 14 inch coarse thread drywall screws
  • 16d finish nails
  • Hammer
  • Nail set
  • Carpenter’s level

Tips

  • Always wear safety glasses.
  • Cut the tip of the tube of caulk at an angle to create a smooth caulk line.

Warning

  • Do not leave power tools unattended.

About the Author

Michael Straessle has written professionally about the construction industry since 1988. He authored “What a Strange Little Man,” among other books, and his work has appeared in various online publications. Straessle earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in professional/technical writing.