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What is the Average Cost of Board and Batten Siding?

When people dream of building their very own custom cottage, they often envision styles that include board and batten siding. The clean lines of the board and batten siding architectural style is popular enough with enthusiasts to often boost selling prices of homes. Larger homes with detached garages or nearby guest houses also look polished when every outbuilding is uniformly adorned with this time-honored form of siding. This type of siding lends a rustic look to traditional, country homes that denotes the quality construction of yesteryear and the materials that age gracefully amid nature. Here are some specifics on the cost, types of materials, and the common advantages and disadvantages associated with board and batten siding.

The Costs 

  • The average minimum cost is $2.05 per board.
  • The average maximum cost is $2.38 per board.

Although generally thought to be relatively affordable compared to other siding options, the cost of siding using boards and battens vary according to style, type of materials used and contracted labor for installation. For instance, some homeowners opt to inject their own personal style into their siding choice by selecting boards or battens that are wider or narrower than conventional board and batten siding. The most cost-effective way of achieving these custom looks is by adjusting the size of the battens which are normally an average size of two inches in width. Besides style options, the type of material chosen affects the cost of a board-and-batten siding project. For instance, homeowners on a budget can choose plywood, pine or fir boards as an economical option while those who are willing to invest in higher-quality features for their home choose cedar or redwood. The third factor that impacts the cost of a siding project is installation support. While competition among installers helps keep prices from becoming unreasonably high, homeowners incur legitimate cost increases when installers must do extra work like remove old siding.

Besides the boards, other material costs include those of the battens, nails, weather-proofing materials, mounting blocks, soffits and fascia. The cost of the battens depend on the quality of the wood chosen and can range from $.83 to $3 per square foot. The rest of the materials listed are necessary albeit secondary items that cost about $1.50 a square foot.

Wood is not the only primary material for siding made using the board and batten style. Vinyl and engineered wood are two other types of materials used for board and batten siding projects. These two options tend to be less expensive than their real wood counterparts in terms of both material and labor costs.


Wood structures and architectural features wear only moderately well without initial treatment and regular maintenance. Some of the most common types of materials chosen by homeowners used for board and batten siding are pine, hemlock, locust and white oak while other homeowners decide to use cedar or redwood. Besides appearance, people normally choose their wood siding options according to the material's market price, durability and maintenance costs.

It is not only board and batten siding that requires shielding from the elements. The nails and fasteners used to install the siding also must resist corrosion and be rust proof. To avoid degraded quality of the siding as well as unsightly staining of the wood materials, installers must choose nails and fasteners that are able to withstand harsh weather conditions. Many reputable installers use nails made of stainless steel, high tensile strength aluminum or hot-dipped galvanized metal. These installers know through experience which nails can negatively react to certain wood products.

Other popular material options that homeowners choose for their board and batten siding projects are vinyl and engineered wood. Due to scientific improvements to materials, builders now have many siding alternatives of both an organic and synthetic nature. The vinyl used for board-and-batten siding projects are specially molded to look like popular wood grains that include cedar. The engineered wood boards used for board-and-batten siding projects are made from wood chips and commercial adhesives that are created using intensive heat. Both vinyl and engineered wood receive praise from builders and siding installers because of their light weight, ease of installation and affordability. Engineered wood board-and-batten siding planks often come to the job site prefinished and weather treated; also, they are usually guaranteed to last for at least 25 years. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of Board and Batten Siding

The intangible benefits that homeowners experience by having board-and-batten siding as their home's covering is often strong inducement enough for having the siding installed on their country cottages, barns, guest houses and other rustic dwellings. Once they have decided on this siding option, homeowners have a myriad of choices for materials. These material choices of real wood, engineered wood and vinyl present the best examples of advantages and disadvantages associated with board-and-batten siding.

Real wood is a versatile material choice for board-and-batten siding styles because it is easily cut to specifications and installed. Homeowners are able to have the boards installed vertically or horizontally, depending on their personal tastes and preferences. If the siding is prepared and installed properly, experts say that the beautiful home covering will last for many years. Ease of maintenance is another plus for homeowners who consider using real wood for board and batten siding. When boards or battens wear away or become missing for whatever reason, replacement boards that are properly treated can be cut to specifications and easily installed. Homeowners who choose high-quality wood and professional installation gain the full advantages associated with real wood board and batten siding.

Some challenges associated with using real wood for board and batten siding include most wood's propensity to rot and become food for insect pests. Most untreated wood species eventually rot when left out in the weather unless they are actually still rooted to the ground as trees. Most exterior structures using wood, however, must be treated to last beyond a decade of use. Also, the structures must be initially and periodically treated for pests such as termites.

The main advantage of vinyl board and batten siding is its immunity to rot and pests due to its inorganic properties. Additional colors are also becoming readily available for modern home styles, and the vinyl molded styles can match the detail of handcrafted wood due to improvements in building technology. The main disadvantages of using vinyl material for board and batten siding include its somewhat degraded level of durability compared to real wood and its impacts on the environment at disposal. The vinyl is susceptible to cracking because of its regular exposure to the sun's powerful ultraviolet light, and the cracked vinyl can end up in landfills. Environmentally-conscious builders seek out recycling options for the old vinyl, so that the material can be used again in other building projects or in businesses operating in other industries.

Last updated on May 9, 2016

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