Looking for a way to accent a gable or area of your home? James Hardie board and batten vertical siding is a great way to get a different splash of texture without breaking the budget. Board and Batten siding is produced by a two part installation process. First a four foot by ten foot sheet of James Hardie material is installed on the wall. This is the “board”. We then go through and install one inch by three inch strips of James Hardie trim over top of the sheets. These are the battens.
Compared to other types of accents like shakes and stone, board and batten has a better price point to help with the budget. Having a vertical siding mixed with a horizontal siding can break up large walls so that they don’t look so large. It is available in smooth or woodgrain and in all of James Hardie’s colors.
There are many different ways to install the batten treatment. Batten spacing is one way to change the look. Usually you will want the batten spacing to match the framing spacing so that you can cover the nails that the panels are installed with. This is usually sixteen or twenty-four inches on most Minnesota homes. Another batten treatment would be to install battens that are different colors to match a trim color instead of being the same colors as the panels.