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How Much Does Board And Batten Siding Cost?

National Average
$9,000
Low End
$4,000
High End
$14,000

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Board and batten siding is characterized by a series of alternating board sizes. This type of siding allows for the natural expansion and contraction of your home, which can reduce cracking and other age-related deterioration. Installing new siding will cost between $4,000 and $14,000, but most homeowners pay about $9,000. The square footage of the siding material falls between $0.75 and $10.

Material Costs Per Square Foot

Board and batten materials normally cost between $0.75 and $10 per square foot. Many homeowners choose wood for their siding, but there are a variety of other options. Here’s a look at other popular board and batten materials and their costs:
Board and Batten Prices
MaterialCost Per Sq Ft
Cedar$2.80
Cypress$3 - $21
Wood$3 - $10
Hardie Board/Fiber Cement$0.75 - $5
Aluminum/Steel$3 - $8
Vinyl$2 - $7
Engineered Wood$2 - $5.50

Cedar - $2.80/ sq. ft.

Cedar’s warm looks and simple installation make it a popular siding option. This material is also easy to stain and has a natural resistance to insects and warping. You can expect to pay less for cedar than other types of wood.

Cypress - $3 - $21/ sq. ft.

This type of siding is known for its natural resistance to weather and insects. Cypress is also extremely long-lasting and easy to cut. Installing cypress on a large home will come with a substantial price tag.

Wood - $3 - $10/ sq. ft.

Popular for its aesthetics and long lifespan, wood siding costs between $3 - $10 per square foot and is an easy material to use to fit to the shape of your home. Most types will require regular upkeep to avoid rot, discoloration, and peeling paint. In addition to cedar and cypress, pine, redwood and fir are popular choices.

Fiber Cement (Hardie Board) - $0.75 - $5/ sq. ft.

Fiber cement is a mixture of sand, cement and wood-cellulose. This material is strong, durable and easy to maintain. Its construction makes it heavy and difficult to install. Pros will need special tools to work with the material. Installing additional supports to your home may also be necessary. The popular brand Hardie Board is more expensive than other types, but it may be worth the cost given its appearance and durability.

Aluminum and Steel - $3 - $8/ sq. ft.

Aluminum and steel’s durability and ease of maintenance make them popular choices. You can coat metal siding with vinyl to add texture and color. Dents and difficulty painting are common issues. Metal siding can also rust and corrode without the proper sealant or finish. Metal siding typically costs between $3 - $8 per square foot.

Vinyl - $2 - $7/ sq. ft.

Vinyl is affordable, easy to install and lightweight. It comes in a variety of colors and finishes. Many manufacturers mold their siding to resemble wood. You can expect your vinyl board and batten to last for a minimum of 25 years.

Engineered Wood - $2 - $5.50/ sq. ft.

This type of siding is made from wood chips and a bonding agent. Affordability, simple installation and durability make it a popular option for many homeowners.
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Board & Batten Installation Prices

The labor costs of board and batten installations will run between $1.50 and $2.50 per square foot . This price can vary based on several factors:
  • Size. The scope of your project will determine your material and labor costs. Larger home installations will cost more than smaller siding projects.
  • Home design. Unusual designs require additional cutting and measuring. This increase in labor and materials will raise prices.
  • Type of installation. Laying new material over your old siding will require less labor and cost less. Removing your old siding will involve more work, resulting in a more expensive installation.
  • Quality. Cheaper materials will cost less to purchase and install, but they will require more repairs and upkeep. Fixing problems in the future will come at a higher price.

Reverse Board and Batten

There are two types of board and batten siding: standard and reverse.
Standard. Traditional board and batten siding utilizes larger boards and smaller battens:
Reverse. Reverse board and batten siding uses smaller boards and larger battens:
This type of siding is found in traditional and modern designs. Aesthetics are the primary difference between the reverse and normal. Installation, labor and upkeep prices are similar.
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Other Siding Design Comparisons

Siding comes in a variety of styles. Here’s a look at other popular types:
  • Shiplap - siding is made from panels that slide together. This type of siding is known for its smooth appearance. Unlike board and batten, shiplap is always made from wood and can deteriorate in extreme weather. Ship lap costs will vary, but it’s generally considered a more affordable option.
  • Shingles and shakes - thin, rectangular pieces arranged in overlapping rows. This type of siding comes in a variety of materials, including wood, metal, engineered wood, fiber cement and recycled rubber. Shingle installation and upkeep will make the siding more expensive than board and batten. Visit our Shingle Cost Guide or Shake Cost Guide for more.
  • Clapboard (Bevel) - made from overlapping boards. This style of siding is common in classic and traditional homes. Wood is the most popular clapboard material, but it will come at a higher price than board and batten. The construction of clapboard can also make it an expensive wood siding.
  • Tongue and Groove - connects end-to-end to form a solid wood exterior. Many homeowners use this siding for modern or contemporary homes. It comes in wood, fiber cement, and engineered wood. The aesthetics of this siding will clash with traditional or classic homes than board and batten.
  • Channel - has a one-half-inch overlap that creates a gap between boards. The looks of channel siding are common in rustic aesthetics and can be installed vertically, horizontally and diagonally. This kind of siding helps shed water and can withstand a variety of weather conditions. Similar to board and batten, you can use this siding on a variety of home designs.

Repairs and Maintenance

Most homeowners pay between $300 and $1,000 to repair home siding. It’s best to begin perform maintenance after each season. Here are some ways to keep your siding in great shape:
  • Repair loose boards. Loose boards or battens will let water behind your siding and cause rot and mold growth. Re-nail any loose boards or battens. Be sure to use a headed nail. Finish nails may allow the board to back away from the wall.
    • Note: Do not nail loose aluminum or vinyl siding. These materials have tabs on the side of the panel with nail slots. You may have to remove a j-channel or starter strip to find the nail strip.
  • Seal your battens. Water can gather behind loose battens and cause deterioration. Run weatherproof exterior caulk along the inside edges of your battens to prevent moisture penetration. Be sure to seal the top of your board and battens as well. Leaving gaps below soffits can cause leaks.
  • Repair cracks. Cracks will allow moisture behind your siding and reduce the looks of your home. Use an exterior wood filler to patch small cracks. Hire a pro to repair larger splits.
  • Repaint. Cracked paint can expose your siding to moisture and cause rot or staining. Scrape away old paint, sand any rough edges and wipe the area with a wet rag. Add a primer if necessary and apply your first coat of paint. Some composite and engineered options come with a built-in primer. The average price to paint a home ranges between $1,600 and $4,000. It’s a good idea to talk to a painting pro before beginning the project.
    • Note: Acrylic paints and primers work best with vinyl and aluminum siding.
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FAQs

Is Board and Batten Siding Expensive?

Board and batten siding is considered affordable. It’s important to note that home design and materials are important factors in determining your overall costs. Expensive materials and unusual home designs will increase the costs of installation.

What's Cheaper, Wood Board and Batten or Vinyl Siding?

Vinyl’s construction and simple installation make it more affordable than wood. You can also expect easy maintenance and a variety of looks.

How Much Does CertainTeed Board and Batten Siding Cost?

CertainTeed board and batten ranges between $3.95 and $7.20 per square foot. The size of your home, quality of material and installation are the primary drivers of your costs.

DIY or Hire a Pro

Installing new siding is a difficult job that will require the help of a professional. Hiring a siding pro will help make sure your job is safe, on-time, on-budget, and up to your standards. DIY siding mistakes can lead to expensive problems like leaks, mold and structural damage.
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