Hardie Board and Batten Siding
Rustic-chic Farmhouse design homes are truly stylish and radiate character. Design magazines and online feeds put pictures of this fabulous look before us constantly, confirming it’s the hot trend and inspiring us to indulge. To establish this great look, Hardie Board and Batten siding is used on homes by TeVelde & Co. To achieve the Farmhouse design, wide vertical planks (boards) are joined together by thin vertical strips (battens) to cover the seams.
How Board and Batten Siding Is Used on Homes Today
The Farmhouse look emerged decades ago when farmers used sawmills to cut long boards, and battens were used to make the structure airtight. It was a simple process that produced energy efficient homes and barns.
Today, to achieve the Farmhouse design, Hardie Vertical Panel (boards) are used as the main siding material, and HardieTrim (batten boards) are used as a decorative accent, giving designers room for distinct creativity.
Modern and Traditional homes vary batten spacing, and incorporate additional siding materials or profiles to mix things up a bit and give a splash of modern design and unique personality to homes.
Here are some variations and modern uses of James Hardie Board and Batten siding.
- For a simple yet modern look—If you want the Board and Batten look for your entire home exterior, choose wider spacing to give your home exterior a look that’s not too busy, yet simple, stylish and modern.
- For a contemporary appealing design—Use Board and Batten in conjunction with another siding profile such as HardiePlank® lap siding.
- To create the look of an applied grate—Install a tighter Board and Batten look in the peak of your home exterior.
- To accent your home’s features—Add some gorgeous visual interest to your home exterior by using Board and Batten to create gable detail.
Get Low Maintenance, Durable Board and Batten Siding Materials
Board and Batten siding was made out of wood hundreds of years ago. Today, if we achieved this chic look with wood, it would require high maintenance, and risk termite infestation or water penetration.
For a low maintenance siding solution, choose James Hardie fiber cement siding products to achieve the Farmhouse design. Durable fiber cement will give you pest resistance, water resistance, and almost no maintenance requirements. It stands up to the elements, and it’s so thick that it can mimic the look of woodgrain—without the hassles of wood’s upkeep.
James Hardie’s HardiePanel Vertical Siding
HardiePanel Vertical Siding is the main material used to achieve the Farmhouse look. Customize the color and texture of this gorgeous siding to match your home architecture and style preferences. HardieTrim batten strips can then be applied to achieve the modern look you desire. Boost your curb appeal with this stylish combination that’s sure to satisfy your up-to-date taste.
Steps Involved in the Installation Process
James Hardie siding should never be installed as a DIY project. Here are the steps involved that the pros will take when you hire them for your siding installation.
- Remove old siding—Prepare the home exterior for replacement siding.
- Install HardieWrap Weather Barrier—This provides a balance of water resistance and breathability to protect your home from the weather elements.
- Add fasteners—Corrosion resistant, galvanized or stainless steel fasteners are required.
- Install Hardie Board siding—Detailed attention will be given to the joints between siding boards.
- Apply ColorPlus touchup for a finished look—Extra care will be taken not to use too much paint when touching up after installation.
Avoid Installation Problems by Hiring a Qualified Team
James Hardie fiber cement siding material typically lasts 30-50 years when it’s installed correctly on a home or commercial property. The 30-year warranty is evidence that the manufacturer built this outstanding siding to perform well for decades, giving you confidence in your investment.
Because siding is such a long-term investment, it’s vital you hire an experienced contractor who adheres to the James Hardie protocol for installation. The James Hardie company took the guesswork out of finding a qualified installer by training contractors themselves and then rating them as Preferred contractors or Elite Preferred contractors.
When unqualified or inexperienced contractors install James Hardie siding, problems may occur such as unattractive touch ups. The James Hardie company bakes on color in their controlled factory environment, ensuring it lasts and gives you the best possible look. The problem lies when installation teams apply too much touchup paint (on nails or any slight imperfections on the siding or trim).
If too much paint is applied, it may not be a problem initially, but in time it will fade faster than factory applied paint, and siding may look spotted due to the initial oversaturation of touchup paint. The only remedy for this problem is to repaint the whole home to get even coverage.
When a contractor touches up siding, he should use the right tool for the job to ensure he doesn’t overuse paint. Additionally, the James Hardie company doesn’t allow the use of color matched caulking for touch ups. Caulk weathers at a different pace than siding, so it shouldn’t be used as a touchup.
For the Best Siding Installation Results, Hire a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor
Protect your outstanding 30-year James Hardie warranty on your new siding by hiring a James Hardie Elite Preferred contractor to install it. The professionals at TeVelde and Co. have earned the esteemed Elite Preferred contractor status with the James Hardie company. This ensures homeowners that the training and strict guidelines established by the manufacturer are adhered to during the installation process.
Get the best outcome by entrusting your installation to the proven team at TeVelde and Co., and rest assured your superior siding materials will protect your home with high performance for decades. Take a look at our James Hardie Siding Replacement Guide.