History and advancements of board and batten vinyl siding

Board and batten vinyl siding has been a popular look in the United States for many years, but it has roots in building techniques from Norway and Sweden. By the 1840s, the unique look and easy installation of board and batten made it appealing to homeowners in America, and it had become a popular siding by the 1860s.

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The board and batten system consists of wide boards and small strips of boards. The wide boards are installed vertically rather than horizontally, and the small strips cover the joints between the boards.

The history of board and batten siding

Board and batten siding was originally used to help prevent weathering in log structures. The earliest use saw board and batten attached to log structures with dovetailed corner joints. Soon after that it was used on balloon frame structures. Where buildings meant for agricultural use, such as barns, saw the board and batten nailed directly to the structure, structures meant to be occupied often used a protective building paper or rough sheathing to provide insulation and further protection from the elements.

Board and batten was popular among those who employed the Gothic Revival Style in architecture. Board and batten, along with arched windows and steep gables, was a common sight between 1849 and 1890.

Board and batten vinyl siding advancements

As vinyl siding has become more popular, older styles have been simulated in vinyl to look very much like the real thing. Though traditional wood board and batten is still popular among those who live in historical communities, board and batten vinyl siding has become a more modern choice for many homeowners. Rich wood-grain finishes and colors that mimic the natural texture and color of wood can look just like the real thing, while providing the ease of low maintenance and no painting.

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