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What Is Board and Batten Siding?

There are multiple materials you can choose from during your new siding installation with American Way Exteriors. However, you might not have realized that you can create dozens of design options with these materials to fashion the perfect look for your home.

One of the most stylish siding options for your home is board and batten siding—a trendy, modernized version of the timeless exterior look.

Here’s everything you need to know about adding a chic, rustic flair to your home’s exterior with contemporary board and batten siding.

What is Board and Batten Siding?

Traditionally used on barns, board and batten siding has been used for centuries in North America and is associated with rustic, farmhouse style structures.
Board and batten siding is created with vertical siding boards crossed with narrow horizontal strips of siding (battens) at the seams.

Originally, farmers used wooden board and batten siding to seal their home against the elements, but today, this siding style is offered in various materials to add depth, texture, and dimension to your home.

Materials to Achieve Board and Batten Siding


Although wood siding creates the most authentic, realistic board and batten look, this siding selection comes with some disadvantages. Wood, such as cedar clapboard siding, makes your home more susceptible to water damage, mold growth, rot, and pest damage, and it requires significant maintenance to avoid costly repairs.


Vinyl siding is affordable and easy to install, but it’s not very strong, and it has a short lifespan. You’ll frequently need to repair or replace your vinyl siding, which can be an expensive, frustrating hassle.

Fiber Cement

There’s no doubt that durable, long-lasting fiber cement siding is the best option to achieve the board and batten look for your Dayton home. Fiber cement siding is weather-proof, pest-resistant, and fire-resistant, and unlike wood and vinyl siding, it doesn’t require frequent maintenance and repairs.

Since fiber cement siding is versatile and attractive, you can mimic the appearance of other siding options, like wood, to create an authentic, rustic board and batten look.

The Best Option for Board and Batten Siding

James Hardie® fiber cement siding is the perfect option to achieve the board and batten siding trend. Not only does it come with all the benefits of reliable, long-lasting Hardie siding, but you can use these versatile products to create a chic, rustic farmhouse design or even a contemporary, modern look.

Mix and match HardiePanel vertical siding options, like Select Cedarmill, Smooth, and Sierra8, with HardieTrim options, like Rustic Grain Batten Boards or Smooth Batten Boards, to create a flawless board and batten look for your Dayton home.

Benefits of Hardie Board and Batten Siding

Authentic Appearance

Hardie siding is incredibly versatile, so you can use it to mimic the authentic appearance of rustic board and batten wood siding. A mix of vertical and horizontal siding looks great on Farmhouse, Colonial, or Contemporary style homes—all popular home styles in the Dayton area.

Easy Maintenance

Unlike wood and vinyl siding, Hardie Board siding is extremely easy to care for. Since fiber cement siding stands up to wind, rain, hail, and snow, it will rarely need to be repaired, and it only needs to be gently washed twice a year with a garden hose and bristled brush.

Plus, if you choose from the hundreds of baked-on ColorPlus® technology shades, your siding will only need to be repainted every 15 years.


Fiber cement siding is made from cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers, making it incredibly durable and insect-resistant. You’ll never have to worry about woodpeckers, stink bugs, or other pests damaging your beautiful new board and batten siding!

Add Value

Durable, long-lasting fiber Hardie siding already adds unbeatable value to your Dayton home. However, when you add trendy, stylish board and batten siding to your exterior, your home’s value will skyrocket!

Boost Curb Appeal

Hardie board and batten siding is an attractive option that will boost your curb appeal tremendously—whether you’re attempting to interest potential buyers or want to love coming home again.

Board and Batten Siding Installation You Can Count On

Whether you need a siding replacement or you’re simply ready to update your home with a new, modern look, you can be confident in the long-lasting durability of Hardie board and batten siding.

We understand you want to protect your home with quality products and reliable workmanship. As a James Hardie Elite Preferred contractor, we precisely install your siding following James Hardie’s high standards so you can enjoy the full benefits of your industry-leading warranty for years to come.

Learn more about how new fiber cement siding can add eye-catching beauty to your Dayton home!

Read Our Rave Reviews

American Way Exteriors has earned numerous positive reviews for our outstanding service. Read about our customers’ pleasant experiences working with us, then contact us today to learn how we can improve your home with new siding and roofing.

"Jake Preston is amazing! We had wind damage to our roof. Jake assisted us through every step. Making sure we had no unanswered questions. His professionalism and kindness is unmatched. The crew was respectful and detailed oriented. Thank you Jake and American Way!"

Michelle G.

"Replaced the existing siding on my home. Contact and price were discussed thoroughly during the initial discussions. Workers arrived at the scheduled time and were professional in the removal, new installation, cleanup, and onsite conduct. Communication between supervisors, installers and myself was on a daily basis and any issues were addressed immediately. Would not hesitate to use this company again or recommend them."

Beecher R.

"We chose American Way Exteriors to replace our old vinyl siding with Hardie board siding and trim. Throughout the entire process we found the team to be very professional and receptive to our questions about the project. They were constantly in touch with us about when work would start, what to expect each day of the project, and followed up to see if we had concerns. As the project began it was very apparent our house had suffered from poor installation by the builder years ago. The American Way team worked to fix the problems, keeping us well informed along the way. We could not be happier with the finished project both cosmetically and structurally. This is definitely a company we highly recommend exterior projects!"

Kathy G.

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