If you're in the market for a new home, you've probably noticed the wide variety of siding styles that are available. Whether it's brick or log siding or anything in between, each style comes with its own set of advantages and limitations. When it comes to the color, will you be limited by what style of siding you choose? If you're considering board and batten siding for a new home or for your existing one, you'll want to know what colors this siding is available in.
Board and batten siding is available in a wide variety of colors. If you are using real wood siding, you can always stain or paint the siding most any color you choose, depending on the type of wood. And if you're using alternate siding material for your board and batten siding, you'll find that they are available in virtually any color imaginable. The wooden boards that are pre-stained or painted and ready to be hung are available in the following ranges:
- Medium body
- Dark and rich
Now that you know the different ranges of colors for board and batten siding, we'll break them down further. You might be wondering what other materials are used for board and batten siding, and how long board and batten siding should last. To see what our research showed, keep reading.
Board And Batten Siding Color Options
As we mentioned earlier in this post, the material you choose for board and batten siding will dictate the available colors. Vinyl, steel, and fiber cement material can all be painted (more about these types of material below), while wooden boards might be limited.
The wooden board and batten siding materials generally fall into three color categories: light, medium body, and dark and rich.
Lighter colors for board and batten siding covers all the whites and tans. While they lighten up the exterior appearance of your home, colors in this range show dirt and mildew much easier and might need to be cleaned more often.
This color range includes darker tans, lighter reds, and light to medium browns. They will often resemble what you think of when you picture wooden siding. This color doesn't show dirt and grime as easily as lighter colors.
Dark And Rich
Dark and rich colors include darker reds and browns. This range gives your home a more bold look and conceals dirt the best. It's also the best range for absorbing thermal heat in the winter months.
Keeping all of the above in mind, what if you already have board and batten siding but wish to change the color of it? Is this possible?
How To Change The Color
You can certainly change the color of the siding, no matter what material was initially used. It's important to understand, however, that if your board and batten siding is made from actual wood, your color-changing options could be limited.
If the wood used is cedar, cypress, or redwood, that would make painting more difficult. These wood types don't take paint very well, and you're better off stripping and re-staining them. While the variety of colors for stain is more limited than the broad spectrum of paint colors available, you should be able to find one to your liking.
Identifying the type of material is your first step in considering your color options, should you want to change things up a bit.
What Materials Are Board And Batten Available In?
Traditionally, the material that's been used for centuries for board and batten siding has been old fashioned wood. In recent times, other materials have emerged as viable options to wood, some of which require less maintenance and are more affordable.
Steel siding is a more expensive alternative to wooden board and batten siding. But this material lasts the longest and is easier to clean than most any other siding. The cost of steel and the amount of labor makes it less popular than real wood, although steel has become more and more used over the last twenty years.
This material is less expensive than wood or steel. You are also able to mold this material type to resemble almost any other type of siding. It is easier to clean than wood and you won't need to worry about the climate affecting it as much.
Vinyl is the least expensive siding material, which doesn't make it surprising that it's also the one people use the most. It's lightweight, easy and inexpensive to install, and will cost you less per square to install than any other type of material.
Vinyl is also the easiest material to clean and is simple and inexpensive to maintain.
How Long Does Board And Batten Siding Last?
Board and batten siding is a durable option for your home that can last a long time. It can last up to 30 years. However, how long it will last depends on several factors.
The type of climate your siding is exposed to is a consideration as to how long it will last. If your board and batten siding is made with real wooden boards, their life will be decreased if they are exposed to harsh winters and moist springs. Additionally, drastic temperature and humidity changes will constantly expand and contract the boards.
In spite of all of this, the damages caused by climate can be mitigated if you follow routine maintenance.
An annual inspection of your siding is critical no matter the climate. Look for loose or missing nails and replace them. Thoroughly search for rotted wood or mildew spots. Replace boards as necessary.
You'll also want to make sure that your wooden board and batten siding is painted or stained every three to five years. In addition to this, sealing the wood after painting or staining will make it last much longer.
The type of material will certainly factor in how long your board and batten siding will last. Taking the above into consideration, wooden board and batten siding can last upwards of thirty years. If you're using vinyl or steel options, the range of useful life will vary.
Is Board And Batten Siding Expensive?
The cost of board and batten siding will depend on the type of material you choose for the project. Of course, the size of the building will also be a significant factor.
If you're using a traditional wood board and batten siding, expect to pay an estimated $2.80 per square foot for cedar, $7 for cypress, and $3.50 for engineered wood.
Vinyl will cost between $2 and $7 per square foot, and steel can run as much as $9.
Does Board And Batten Make A Room Look Bigger?
While the style of interior walls can have an impact on how big or small the room appears to be, there are more significant factors that weigh in here. The colors, size, and placement of windows, and how the room is accessorized are far more likely to change your perception of the room. Larger windows, hung mirrors, and light colors will increase the perceived size of any room.
Have a small bedroom that you want to look bigger? Check out this article: How To Make A Small Bedroom Look Bigger [9 Great Ideas!]
In this post, you learned that board and batten siding comes in a wide variety of colors. The range of colors will depend upon the actual material used for the siding itself.
We also reviewed the various costs associated with board and batten siding, and how using actual wooden boards with this style costs more than most types of siding. This is due to wood prices and the extensive amount of labor involved with proper board and batten siding installation.
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