Make Your Board And Batten Ideas Come To Life
- Place An Order For Supplies And Materials, Organize Tools
Prepare for the project by ordering the required supplies and materials. The delivery might take time, so plan ahead before the installation. If you are using local materials, buy the materials early to provide enough time for primer coating before installation.
- Consider Prefinishing Siding Product
In case you’re not buying a prefinished siding item, consider painting or staining your material before installation. You need to prime the backs of the boards before putting them up in case you want to finish them after installation.
If you paint or stain all six sides of the siding boards, it gives the most excellent protection for the boards and may help avoid negative interactions between your weatherproof obstruction (asphalt felt, house wrap, etc.) and extracts and tannins from your siding boards.
Extracts from siding boards, particularly cedar, can corrupt house wraps and their water resistance. If you seal the backside of the siding boards, you can minimize the exposed house wraps.
- Remove Old Siding
First, get rid of the old siding (if present). Utilize a flat shovel, flat pry bar, or something similar to expel old siding and clasp. Replace the weather-resistant barrier once you removed the siding. You have the option to take off the existing weather-resistant barrier, but it makes more sense to remove and replace it.
Check the condition of your exterior wall sheathing. You can remove and replace this also. Typically, this is a bigger work, but maybe preferred in case you want to insulate the wall cavity or replace the sheathing for screw fastening.
- Start Siding Install With Skirt Board
Before installing the skirt board, you can bevel the foot edge of the board employing a 45-degree router bit to assist in directing water away from the wall. After running the router over one corner, you will then reprime and repaint the routered edge. Finally, you can now install the boards as the water table at the base of the wall.
- Install The Siding Boards
Once you have the skirt board and top metal flashing in place, start introducing the sheets of your board and batten siding. You may begin adding boards anywhere along your wall without any issue.
Begin your board installation with a single board. Place the board on top of the skirt board drip blazing gapped slight (1/4″ or so) over the flashing to avoid water wicking up from the drip flashing.
When the board is set in place, utilize a level to plumb the board and then drive fasteners to join it to the wall. Drive fastener heads just flat to dodge clasp divots that can hold water. Keep in mind that fasteners need to get into solid wood.
Proceed to install boards along the wall, cutting them as required to fit around windows or additional obstructions.
- Install Battens
Once you installed the boards and trim pieces, it’s time to install the battens. When securing the battens, utilize a row of single centered fasteners that pass through the crevices between the boards and don’t get into the boards. These fasteners should be long enough to pass 1 – 1 1/2″ into framing or the thickness of your sheathing + 1/4″ in case utilizing screws.
Proceed to install battens. When introducing battens, don’t caulk the horizontal edges of the battens. The battens ought to be snug against the boards, but permit the boards to move beneath the batten in reaction to changes in humidity and temperature.
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