Board and Batten Siding for Your Modern Farmhouse

Board and batten siding is not a new concept, but it has become exceedingly popular in the last few years as part of the “modern farmhouse” aesthetic. But what makes this style so appealing? Is it merely cosmetic, or does it serve a function as well? 

What is Board and Batten Siding?

Board and batten is a simple but effective architectural technique that has its roots in Scandinavia. Traditionally, wide wooden planks, or boards, were erected vertically. The seams were then covered with thinner strips of wood, known today as “battens.” A batten was, historically, a strip of iron used to secure hatchways aboard a ship when a storm was coming. Sailors would call out the command, “batten down the hatches!” It has since evolved to denote a strip of wood or other material to secure vertical panels. 

Etymology aside, the board and batten style became popular in the US in the mid-1800s. At that time, Norway was experiencing a devastating potato famine, leading many to immigrate to the United States. It is a fair assumption that these immigrants brought the board and batten building technique with them. It gained in popularity due to both its charm and efficacy against the cold.

In its first iterations, the board and batten building design was primarily applied to barns and cabins. The panels were much cheaper and easier to maneuver than the heavy logs that had been used previously. 

Today, board and batten siding has become a staple in modern farmhouse exteriors. It is available through ABC Seamless of Nebraska in a variety of materials and colors, allowing homeowners to customize their look even further. 

Advantages to Board and Batten Siding 

Unique Design

Board and batten siding is also known as vertical siding. This automatically distinguishes it from the vast majority of other siding, which is laid horizontally over the home’s facade. Vertical siding is further separated from the crowd by the battens, which seal the seams and can give the home a more “finished” look. 

Close-up of vertical board and batten siding (left) versus vinyl horizontal siding (right).

Rustic Yet Modern Appeal

Board and batten siding brings a timeless, rustic charm to your home while also giving it a modern, Scandi appeal. It embodies “modern farmhouse,” with nods to both new and old. 


While we frequently associate board and batten siding with the modern farmhouse trend, the design is certainly not limited to this aesthetic. One of the standout features of board and batten siding is its adaptability. Its simplicity and universal appeal mean it integrates easily into all sorts of architectural styles. Homeowners can choose from a wide array of materials, colors, textures, and widths to suit their design goals

Durability and Weather Resistance

The construction of board and batten siding provides an extra layer of protection against the elements. When installed correctly, it can withstand harsh weather conditions, protecting your home from UV damage, rain, wind, and snow. 

Added Home Value

In some cases, your board and batten siding may lead to a higher sale price. A study by Zillow in 2020 and 2021 found that homes that incorporated modern farmhouse features, such as board and batten siding, sold for as much as 3% more. Of course, this was four years ago, and home trends do change. Nonetheless, the universal curb appeal of board and batten is likely to attract more buyers at a higher price. 

Board and Batten Siding Material Options

Board and batten siding can be crafted from a variety of materials, each offering unique benefits and considerations:


Traditional and warm, wooden board and batten siding exude a natural appeal. Wooden siding in general, however, requires significantly more maintenance. It is prone to rot, pests, warping, shrinking, and cracking, among other things. You will also need to frequently treat and repaint wooden siding. That being said, the authenticity it boasts may be worth it to many homeowners who don’t mind the upkeep. 


Vinyl board and batten is a low-maintenance and affordable alternative to wooden siding. High quality versions can even successfully mimic the appearance of natural wood without the price tag and frequent repairs of the real thing. One thing to keep in mind with vinyl is that, although it is less maintenance than wood, it can still fade and crack. 

Fiber Cement

A durable and fire-resistant option, fiber cement board and batten siding provides the look of wood without the risks and maintenance associated with wood. It is also much thicker than vinyl siding, which means it is far less susceptible to fading and breakage. Keep in mind, however, that fiber cement siding can be more expensive than other types of siding, and you will still need to repaint it at least every ten years. 

Metal & Steel

Metal board and batten siding takes the concept to the next level. ABC Seamless of Nebraska offers a combination of durability, longevity, and modern aesthetics. Here’s why it stands out:

  1. Unparalleled Longevity: metal siding, which is usually made from aluminum or steel, boasts exceptional durability. It resists rot, pests, and deterioration, ensuring your home’s exterior remains intact for years to come. 
  2. Low Maintenance: metal & steel siding requires minimal maintenance, making it an ideal choice for homeowners who want to enjoy the benefits of board and batten without the hassle of constant upkeep. It is not subject to cracking or breaking, as with vinyl siding, and you will not need to repaint it as you would with fiber cement.
  3. Cost Effective: aluminum, steel and other metals are fairly inexpensive compared to other types of materials. 
  4. Sustainability: aluminum and steel are 100% recyclable, making them an eco-friendly choice. Vinyl, on the other hand, is much more difficult to recycle and can only be repurposed into other vinyl products.  

Special Considerations of Board and Batten Siding

Board and batten siding is beautiful and functional, but there are a couple things you will want to consider before you choose this option:

  1. Expense: while metal and vinyl board and batten siding are relatively inexpensive compared to other materials, the installation of this style takes a lot of work. This can mean a higher price tag overall than with more traditional, horizontal siding. 
  1. Installation quality: not all siding companies are created equal. If you decide to install board and batten siding, you want to hire a professional who has specific experience with this style. It needs to be done correctly in order to avoid structural issues, premature damage, and unsightly errors. Be sure to thoroughly research a contractor beforehand to ensure they have the experience required. 

Board and Batten Siding Nebraska

ABC of Nebraska is Nebraska’s premier metal & steel siding company. We specialize in all types of styles, including board and batten vertical siding. Our highly skilled professionals prioritize quality and customer service. Call or go online today to get started. 

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