Board and batten is natural wood; Horizon uses white
pine. The term “board and batten” refers to
the style of the siding, not necessarily the material. A wooden
strip, called a batten, is nailed over the siding boards where
they meet. Horizon board and batten siding comes unfinished.
Left untreated, the white pine matures to a silvery-gray color
over time. Some people prefer this look rather than staining
to preserve the bright color of the fresh pine or change the
color altogether. The "weathered" gray color is not an indication
of the integrity of the wood.
on the other hand, is an engineered panel type of wooden siding.
It is similar to T1-11, and is textured to look like vertical
boards with wood grain. Horizon includes a paint or stain
with LP SmartSide siding,
and it is the same price as the board and batten.
Unpainted LP SmartSide siding
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing between
these two types of siding. Quality, however, is not one of
them. Board and batten and LP SmartSide
are of comparable longevity, and both are built to the high
standards set at Horizon Structures. The main difference between
them is appearance. Board and batten provides a rustic, natural
look. Since LP SmartSide
comes with paint, it can be matched to existing buildings
and gives a more urbane appearance.
In addition, there are some other minor differences in construction.
Board and batten is built with a post and beam style frame
made of oak. This is the framing best suited for vertical
siding like boards. The frame of a LP SmartSide
building is the traditional wall studs most are probably familiar
with. It is constructed of pine. The kickboards of the stalls
are installed a bit differently depending on the siding as
well. They are both 1” x 8” oak boards, but they
are applied vertically in a board and batten building and
horizontally in a LP SmartSide-sided
building. The windows are another difference. Board and batten
windows are wood framed and are 24” x 28”. The
windows used for LP SmartSide
have a metal frame (available in white or dark brown) and
are 18” x 22”. LP SmartSide
windows also come complete with a screen.
The final difference, and perhaps the deciding factor, to
consider when choosing your siding is location. LP SmartSide
is only constructed and shipped from our main location in
Atglen, Pennsylvania. Board and batten, by contrast, can be
shipped from any of our several workshops throughout the country.
So, even though the buildings themselves are the same price,
LP SmartSide may be
more for customers far from PA due to shipping costs associated
with the longer distance.
Hopefully now you have a better understanding of the differences
and technicalities of the board and batten and LP SmartSide
sidings offered here at Horizon Structures. Whichever you
choose, know that a Horizon building will withstand years
of use to provide an attractive and serviceable addition to
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