Hanging and Staining Board-and-Batten Siding
Hello Green Builders. I’m just days away from hanging board and batten on my renovation and I’m looking for a final opinion on which hanging and staining methods to use.
First, the house: 1000 sq feet in central NH. Single story ranch. 2×4 studs. Closed cell spray foam insulation. 1/2″ plywood sheathing. tyvek.
Boards and battens: Pine. Milled by me on site. Dried 2 years. Averaging 10″ wide. Will be semi-transparent stained.
Now, pretty much everything I’ve read online says that strapping is needed when there is not either horizontal spans between the studs to nail off to OR suitable sheathing to hang from. However, in general people will tell you that strapping is needed for the boards to breath and for ventilation. I’ve also heard that the air space can serve as an additional layer of insulation (which is more compelling). The carpenter that did our structural work said strapping isn’t needed. I’m a DIY homeowner/renovator and my carpentry skills are relatively basic. Adding strapping seems to complicate the installation, especially around windows and doors – I’d prefer to keep things simple if there is little benefit to any added complexity. It also seems like if water did get in, the strapping is more likely to hold it against the house longer compared to a flush installation, IMHO.
Next, even here on GBA/FHB, I see mixed opinions on staining 6 sides vs just the exposed surfaces of the cladding. Staining 6 sides before hanging seems like a major operation in itself, not to mention needing all the boards pre-cut/ripped. I would only want to go through the trouble if it’s really important. Hopefully my wood is dry enough after two years that cupping and shrinking wouldn’t be an issue.
Pages that I’ve been referencing:
Thanks in advance!
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