Nailing cedar board-and-batten siding to furring strips
Hello, I’m planning to replace tired and damaged vinyl siding on my house this spring and am looking for advice on attaching cedar board and batten siding as a replacement.
My plan is currently to install 1.5″ Comfortboard insulation, an artificial rain-screen drainage mat, then horizontal 1×4 furring strips to attach the Alaskan Yellow Cedar board and batten to. I have been unable to find a local building code that specs fastener penetration for cedar board and batten (3/4″ thick boards and approx. 7/8″ thick battens) however I did come across the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association specs that recommend a minimum 1-1/4″ fastener penetration for installation of board and batten.
I had been thinking that 3/4″ penetration with ring nails into the furring scrips would be sufficient but now I’m second guessing. Is there danger of this being not enough nail ‘hold’ for the siding?
Should I consider screws instead of nails?
Or thicker 2×4 or stacked plywood furring strips?
(With the wall thickness already increasing due to the addition of rigid insulation, any addition thickness creates a challenge.)
Any other recommendations?
Thank you for any feedback on this!
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