Board and Batten Siding

Board and Batten Siding ~ Parr Lumber

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Board and batten siding is a vertical design created using wide clear or knotty cedar boards spaced apart with narrower boards (battens) covering the joins. There are no set board or batten widths with this cedar siding, but a common combination is 1″x2″ or 1″x3″ battens laid over 1″x10″ or 1″x12″ boards. This can also be reversed with boards installed over battens to create a deep channel effect.

Rough sawn, unseasoned boards or boards surfaced on one side and two edges (S1S2E) are commonly used for board-and-batten wood siding. Sizes range from 1″x2″ to 1″x12″.

Board and Batten Siding Grades

Grades for cedar board and batten exterior siding include Clear Heart, A Clear, C and Better Clear, Select Knotty, Proprietary, and Standard and Better.

Clear Heart
Board and Batten Clear Heart Cedar Siding ~ Parr Lumber
A Clear
Board and Batten A Clear Cedar Siding ~ Parr Lumber
C Clear
Board and Batten C Clear Cedar Siding ~ Parr Lumber
Select Knotty
Board and Batten Select Knotty Cedar Siding ~ Parr Lumber
Board and Batten Proprietary Cedar Siding ~ Parr Lumber
Board and Batten Standard Cedar Siding ~ Parr Lumber
  • Clear Heart
    The highest grade. Includes only pieces with heartwood on the exposed face. Many pieces completely clear, others have minor imperfections that do not detract from their fine appearance.
  • A Clear
    Permits somewhat more imperfections than Clear Heart but the grade is still restricted to pieces with excellent appearance.
  • C and Better Clear
    High quality lumber for use where appearance is important. In addition to interior and exterior trim, lumber of this grade is used for cabinetry, doors, windows and similar applications.
  • Select Knotty
    Knots are sound and tight. Other characteristics are limited so they do not detract from the end use intended.
  • Proprietary
    Graded to the manufacturer’s specifications to meet the intended end use. Boards often represent good value in the no-hole product range.
  • Standard and Better
    Suitable for exterior construction. Occasional pieces may require trimming to yield suitable quality for the intended end use. Typically supplies as S1S2E products. S4S products may require special ordering.

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