Board and batten siding is one of the easiest and yet one of the most effective ways of siding your walls. Both board batten wood siding and board batten metal siding makes for a structural sound and thermally controlled home. It mostly consists of using 1x boards that can be pretty wide and then utilizing 1x battens that are a lot narrower to cover the seams. It might sound simplistic but the process and the effects are undeniably beneficial to you and your home.
Proper board and batten installation is all about reinforcing your wall so the board and batten siding dimensions need to be just right. As mentioned, 1x boards are perfect so long as the batten pieces are narrower and of a relative thickness. Many prefer battens that are 2” or 3” but this can be a bit too wide for some homes and it really depends on the dimensions of your home as well.
More importantly you’ll want to make sure that before you do anything you have to strip the wall down to the sheathing. This ensures that the under layers are clean and free from rotting. Only then should you use the hardie board add layers.
As for the nails you will want to use two inch nails and make sure to keep about two to three inches apart from each other. This ensures that the wooden pieces won’t crack. You might want to look into a service provider first so that they can double check on it and ensure you get the best board and batten siding.