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Vertical Cladding - Board and Batten

Wood cladding (siding) on walls is the first of the 9 different thin-walled substrates which we'll address under the umbrella of special facades. Here we'll familiarise you with the material and the subsequent mounting of fixtures for trellis systems. Note: certain climbing plants can cause structural damage to timber formwork if they grow into cracks or gaps in the wood.


Vertical board/batten siding is a classic form of wood cladding and is in revival as a beloved choice for homeowners. Migrating from its age-old use in Norway and Sweden, in the U.S it is also known as 'barn siding' as barns across the country are built in this style. Narrow strips of wood ('battens') are fastened over the gaps of wider strips of wood ('boards') to create a layered effect which is weathertight and attractive. The base boards are usually 20-24 mm thick, the battens usually significantly narrower, sometimes being more decorative than functional. This kind of panelling is available with or without impregnation/varnish. For mounting cable systems, we recommend the universal drill bit cartridge UB 77777.

Mounting in the Boards

Here, all six installation scenarios (see methods on previous page) are possible, but method 05 (mounting in the outer wall AND the underlying battens) is optimal. With other methods, the points of the cable mounts should lie as close as possible to the substructure, as the cladding is more susceptible to deformation if the attachment point is halfway between two sublayered points. If this is respected, even method 03 (push-through installation) and method 01 (direct installation into the boards) can also be considered; but in this case, the connection points between the baords and the substructure will have to be reinforced with additional screws or nails.

Mounting in the Battens

Mounting your trellis systems into the battens of the wall cladding means, of course, that the distance from the wall increases accordingly. To avoid constraint/stress, battens (lying on top) and the underlying base boards should not, as a rule, be connected to each other. Therefore, installation method 05 (mounting in outer wall *and* laths) is only of limited use here, as the pressing forces generated from above the gap result in a 'de facto' connection of top and bottom elements (batten and board). This method should therefore be considered on a case to case basis. Method 01 (direct mounting in the outer wall) is also possible for small intermediate anchor points.

Board and batten, grapevine
Board-and-batten cladding with grapevine
Board-and-batten paneling with the easiest, very light wire guidance and mounting analogous to method 01, climbing hydrangea
Greened board-and-batten siding
Method 05, wisteria on wood siding
Wood cladding with wisteria
Method 05, apricot
Facade greening with apricot
Method 05, detail to the photo from above, installation in battens
Nailed cladding
Wooden wall with roses
Greenery with roses
Method 03, installation in the battens (cover strips), clematis
Board-and-batten cladding with clematis
Variation 01, clematis
Variation 05, our 'easy' construction style with hops on wooden formwork
Greened wooden formwork
Method 01 - direct assembly in the base board of the paneling
Board and batten cladding - direct fastening