Best Look For Old Siding
I have an unusual question..I just took delivery on pine barn siding that has a “V” cut in the center and on the ends of an 8″ wide board. This gives the appearance of boards that are about 3″ wide. My wife feels this is not in keeping with the “real look” of old barns. She did not want the xtra “V” in the center. So is the thinner look barn siding in keeping with older styles or not?
I think thats what we call "car sidding" dont know how it got that name.
I've never seen it on a barn.
I've seen it used on older garages, dont know if it was original or remodel. My BIL has an old chicken coup that has it.
Edited 10/14/2005 3:41 pm ET by DougU
I was under the impression that it was "car siding" because it was used in boxcars. But the real stuff in about 3" thick.--------------
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I think I had heard that at one time.
Its starting to come back to me now.
The best look is the one that pleases you and your wife. What you have is a common interior paneling here that we call 1x8T&G V-groove. but the back side is not center grooved so you can just turn it around.
T&G is not the best way to do siding though. Are you running this vertical or horizontally?
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I am from Tennessee and now live in rural Texas. I have been down south all my life. I have never seen V Groove or car siding on a barn. Perhaps up north.
True, it is called car siding because of extensive oldtime use in railroad cars.
Perhaps you want to use it, but we produced a very authenic barn look by installing a rough sawn plywood vertically and nailing 1 x 2 at 12" o.c. vertically over the joints and in the field. The application mimics what is called board and batten, common in rural buildings to include farm houses. This application is less expensive than true board and batten, which is 1 x 12 base and 1 x 2 battens installed vertically.
I would say that there are probably more barns and rural buildings built prior to 1950 with board and batten siding than any other type or style. Of course, these days most outbuildings have metal siding.
In the upper midwest, car siding is fairly common on old barns, although I think it's usually 8" wide or so boards without a V-groove down the middle.