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Treated Timber Roofing Battens
Roofing Battens, also known as Roofing Lath, are used to provide the initial structure to roofing and/or an extensions, and also serves as the fixing point for roofing materials such as shingles or tiles. Roofing Battens can be placed in specific ways to provide slightly different qualities to your finished roof, for example, use of a Counter Batten System (a grid of battens running in both directions) provides an improvement in ventilation. These Battens are strong and finely finished, with extra treatment applied to withstand outdoor conditions and resist against decay, rot and insect attacks. This protection is approved for a 60 year service life, ensuring maximum protection and long lasting properties.
1.2 meter (4ft)
1.8 meter (6ft) (25mm x 50mm ONLY)
2.4 meter (8ft)
3.6 meter (12ft)
4.8 meter (16ft)
1.2 meter (4ft), 2.4 meter (8ft), 3.6 meter (12ft), 4.8 meter (16ft)
Roofing Battens, Treated Timber
|Timber Batten Size
25 x 38mm
What are counter battens?
Counter battens are wooden strips that are installed vertically over pitched roofs where horizontal tiling battens are attached. They are used to allow rain to run off the tiles and away from the roof.
Do tile roofs need battens?
Most tile manufactures allow direct nailing but not on roofs with a slope greater than 7:12, or on roofs with cold climates where it gets icey.
What are roofing battens made from?
Roofing battens are mainly made from wood but you can get metal, plastic or composite also. Some combine two materials to get the effect they need.
How many battens do I need?
Single lap installations should use 38mm x 25mm batten for 450mm joists and 50mm x 25mm for batten for 600mm joists. Concrete slates require 38mm x 25mm batten for 450mm joist spans.
Do roofing battens rot?
Yes, roofing battens will rot but only at the edges of the roof such as chimneys or verges.
How far apart should battens be?
Battens Should be fixed to rafters set at centres no more than 600mm apart, they should be at least 1.2 meters long.
Are roof battens structural?
Yes, roofing battens are structural. They are also extremely important structural functions in a roof.
Why are roofing battens different colours?
Roofing battens are different colours because the manufactures need to know that it has met necessary standards. The colour is not important, what is important is if it has the BS5534 stamp.
What is a roofing batten?
Battens are laid in-between rafters to secure the roofing felt.
Are roofing battens treated?
Yes, they are treated to be in accordance with BS 8417. Different manufactures use different treatments.