Lightweight steel roof battens offer substantial benefits over their timber counterparts. They are straight initially and remain so indefinitely. This is particularly important when some of the almost flat shingle-type tiles are used as these tend to highlight any deviations from exact alignment.
Transport and storage of steel battens is simplified by their top-hat cross section which enables them to be stacked neatly together.
They are also easy to install and can be lapped rather than butt-joined at a rafter.
Steel battens are suitable for use with all types of roof framing.
They are fixed using nails or self-drilling screws to suit the trusses or rafters. Follow the supplier’s instructions regarding correct installation methods.
For tiled roofing, tile battens are usually fixed to the trusses over reflective foil laminate with self-drilling screws. Roof tiles are secured to steel battens with wire clips simply hooked on to the tile batten, following manufacturers’ instructions. Steel tile battens are the lightest, most durable and most effective way to support tiled roofs.
For sheet roofing, the battens are normally fixed directly to the trusses or rafters and insulation blanket placed over the battens before installation of roof sheeting.