Roof battens

Date Published

5 September 2022

Document Type




Roofing battens are fundamental to a roof structure and are used in a loadbearing capacity. They are designed to carry the load of slated and tiled roofs as well as imposed loads caused by wind and snow. In addition, they may be required to provide a reasonably secured foothold for roofers while slated and tiled roofs are being covered.

Key Information

Although there are no legal requirements for the quality of roofing battens, BS 5534:2003 + A1:2010 Code of practice for slating and tiling (including shingles) is the standard that sets out specific requirements for roofing battens and includes requirements for grading, species, preservative treatment and marking.

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