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Know your options Part 2: Battens 

Here’s a special pair of posts for you! I’ve roped in a couple friends to tell you all about their area of expertise. There are a few things to know if you want to change your roof or are considering how you could get the most out of it. Here are a few tips from some of our partners who collaboratively provide Roofapedia with the hints and tips you see on the site:

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Whether you are building a new house, refurbishing an old property or would just like to replace your old, tired looking roof, you will be making a choice from a wide and diverse range of roof coverings which are currently available on the market.
Your final choice should be based not only on the aesthetics of the roof, and how it matches your property, but also very importantly, on the performance of the roof. Its primary function is to provide a protective and weatherproof covering for your house. That’s why the substrate to which the roof covering is fixed should be chosen correctly. Most people don’t even think about the roofing battens (also called laths) as they are hidden, but they perform vital functions on the roof.
A good roofing contractor will be familiar with sourcing the correct batten and has three choices of material:
1. Factory graded batten – often coloured red, this is batten which has either been mechanically or visually graded at source and is guaranteed to meet all the requirements of the British Standard without any further time-consuming grading on site by the roofing contractor. This also means less waste, making it a very cost-effective option.
2. Part graded batten – the most common type of roofing batten used in the UK. If a high quality timber is sourced, from a reputable manufacturer, the batten normally only requires a final grade on site by the roofing contractor to ensure that it meets the requirements of the British Standard.
3. Ungraded batten – usually home grown species and requiring extensive grading on site to remove any battens with defects. Often sold cheaply, these battens are a false economy as the waste produced by the grading process is very high. Consequently, they are rarely used in UK roofing. Did you know that if a roof is built with poorly graded battens that it wont be covered under warranty because they are weak and vulnerable to failure?
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