Instructions for attaching roof battens

Covering the roof is in and of itself not a complicated task that can also be carried out by a layperson. However, it is important to work extremely carefully and to proceed correctly - even small mistakes in the roof can lead to leaks with serious consequences for the entire building. You can read here how to install the roof battens.

Background information

The roofing material will later be attached to the roof battens. Therefore, when installing the roof battens, it is particularly important that they are attached extremely precisely and correctly attached. The distances are also of great importance as they are decisive for the load-bearing capacity and the tightness of the roof. So you need to be very careful here.

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The fall protection

You can still work from the scaffolding for the lower parts of the roof battens, but then you will inevitably have to go to the roof. You should therefore not only have a head for heights, but also properly secure yourself against falling. There are also tried and tested rules and instructions that you should follow as closely as possible.

Material and fairs

In the somewhat unsafe position on the roof, if you are not a roofer, you still have to measure and work very precisely. There are a few tips and tricks for doing this, which you can find in the instructions below. When working with the lowest batten, you start at the eaves, from there you work your way up.

Step-by-step instructions for attaching the roof battens

  • Roof battens
  • Nails at least 3 times the thickness of the battens
  • Fall protection
  • hammer
  • Tape measure or folding rule
  • Angle and spirit level
  • saw

1. Attach the first batten

Secure yourself against a possible fall in accordance with the regulations, even if you are still working from a possibly existing scaffolding for the first batten. In the tips you will find a complete guide for a professional backup.

Now attach the first batten to the eaves. Measure several times with the spirit level and make sure that the roof batten is exactly straight and is securely attached.

2. Build spacers

Then measure pieces of wood in the exact length of the lath spacing, which results from the roofing material used. Saw the pieces of wood very precisely to this length. Then you only need to put the pieces of wood on the first batten and you can mount the next batten over it.

3. Complete the battens

In the same way, you then finish the battens for the entire roof until you have reached the ridge. Use the already laid battens as a ladder.

Tips & Tricks A complete guide to fall protection and all applicable regulations can be found at this link: // www.wuerth.de / web / media / downloads / pdf / meinwuerth_1 / downloadcenter / broschueren / fall protection.pdf