Small buying guide for roof battens

There are a few things to keep in mind when buying roof battens. Here you can find out what is important and what is decisive for the price.

Types of execution, residual moisture and special processing

Usually roof battens are either rough sawn or planed. For the construction on the roof, in certain cases, according to DIN, they must have a residual moisture content of less than 20% or 25%.

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Technical drying usually increases the price by a few cents, but is practically standard in the woodworking industry today. Wood with a higher residual moisture content, which first has to dry out, must also be correspondingly oversized, as it contracts during the drying process. Sufficiently dry wood, on the other hand, is cut exactly to size.

Impregnated wood is usually not absolutely necessary for the roof structure or for rear-ventilated facades, but it can be useful in individual cases. Chemical wood protection is even forbidden for roof battens by the DIN.

Bundle acceptance

According to DIN, squared timber may be stored in bundles of a maximum of 10 timbers, usually a bundle today contains 20 linear meters. At many retailers, the price for the running meter is different if it is not bought in bundles.

Prices of selected providers (as of 2013)

Roof battens
technically dried, 24 x 48 mm 0.54 EUR / running meter
technically dried, 24 x 48 mm EUR 0.42 / m²
Roof battens
raw, untreated 38 x 58 mm 0.79 EUR / running meter
impregnated 38 x 58 mm EUR 0.87 / m²

Charges for battens

Depending on whether cross or counter battens are used, the wood consumption is of course very different. The spacing between the battens can also vary significantly from roof to roof, depending on the covering material used. To this end, static aspects must also be taken into account. The costs for the battens must therefore always be determined individually, the main cost factor is the wood, the necessary nails usually only make up a small portion of the cost.