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No 1 Roofing & Building Supplies are the premier supplier and stockist of timber and metal roof batten products.


Roof battens are one of those frequently misunderstood and overlooked aspects of house construction. But roof battens perform some incredibly important structural functions to safeguard your roof.

Roof battens:

  • Provide a breathable space allowing any condensation to be eliminated
  • Increase the structural performance of roof truss systems
  • Enable roofing materials to be secured firmly to the roof
  • Assist with correct alignment of roofing sheets

The choice of roof batten material is extremely important as is the design of any batten system.

This is because battens serve to evenly spread load stresses such as wind (uplift and direct loading) and weight across the roof truss system.

Roofs can be subject to enormous forces especially during high wind events and many roofs have failed due to the use of inappropriate fasteners or the incorrect choice of batten material.

It’s important to get the right advice whether you’re replacing a roof or designing a new build.

Treated Pine 38 x 38 Timber Roof Battens




Timber roof battens are the traditional batten material and have successfully stood the test of time.

Timber roof battens are appropriate for all types of roofing including metal and tile but it is important to correctly assess the wind loadings in play in your specific location.

Hardwoods are recommended in high wind areas because fasteners can be ripped out of softer woods.

There is a significant difference too in the amount of pull resistance offered by seasoned wood compared with green wood.

Many people forget that suction or uplift causes considerable wind damage to roofs so it is vitally important that your engineer/designer applies the correct calculations.


Timber battens for metal roofs come in a range of sizes:

  • 75 x 45
  • 90 x 35
  • 90 x 45

Your choice of batten size here will be determined by the weight and span of your metal roof panels.

Each product has different requirements, for example, batten spacing for (0.42BMT) corrugated metal roofing needs to be no more than 1100 mm apart, but batten spacing for 0.48BMT metal roofing can be up to 1600 mm apart.


Timber battens are traditionally used for tile roofs whether you’re using concrete or terracotta tiles.

If you’re re-roofing with tiles you may find that some of the original battens need to be replaced. Timber battens for tile roofs must meet the requirements of AS 1684.2, AS 1684.3 or AS 1720.1.

We supply 38 x 38mm, or 28 x 38mm non-structural timber battens for tile roofs.

The high performance values of steel roof battens means they are an increasingly popular choice for reroofing or for new builds using tile roofs.

Stramit Top Hat 40 are cyclone rated metal roof battens and may be used with concrete or terracotta tiles.



We also supply meyBATTEN which are available as a 65 x 35 in 5.7m lengths specifically designed for use as roof battens.

  • Straight, long lengths
  • Predictable performance
  • H2-S protected against termites
  • Moisture barrier to minimise batten distortion

The meyBATTEN are straighter, less prone to breaking, and have reduced tendency to split at connections.

The meyBATTEN has a genuine moisture barrier to reduce timber distortion whilst exposed to outdoor construction conditions.

The inclusion of a glueline protection against termites provides added security.


Stramit Top Hat Metal Roof Battens



Metal roof battens have been in use in Australia for around 40 years. Metal roof battens may be used with steel or tile cladding.

Metal roof battens may also be used with steel or timber support framing. Metal roof battens offer extraordinary strength to weight values and are lighter than timber battens. Metal roof battens will not warp or rot nor are they subject to insect attack.

However, they are generally a little more expensive than wooden battens. You also have to be very precise with your fastening alignment. And, as with all batten systems, you need to ensure you’re using the right fasteners for the job.

Metal roof battens are usually 40mm high and made from 0.55mm gauge hi-tensile steel. They can nest together to allow for easy storage and handling.

The grooved surface on the top and flanges makes for straightforward non-slip fastener placement and also provide a safer surface for roofers to walk on during installation.


Top hat battens are structural elements used in roofing and walling applications. They come in different sizes and materials, but the most common type are steel battens.

They have a distinctive shape, just like a top hat, which gives them their name. They are mainly used in roofing applications to provide a stable and secure base for metal roofing, cladding or tiles.

22mm Top Hat Roofing Batten Section Detail

They are also used in walling applications to provide additional support and stability to the structure.

Whilst the majority of Top Hat battens are manufactured from TRUECORE® steel or ZINCALUME® steel, there are applications where they can be manufactured from Galvanised steel. These applications can suit garages, sheds and carports.

Click to view our Top Hat Battens Guide.



Roof batten spacing depends on a wide range of factors including:

  • Truss and supporting materials strength
  • Choice of cladding (material, thickness, span)
  • Batten material and dimensions
  • Frequency of foot traffic

The spacing may also vary across specific areas of the roof where loads are usually higher such as corners and roof edges.

Your choice of roof cladding and sheet thickness will also influence the optimal span distances for battens. So Zincalume roof batten spacing may not be the same as Colorbond roof batten spacing.

It is important that you check out the building code requirements for your area and the manufacturer’s specifications for your chosen materials and design.


There are a number of standards that cover the manufacture and use of battens in Australia. These standards include:

Standard Reference
AS 1684.2-2010 Residential Timber Framed Construction Non-cyclonic, this is the standard that covers wind speed areas N1 to N4
AS/NZS1170 Loading Codes– Part 0 to 4 and AS4055 Wind Loading for Housing for N1/N2/N3/N4 wind locations
AS 1526 Foot traffic loads
AS 3566 Determines the type of screw that is to be used in roofing
AS/NZS 1604.4 Pest treatments
AS1397 Galvanising and metallic coatings
1 Timber structures Part 1 Design Methods

These are just some of the standards that apply to the use of battens in Australian housing.

If wading through all of that seems like too much of a headache simply come and talk to the No.1 Roofing and Building experts.

Our friendly advice and expertise is second to none and we’ll make sure you’ve got what you need for your next roofing project.


If you’re laying tiles you’ll probably need to lay sarking or underlay on the roof with the reflective side facing down before you attach your battens.

There is a wide range of insulation blankets and reflective type sarking available for metal roofing.

Your choice here will depend on your roof design and choice of roofing materials as well as what you’re trying to achieve.

For example if you have a roof cavity where you can install thermal insulation then your main focus for using foil backed blanket type products will be to reduce condensation and create a vapour barrier under the roof.

Specific tie-downs may be required for attaching battens to support structures in high wind areas.

Fixing timber battens to timber supports:

When joins are necessary in timber battens ensure that the join meets over a rafter or truss. Plan your batten layout so that joined battens are staggered across the roof.

Use the appropriate fasteners. This is extremely important because using the wrong fasteners may lead to roof failure.

For example it might appear that using 75mm nails to attach a 35mm batten to a rafter would be sufficient.

But according to the table in AS 1684.2-2010 this is insufficient for battens at 900mm centres in a N1 wind speed area.

Avoid any contact between CCA treated timber and steel roofing as this can lead to discolouration and may void the warranty.

Fixing steel battens to timber supports:

A 12 x 40mm timber fixing screw through each flange is the minimum fixing size for fixing steel battens to timber.

Fixing steel battens to steel supports:

M5.5 x 40mm batten zips are usually the minimum fixing size for attaching steel roofing battens to steel beams and supports.

When attaching metal roof battens to the supports pairs of screws should be in line with each other and the supporting rafter.

Most steel battens have a convenient groove on the bottom flange to make inserting screws a simple non-slip process.

It’s important that you avoid contact between metal roof battens and copper.

Copper may be present in hot water overflow piping or downpipes and even the water flowing from this copper could cause serious corrosion issues for your metal roof battens or roof cladding.

Other metals and materials may be incompatible also so keep this in mind when choosing your battens.

And you can always call on the helpful experts at No.1 Roofing and Building Supplies when you need some reliable advice.