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Timber or Steel Battens

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A Batten is a small section of timber or steel which provides a means of supporting, positioning or fixing roof cladding and ceiling sheets

  • Tile batten – a batten parallel to the eaves line and at right angles to the rafters to which tiles are fixed.
  • Clipping batten – a batten fixed to the rafters directly behind the fascia. Used for fixing the bottom course of tiles when sarking is not specified.
  • Counter batten – a batten fixed on top of the rafters to allow sarking to sag where ceiling lining (with exposed beams) is used.
  • Tilting batten – a batten fixed to the eaves end of a pitched roof to maintain the roof slope at the eaves course. The fascia board is usually used for this purpose.
  • Wiring batten – an intermediate batten for wiring of tiles.
  • Ceiling Batten – a batten fixed to ceiling joists or the bottom court of trusses to allow the attachment of ceiling sheets.

Roof Battens run perpendicular to, and over the top of the rafters. They are fixed on the outer side of the rafters and are designed as bending members spanning between the rafters and loaded by gravity forces from construction or by wind uplift forces transmitted through the sheeting. While they have a structural function for the overall roof frame, they are principally the support for the roof cover.


ABIS building and pest inspections are conducted to the highest standard by building inspectors with a minimum of 10 years experience together with the highest professional qualifications in their field. ABIS has been in business over 27 years conducting both building and timber pest inspections.

Our highly recommended home inspectors are all long term trusted employees not here today gone tomorrow sub-contractors. ABIS Inspectors are supported by a unique computer aided inspection system and the latest inspection equipment such as high sensitivity thermal cameras costing thousands of dollars that others don’t often have.

When you book a pre-purchase inspection with ABIS, our friendly local (they know the area and are not in a interstate or overseas call centre) staff will make the whole process easy for you. Our Office team make all the arrangements with you, your agent, the vendor, the tenant (if there is one) and you will be sent an email to confirm the inspection time along with a pre-engagement letter which covers the scope of the inspection. Good communication and local knowledge are key to you getting the most out of your building and pest inspection. We are always happy to answer all your questions and you are most welcome to be on site when we do the inspection. Our technology, systems and processes also mean you get your high quality report shortly after your inspection is completed.

And all this for an incredible low price.

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