Roofing battens and changes in British Standard for Slating and Tiling (BS 5534)

10th Jan 2017

BS 5534 battensAt the end of February 2015 the updated changes in British Standard for Slating and Tiling (BS 5534) became mandatory, and here we are 2 years later and still many contractors are using battens which don’t comply with the new standards, in fact quite often they don’t even comply with the old standards.

Of course BS 5534 covers lots more than just battens and being written in technical jargon it can be difficult to understand that’s if you have a copy to read in the first place.

As far as battens go, put simply, the go to batten is the standard 50x25mm batten, stilled called by many the 2"x1"
the trouble is if you order 2"x1" and likely what you will get in N.Ireland, being 50mmx22mm and often Irish or home grown timber, that won’t comply with the old standard never mind the new standards, which require that roofing battens are no less than 25mm thick and of suitable slow grown timber (which means importing it from colder parts of the world)

There are a few effects of thinner weaker battens, such as affecting the strength of your building, and affecting the grip of tile fixings in particular tile clips.

But one of the major points is that under HSE guidelines 25mm is the minimum thickness permitted to be walked on safely, anything less like the 2"x1" batten would be deemed a fragile roof creating a major safety issue for roof worker and raising issues over liability for injuries while working.

Prentice Roofing have used 25mm minimum thickness battens long before these new regulations for this reason and have since September 2014 we have also been using battens with the  BS marking to comply with the new standards.

Just another example of our commitment to Health & safety and the quality of our work and products.



Prentice Roofing work on Lagan Tile instructional videos

December 2016

lagan video imageWhen Lagan Cement Products who make Lagan Tiles wanted to produce instuctional videos for some of their roofing products they asked Prentice Roofing to work with them on the project.

Over the cousre of four days Prentice Roofing staff prepared roofing demonstration rigs at the CITB's facility at Nutts Corner in crumlin, and worked with Lagan Tiles staff and a video production company to film six instruction videos covering the installation of, dry valley system, dry verge system, ventilated dry ridge system, dry hip system and vent tile fitting.

We were flattered to be asked and we think the instuctional videos produced will be a great training aid not only for Lagan Tiles customers but also our own roofing apprentices.

check out the videos here.





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