Copper treated battens – the hidden truth

Copper treated battens – the hidden truth

There are banks of information currently circulating within the industry regarding changes to BS 5534:2014 – and quite rightly too. One of the major updates refers to the increased number of fixings which now must be used to hold tiles securely in place; this has contributed to investigations and testing works carried out by S…

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Top marks in quality and safety for SR Timber

Top marks in quality and safety for SR Timber

SR Timber, one of the leading manufacturers of specialist timber construction products such as roofing battens and scaffolding boards, has successfully achieved the ‘Kitemark’ quality stamp from the British Standards Institution (BSI) on the production of its BS 2482 scaffold boards. The internationally recognised quality stamp propels SR Timber into an elite club of some…

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Roofing Racers Tri-umph again!

Roofing Racers Tri-umph again!

Saturday 8th August saw over 13,000 elites and amateurs compete in the world’s largest and most famous triathlon – the London Triathlon. With competitors giving it their all and over 30,000 spectators, all eyes were on our much-loved Roofing Racers, as for the ninth year they once again put on the performance of a lifetime!…

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Cedar Shingles – Making the Best Choice

Cedar Shingles – Making the Best Choice

There are many different types of Western Red Cedar shingles out there on the market, with varying degrees of quality. So how does the buyer and user know what to choose? This article will explain the differences and give some helpful advice in encouraging you to choose Cedar shingles. However, before we do, let’s take…

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Don’t Judge a Batten by its Cover

Don’t Judge a Batten by its Cover

What does it mean when a roofing batten is dyed a fancy colour? The simple answer to that question is: “Not very much”. A batten being a dyed a particular colour does not by itself mean anything – unless there is more information on the batten than merely a coloured surface. There has been a…

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Scaffold Boards Uncovered

Scaffold Boards Uncovered

Isn’t it always the case that we only ever seem to pay attention to something when it goes wrong? The scaffolding industry is no different. Timber scaffold boards are always looked upon as being “OK” until they fail. As well as taking everyone by surprise, people then start looking for someone to blame! In the…

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SR Timber Urges Caution with 100% Safety Claims for Battens

SR Timber Urges Caution with 100% Safety Claims for Battens

100% safety claims for roofing battens are lulling roofers into a false sense of security, warns SR Timber, one of the leading distributors of specialist roofing battens and the renowned ‘Premium Gold’ battens. As the industry has rightfully and successfully educated roofers into understanding that graded battens are much safer than ungraded battens and save…

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Battens – Standards Made Easy

Battens – Standards Made Easy

At the end of my first article about battens, I said that I would try to “de-mystify” the British Standards that batten producers should comply with, in order to produce high quality material such as SR Gold. In fact, there is really only one main Standard that relates directly to battens – and that is BS5534:2014. But…

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The Journey of the Batten

The Journey of the Batten

Just exactly how does a timber roofing batten become a batten that is suitable to use on a roof? This introductory article is intended to illustrate the “journey” that begins with a tree and ends up with a product that is used all over the UK in its tens of thousands every month, and for…

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