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Recommendations on Using Roof Battens for Fencing

Postby maley63 » Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:15 pm

I am looking at putting up fencing using Roof Battens. I think this looks better than putting up cheap fencing.

Roof Batten Types
I have come across
    'Blue Treated Timber Roofing Batten' at £0.54
    'Treated Counter Batten' at £0.48 (which has 'High Pressure treated with Tanalith 'E')
    Rough sawn Whitewood Roof battens
    Planned Smooth Timber
    Planned Smooth Timber - Softwood

Can anyone recommend what type of Roof Battens that I should use please?
The plan would be to paint these before assembling.

I went into B&Q today and thought 34mm width was too small and preferred 44mm width.

I have read that
Please also note the 25mm x 50mm is a nominal thickness, the final thickness will be closer to 22mm x 45mm. Treatment colour may vary

Due to this, should I be looking for 50mm width battons?

Fence Posts
Plan is to fence my back wall and space the posts to ~1.8m.
Hopefully I can secure Battens at 3.6m in length.
Posts will be 8ft in length and 90x90mm.
If I go with thicker battons should I increase the size of the posts?

Thank you in advance
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Simply Build It

Postby tommygun » Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:48 pm

How wide is your fence? I just did a batten fence this weekend. 10m wide. I used 19x38x3.6 battens, using the 19mm width to measure spacing between battens. For a 10m wide fence, I sunk 6 100x100x2400 posts in with postcrete and secured the battens with 50mm nails. For 10 meters I used whole 3.6m battens from the outside in. Leaving the middle posts at roughly 2.8 meters. Out of the 110 battens I had 6 left over. Fence looks amazing.
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Postby gleepy » Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:46 pm

Hi maley63,
What did you end up using?

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