Not all roof battens are the same | Marley JB Red

No compromise on safety

There's no need to take a risk. Stock and sell BS 5534 compliant roofing batten for the safety of your customers.

As an essential part of the roof structure, timber roof battens are structurally important, not only to ensure safety and longevity of the roof for the occupant, but also for roofing contractors working on the roof.

With JB Red roof batten the only precision-graded batten on the market, Marley gives you the confidence to sell the most stringently tested batten in the UK. So what are you waiting for? Rely on Red.

Why you can Rely on Red

Precision graded

Only battens that have been pre-graded can be sold as roof battens.

JB Red is precision graded to the millimetre, the only roof batten in the UK to undergo such stringent grading using our dedicated Goldeneye scanning line. The computer-controlled laser scans each length of timber to ensure it meets the performance criteria set out in the UK Building Regulations - BS 5534, whereas many other suppliers rely purely on visual grading.

Ungraded batten has also entered the UK market and it's important to understand that this batten does not comply with BS 5534 and therefore cannot be sold as roofing batten.

Take a look at our grading guide, to check the quality of timber you're selling to customers.

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60-year desired service life

All JB Red timber batten is preservative treated to BS 8417 Use Class 2.

The MicroPro® preservative treatment protects against wood rotting fungi and insects.

The batten is loaded into our vacuum treatment tanks, where the preservative treatment is impregnated into the timber. The red pigment protects the timber and transforms it to give the distinctive and easily identifiable red colour.

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Sustainably sourced and ready to supply

We are picky with the timber we choose. 

Our JB Red roofing battens are sourced from an extensive network of Scandinavian saw mills. All of our timber has full chain of custody and is either PEFC certified to ensure it only comes from managed forests.

With quality paramount, we select slow-grown timber, which gives maximum strength and durability. 

When it comes to the cuts we use, we specifically choose kiln-dried sideboards, eliminating the weaker cuts. This way we know our timber will provide greater stability, and is less likely to distort.

Sustainably Sourced JB Red Timber Battens

Easy to identify

As JB Red timber battens are pre-graded, it reduces the need to visually grade them on-site. The red colour makes them easily identifiable, so it's easier for contractors and building inspectors to know the timber is ready to use.

It also makes it easier for your to know the batten you have in stock is fully graded and compliant for your customers.


Rely On Red | Marley JB Red Roofing Battens

Part of the Marley roof system

Selling all the components of a Marley roof system is an easy way for merchants to give their customers everything they need.

JB Red roof battens are a core component of the roof system, along with our underlays, dry fix accessories, roof tiles and solar panels,

All our products have been designed and tested to work together, backed up by our 15-year Roof System guarantee. Remove the uncertainty of mixing and matching different manufacturers' components and you and your customers will be in safe hands.

Find out more about the Marley Roof System.

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