Without straying too far from their original concepts, designers can adopt various cost-saving measures when specifying timber battens for internal and external applications.

The most obvious option is to choose the least expensive timber species. Here are some choices, ranked from the lowest to highest price per square metre of timber:

  • Spotted Gum
  • Blackbutt
  • Pacific Teak
  • American White Oak
  • Burnt Ash
  • American Black Walnut

Another practical option is to widen the spacing between timber battens. [Note: Unless otherwise stated, all measurements are expressed as Width x Depth.] For example, doubling timber batten spacing from 10 mm to 20 mm will result in approximately 10% savings in the per-square-metre price of 60 mm x 19 mm Spotted Gum battens without drastically affecting the desired aesthetic.

Residential property with vertical battens

To reduce costs without changing the originally planned spacing between timber battens, designers can instead opt to rearrange the orientation of the battens. Sticking with the Spotted Gum example, the same 32 mm x 42 mm batten can be alternatively installed in a 42 mm x 32 mm orientation, meaning more surface space can be covered with fewer battens. This will lead to a nearly 14% reduction in costs (approximately) in the per-square-metre price of the battens.

Applying different coats and finishes to timber battens can also influence final costings. A simple coating of clear oil, for example, can be 16% or so more economical than a water-based lacquer finish per square metre for 60 mm x 19 mm Spotted Gum battens spaced 10 mm apart. More elaborate finishes, such as a wire-brushed texture effect, can make the price disparity even greater.

Interior Timber Battens

Simply deciding to line surfaces with timber battens in smaller dimensions, of course, can radically reduce costs. This would necessarily mean that the designer elects to profile a vertical or horizontal plane with timber battens at a more subdued scale. Consider that 19 mm x 32 mm Spotted Gum battens spaced 10 mm apart cost somewhere around 80% less in terms of price per lineal metre compared to 42 mm x 60 mm timber battens of the same species with identical spacing.

Often overlooked is the somewhat hidden cost of longer installation durations. Modular, prefabricated systems like Concept Click — often with uncomplicated click-on mechanisms—minimise installation time, improve on-site productivity, and lower labor costs for a project. 

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