Timber Click-on Battens Tech Info

This page includes comprehensive technical information on our Timber Click-on Batten system. To find specific data, use the menu on the right.

Timber

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Typical Wall Setup

Sculptform - typical wall setup

Typical Suspended Ceiling Setup

Mounting track centres

Timber ≤ 600mm, Aluminium ≤1200mm for batten rigidity. Refer to weight-base span chart below.

The spans above consider the rigidity of the batten member only. They do not consider project specific engineering requirements such as wind load, seismic load, and other imposed actions. It is required that a qualified engineer reviews the design prior to construction.

Span Chart

Max allowable weight per square metre (Kg/m²)

Top Cross Rail Centres
Mounting Track Centres 600mm 900mm 1200mm
600mm 154 96 67
900mm 60 19 9
1200mm 25

 

Please note:
  • The data within these span tables are indicative only, and doesn’t account for project or site specific performance requirements.
  • It is recommended that you have a qualified engineer to verify the design against the Engineering Specification for the project, prior to construction.
  • The capacities, material properties and core engineering assumptions behind these values are contained within the Product Technical Datasheet.
  • Your Click-on Batten weight can be estimated on our Price & Spec tool.
Technical Datasheet

For more details around connection capacities, section and material properties and other engineering data download our Technical Datasheet.

Download Technical Datasheet

Suspended Ceiling Services

Services which integrate into our suspended ceiling system must not exceed 3kg/m². Weights of over 3kg/m² must be self-supporting.

Learn more about how to detail integrated lighting into our Click-on Battens system in our guide here. 

Curved Walls

Sculptform Click-on Battens curved wall

Curved walls are simple with the Click-on Batten system due to the specially designed curving mounting track. Depending on the width of the batten used, different minimum radii can be achieved (see below).

Batten Width Minimum Convex Radius Minimum Concave Radius
22mm 300mm 400mm
32mm 300mm 400mm
42mm 300mm 600mm
60mm 500mm 1200mm

 

Example Specification

Use the following table as a guide when creating your specification for Sculptform Click-on Battens. The details on this page will guide you through the range of species, coatings and profile sizes we have available. Our online Price & Spec tool can also create your complete specification and provide you with pricing in minutes.

Product Name Sculptform Click-on Battens
Material Timber – Spotted Gum
Batten Coating Clear Poly
Batten Size (s) 32×60, 32×32, 42x19mm
Sequence 32×60, 32×32, 42×19 repeating
Spacing between battens 15mm
Mounting Track Type Standard
Mounting Track Colour Black
Acoustic Backing Black
Profiles and Sizes
Click-on Battens are available in the following sizes in Block, Flute and Dome profiles. For larger projects, custom sizes and profiles can be created. Contact us on 1800 008 828 for more information.
Block

Sculptform Click-on Batten Block profiles

 

Dome

Sculptform Click-on Batten Dome profiles

*32x19mm, 42x32mm and 60x32mm profiles not available in Banjo Pine.

 

Flute

Sculptform Click-on Batten Flute profiles

*32x19mm, 42x19mm and 60x19mm profiles not available in Banjo Pine.

 

Species and Coatings

Please note - Timber is a natural material and colour variations are inevitable. We’ve prepared an article to help you understand how it all works - you can read it here.

For help choosing the right timber coating for your application, read our detailed guide here.

Colours are reproduced as accurately as possible, we recommend that you request product samples before final selection. Whilst our products are produced as consistently as possible, each species has their own natural variations of colour, features and characteristics. Product samples may or may not fully reflect the colour variation that will occur on the project.

Request a sample

Interior only Interior / exterior
Sculptform Spotted Gum Raw Spotted Gum

Interior / exterior
Sculptform Spotted Gum Raw Raw
Interior / exterior
Spotted gum clear oil Clear Oil
Interior Only
Spotted Gum Clear Poly Clear Poly
Interior / exterior
Spotted Gum ultraclear enviropro Ultraclear Enviropro
Interior / exterior
Spotted gum light oak enviropro Light Oak Enviropro
Interior Only
Spotted gum Rubio creamy white Creamy White Rubio
Interior Only
Spotted gum Rubio whitewash Whitewash Rubio
Interior Only
Spotted gum Rubio grey wash Greywash Rubio
Interior Only
Spotted gum Rubio weathered silver Weathered Silver Rubio
Interior Only
Spotted Gum Rubio Natural Natural Rubio
Interior Only
Spotted gum Rubio Pale Grey Pale Grey Rubio
Interior Only
Spotted gum Rubio beige Beige Rubio
Interior Only
Spotted gum Rubio clear Clear Rubio
Interior Only
Spotted gum Rubio Dark Grey Dark Grey Rubio
Interior Only
Spotted Gum Rubio Olive Olive Rubio
Interior Only
Spooted gum Rubio Chocolate Chocolate Rubio
Interior Only
Spotted gum Rubio mid black Mid Black Rubio
Sculptform Blackbutt Raw Blackbutt

Interior / exterior
Sculptform Blackbutt Raw Raw
Interior / exterior
Blackbutt clear oil Clear Oil
Interior Only
Blackbutt clear poly Clear Poly
Interior / exterior
Blackbutt ultraclear enviropro Ultraclear Enviropro
Interior / exterior
Blackbutt light oak enviropro Light Oak Enviropro
Interior Only
Blackbutt Rubio Creamy White Creamy White Rubio
Interior Only
Blackbutt Rubio whitewash Whitewash Rubio
Interior Only
Blackbutt Rubio greywash Greywash Rubio
Interior Only
Blackbutt Rubio weathered silver Weathered Silver Rubio
Interior Only
Blackbutt Rubio natural Natural Rubio
Interior Only
Blackbutt Rubio pale grey Pale Grey Rubio
Interior Only
Blackbutt Rubio beige Beige Rubio
Interior Only
Blackbutt Rubio clear Clear Rubio
Interior Only
Blackbutt Rubio dark grey Dark Grey Rubio
Interior Only
Blackbutt Rubio Olive Olive Rubio
Interior Only
Blackbutt Rubio Chocolate Chocolate Rubio
Interior Only
Blackbutt Rubio Mid Black Mid Black Rubio
Sculptform White Oak Raw White Oak

Interior Only
Sculptform White Oak Raw Raw
Interior Only
White oak clear oil Clear Oil
Interior Only
White oak Clear Poly Clear Poly
Interior Only
White oak Ultraclear enviropro Ultraclear Enviropro
Interior Only
White oak light oak enviropro Light Oak Enviropro
Interior Only
White oak Rubio creamy white Creamy White Rubio
Interior Only
White oak Rubio Whitewash Whitewash Rubio
Interior Only
White oak Rubio natural Natural Rubio
Interior Only
White oak Rubio greywash Greywash Rubio
Interior Only
White oak Rubio weathered silver Weathered Silver Rubio
Interior Only
White oak Rubio pale grey Pale Grey Rubio
Interior Only
White oak Rubio beige Beige Rubio
Interior Only
White oak Rubio clear Clear Rubio
Interior Only
White Oak Rubio Olive Olive Rubio
Interior Only
White oak Rubio dark grey Dark Grey Rubio
Interior Only
White oak Rubio Chocolate Chocolate Rubio
Interior Only
White oak Rubio mid black Mid Black Rubio
Sculptform Vic Ash Raw Vic Ash - Limited Availability*

Interior Only
Sculptform Vic Ash Raw Raw
Interior Only
Vic Ash Clear oil Clear Oil
Interior Only
Vic Ash clear poly Clear Poly
Interior Only
Vic Ash ultraclear enviropro Ultraclear Enviropro
Interior Only
Vic Ash Light oak enviropro Light Oak Enviropro
Interior Only
Vic Ash Rubio creamy white Creamy White Rubio
Interior Only
Vic Ash Rubio whitewash Whitewash Rubio
Interior Only
Vic Ash Rubio grey wash Greywash Rubio
Interior Only
Vic Ash Rubio weathered silver Weathered Silver Rubio
Interior Only
Vic Ash Rubio Natural Natural Rubio
Interior Only
Vic Ash Rubio pale grey Pale Grey Rubio
Interior Only
Vic Ash Rubio Beige Beige Rubio
Interior Only
Vic Ash Rubio clear Clear Rubio
Interior Only
Vic Ash Rubio Dark Grey Dark Grey Rubio
Interior Only
Vic Ash Rubio olive Olive Rubio
Interior Only
Vic Ash Rubio Chocolate Chocolate Rubio
Interior Only
Vic Ash Rubio mid black Mid Black Rubio
Sculptform Banjo Pine Raw Banjo Pine

Interior Only
Sculptform Banjo Pine Raw Raw
Interior Only
Banjo pine clear oil Clear Oil
Interior Only
Banjo pine clear poly Clear Poly
Interior Only
Banjo Pine Ultraclear enviropro Ultraclear Enviropro
Interior Only
Banjo pine light oak enviropro Light Oak Enviropro
Interior Only
Banjo pine Rubio creamy white Creamy White Rubio
Interior Only
Banjo pine Rubio whitewash Whitewash Rubio
Interior Only
Banjo pine Rubio greywash Greywash Rubio
Interior Only
Banjo Pine weathered silver Weathered Silver Rubio
Interior Only
Banjo Pine Rubio natural Natural Rubio
Interior Only
Banjo Pine Rubio pale grey Pale Grey Rubio
Interior Only
Banjo pine Rubio beige Beige Rubio
Interior Only
Banjo Pine Rubio clear Clear Rubio
Interior Only
Banjo Pine Rubio dark grey Dark Grey Rubio
Interior Only
Banjo pine Rubio olive Olive Rubio
Interior Only
Banjo pine Rubio chocolate Chocolate Rubio
Interior Only
Banjo pine Rubio black Mid Black Rubio
Timber Species Usage

All timbers recommended for exterior use are Durability Class 1 (AS 5604), ensuring peace of mind that the timber will remain durable for a minimum of 40 years.

Timber Species Interior Use Exterior Use
Spotted Gum Yes Yes
Blackbutt Yes Yes
White Oak Yes
Vic Ash Yes
Banjo Pine Yes
Batten Weights
Species Density
Banjo Pine 530kg/m³
Blackbutt 880kg/m³
Spotted Gum 990kg/m³
Vic Ash 660kg/m³
White Oak 755kg/m³
Sustainable Timber Certification
Timber Species FSC® PEFC® / Responsible Wood®
Spotted Gum Not Available On Request
Blackbutt Not Available On Request (selected sizes only)
White Oak On Request Not Available
Vic Ash Not Available On Request
Banjo Pine On Request On Request

* FSC and PEFC timber may have longer lead times. 

Download FSC Certificate   Download PEFC Certificate

Read more about timber certification in our article ‘Why use Sustainable Timber?

Mounting Track Types
Mounting track is available in four different options, each suiting a particular application.

Standard mounting track

Standard Track

45mm wide x 25mm deep

Suitable for interior and exterior applications. Features a specially designed groove for acoustic backing.

Note: Screw fixing to suit substrate not supplied by Sculptform. Recommended screw fixing centres: 600mm Interior / 450mm Exterior

 

Exterior mounting track

Slim Track

25mm wide x 25mm deep

Designed for exterior applications when no acoustic backing is required. Streamlined for water drainage with a sleek look. Can also be used for interiors when no acoustic backing is required.

Note: Screw fixing to suit substrate not supplied by Sculptform. 10g x 50-75mm pan head screw required. Recommended screw fixing centres: 600mm Interior / 450mm Exterior

 

Curving track

Curving Track

45mm wide x 17mm deep

Supplied to site flexible and used to curve around the existing form.

Note: Screw fixing to suit substrate not supplied by Sculptform. Recommended screw fixing centres: 300mm Interior / 200mm Exterior

Suspended Ceiling Track

45mm wide x 32mm deep

Only suitable for suspended ceilings. Hangers and TCR not included. Designed to snap into standard suspended ceiling systems and replaces the furring channel.

Note: Sculptform supplies the Mounting Track and Mounting Track to TCR Connector Clip. Top Cross Rail and Hangers not provided by Sculptform.

Acoustic Backing

Our Acoustic backing panels are Group 1 fire rated and can be incorporated into our system to not only be a great acoustic solution but also replaces the need to plaster and paint a wall or ceiling behind the battens, saving time and money. Download our data sheet here for more info.

Available Colours Standard Sheet Size Thickness Acoustic Properties
Black
White
585 x 2440mm
(to suit 600mm mounting track spacing)1185 x 2440mm
(to suit 1200mm mounting track spacing)
7mm NRC 0.4 (when using 90mm air cavity)

*To see the acoustic performance of a specific design, use our Price & Spec tool.

 

Clip types
To make our system more flexible we have a variety of unique clip types available. Whether you want to create angles for a unique design or to help with the 'fudge' factor onsite.
Direct Fix Clip

Sculptform-click-on-battens-direct-fix-clip

Used when battens are required to be fixed individually without a mounting track, for in-fills, end details, or when no backing is required. The direct fix clip is directly screwed to the substrate.

Fixing Spec: 6 Gauge countersunk screw required to suit application. Note that the capacity of the clip to substrate is dependent on the fixing method used and the type of substrate. Please consult with your engineer.

 

Sliding Clip

As building tolerances vary greatly, and often at the time of ordering, there is no confirmed site measurements, the sliding clip allows for “fudging” the spacing to maintain a symmetrical, consistent appearance at the peripheries of the layout. Example below.

Fixing Spec: 6 Gauge countersunk screw required. Screw type to suit application.

Notice the difference in gap between A and B.

Using loose clips on either side of the layout, the appearance can give the illusion of being equally spaced.

Notice how more “symmetrical” it appears, with the last three battens on each side, fudges slightly to give the illusion of equal spacing.

 

Swivel Clip

Sculptform Click-on Batten Swivel Clip

The swivel clip is design to give the flexibility of using diagonal lines in creating linear textures. Used in combination with clip spacing it gives an additional degree of freedom in the design. The clip rotates to accommodate a variety of angles which allows for “fanning” out effects to transition around corners or around a central feature.

 

Hinge Clip

Sculptform Hinge Clip

The hinge clip allows the battens to be angled out from the wall or ceiling, creating depth and unique textures. The clips are installed at the required angle then fixed in place with a screw before the battens are installed. Once installed, the battens are held firmly in place by the clip.

 

Batten Removal and Replacement

A feature of the Click-on battens system is the ability to quickly and easily remove any batten on a wall or ceiling using a specially designed tool provided by Sculptform. The batten removability feature is designed to be used to replace damaged battens or to allow emergency access behind the battens. If access is required on a regular basis, Sculptform recommends our access hatch solution.

If batten removability is a requirement, please consider the following:

  • To allow for batten removability on suspended ceilings, battens must be joined on a clip without the use of the batten joiner.
  • Battens can only be removed on sequences which have at least 5mm spacing between battens.
  • The removal tool is designed to apply pressure to the inside of the track and will not leave any visible marks.

For full instructions on our removal tool, download our manual below.

Click-on Battens manual

 

Fire Compliance
Group Rating

All untreated timber achieves a Group 3 rating according to the requirements of AS/NZS 3837-1998 and AS 5637.1-2015 for use as wall and ceiling linings, as per NCC 2019 (Volume 1).

Download Report

Timber Species – AS/NZS 3837-1998

 

Combustibility

Timber is deemed combustible under AS 1530.1-1994.

If your project requires a non-combustible material please refer to our aluminium range.

 

BAL Rating

Each timber species achieves different BAL ratings according to AS 3959-2009 as outlined below –

Timber Species Bal Rating
Banjo Pine 19
Blackbutt 29
Burnt Ash Not Compliant
Spotted Gum 29
Vic Ash Not Compliant
White Oak 19

 

Durability

Durability is an important factor when using timber externally. Each species of timber falls into one of the following durability classes. These classes relate to above ground durability as per AS 5604: 2005.

Timber Species Durability Class – Life Expectancy Usage
Banjo Pine Class 4 – Less than 7 years Interior Only
Blackbutt Class 1 – Greater than 40 years Interior / Exterior
Spotted Gum Class 1 – Greater than 40 years Interior / Exterior
Vic Ash Class 3 – 7 to 15 years Interior Only
White Oak Class 3 – 7 to 15 years Interior Only
Maintenance
Interior Applications

Interior timber typically does not need maintenance. It is important to regularly check timber which is exposed to UV radiation through windows etc, as this can lead to yellowing of the coating. Re-coating may be required. DO NOT use any detergents, chemicals or other abrasive substances as this can damage the coatings. For more information and how to clean and maintain interior timber, download our guide below.

Interior Timber Maintenance

 

Exterior Applications

The level of maintenance required on external timber largely depends on the degree of exposure, location, coating selection and desired aesthetic. Sculptform offers the following coating options factory applied as standard –

  • Clear Oil (Cutek CD50 Clear Oil)

When timber is not exposed to direct sunlight (for example exterior soffits), Clear oil maintains the timbers natural colour. When timber is exposed to sunlight, using Clear Oil will allow the timber to silver unless additional pigment is used to tint the clear oil. Sculptform recommends re-coating these applications every 12-18 months.

  • Enviropro Exterior Coatings

When Enviropro exterior coatings are used on timber which is not exposed to direct sunlight, it typically will not require maintenance. Sculptform still recommends annual inspections to check the integrity of the coating.

Enviropro coatings are designed to maintain timber colour and prevent silvering, even in areas which are exposed to direct sunlight and UV radiation. To keep the timber pristine, Sculptform recommends re-coating every 2-4 years. The rate of coating deterioration varies, so 6 monthly visual inspections should be carried out to identify any deterioration of the coating and areas for re-coating.

External Corners and In-fills
Wrap around external corners require the use of a specifically designed corner clip which simply clicks into a mitred mounting track corner.

Sculptform - external corner

A) Corner In-fill
B) Mounting Track
C) Batten Clip
D) Corner Clip
E) Feature Batten

Sculptform - external corner

A) Feature Batten
B) Corner Clip
C) Corner In-fill Options
D) Mitred Mounting Track

 

Infill Sizes

In-fills are available in a range of sizes to fit any batten profile (see below).

Batten Size Suggested Infill size
22x42mm Block 42x42mm DAR (Dressed All Round)
42x42mm Block 42x42mm DAR
32x32mm Block 32x32mm DAR
32x19mm Block 19x19mm DAR
60x19mm Block 19x19mm DAR
32x60mm Block 60x60mm DAR (interior applications only)
32x32mm Flute 32×32 Flute
60x32mm Flute 32x32mm Flute
42x32mm Dome 32x32mm Dome
60x32mm Dome 32x32mm Dome

 

Length Options
Timber battens are available in a range of length options to suit on-site needs
Random Lengths

Random Length is the most common form of timber supply. It typically is a length spread from 1.2m – 3.6m with an average of 2.4m. It is generally the most cost-effective way of procuring timber. Random length is what is supplied unless specified otherwise. All battens are supplied end-matched and must span across two clips. Battens are joined with our Sculptform Batten Joiner.

 

Set Lengths

Set length is used where a quantity of the same lengths are required for your project. Sculptform can offer set lengths between 1.2m and 3.6m. Set lengths are always supplied slightly over length to allow for onsite trimming.

 

Exact Length

Cut to exact length is similar to the ‘Set Length’ option, but with trimming to an accuracy of ±1mm.  Accurate onsite measure required to prevent issues with uneven walls and ceilings.

 

 

Cut to Increment

Boards are docked to increments of 450mm or 600mm. Battens need to be joined randomly for visual appeal.

 

Access Panels
Our batten system allows several options when dealing with access requirements. These methods are similar for solid timber battens and aluminium battens. Battens are usually cut on site to ensure the required panel dimensions. Timber and aluminium battens require different cutting techniques and it is important to use the correct equipment and blades.
Pivot Hatch

Pivot hatches are supplied as a kit and assembled on site. Please consider:

  • Clearance is required for upward movement. Allow 200mm clearance above the panel
  • Typically 1-3mm gap in the batten ends
  • Length options available are 600mm and 1200mm.
  • Battens can be cut to any width on site up to 1200mm. Beyond 1200mm, consult Sculptform directly.

 

Download DWG Detail

 

Sculptform - pivot hatch

 

Drop-in Hatch

The drop-in hatch is the simplest solution to providing access. Please consider:

  • This hatch type is built on site at the locations required.
  • Drop-in hatches can be built any size up to 1200x1200mm.
  • Stainless spring is removed on last clip.

 

Sculptform - drop-in hatch

 

Hidden Doors

When creating a hidden door for a project our batten system allows for several options depending on the requirement. From concealed fix doors, hinged doors to bi-fold doors we are sure to have a solution for you. To find out more information and download drawings see our blog ‘How to seamlessly detail a concealed door’.

For assistance in detailing your project-specific applications, contact us to speak to one of our experts.

Integrated Lighting

The flexibility of the Click-on battens system allows lighting to be integrated quickly and easily. Detailing examples in PDF and DWG formats for the following lighting options are available in our guide – How to detail integrated lighting.

  • Down and can lights
  • Inlaid lights
  • Linear lights
  • Cove lights

 

 

End Junction Options
In most applications of Click-on Battens, installers are faced with a junction; Usually a corner, or coming up to a window or door. Below are two methods of installation.
Angle Bracket

A) Feature batten
B) Mounting track
To be checked out to accommodate angle
C) 25 x 40 x 3mm aluminium angle
Finish can be powder coated or anodised to your preference
D) Wall substrate

 

DAR Endstop

Sculptform-click-on-battens-end-junction-square

A) Feature batten
B) Mounting track
C) Custom timber endstop
D) Wall substrate

 

End matching
End matching is a small tongue and groove profile on the ends of the battens. When engaged, these profiles help to maintain batten alignment at the butt joins. If your battens are cut to increment, cut the tongue off the first batten where butting to a wall, or the ends will be visible.

Sculptform-click-on-battens-end-matching-vertical

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A) Mounting track
B) Batten joiner (see below)
C) Endmatching profile

Sculptform-click-on-battens-end-matching-horizontal

Sculptform-click-on-battens-end-matching-horizontal-2

A) Mounting track
B) Batten Joiner (see below)
C) Endmatching Profile

Batten Joiner

Where timber battens are supplied random length and need to be joined off a clip, the batten joiner needs to be used. This accessory is designed to be used in conjunction with end matching to provide strong joins between battens off a clip.

Mounting Track Joiner

The Mounting Track Joiner is used to align the tracks at end-to-end joins and uses a simple push-fit connection. This joiner is only used with Ceiling Mounting Track.

 

BIM / CAD Files

The complete package of BIM and CAD files for Sculptform’s Click-on Battens can be downloaded below.

Download DWG Package

Base Detail

For vertical batten applications, the method shown in this detail will prevent slippage.

Sculptform-click-on-battens-timber-anti-slip-detail

Anti-slip Detail

Where the aluminium base angle is not being used, it is recommended that a small screw be inserted into the back of the batten to serve as an anti-slip measure.

Sculptform click on battens anti-slip detail

Maximum Cantilever

The last mounting track should be no more than 100mm from the end of the battens when spacing between the battens is under 20mm. For sequences with spacing over 20mm, a maximum cantilever of 300mm is acceptable when using timber battens.