What is the most popular material used for thatching roofs?

All thatched roof materials have their own benefits and uses. One of the most enduringly popular thatched roof materials is reed. Reed tends to be the most durable material and reed thatched roofs have a lifespan of 25-40 years. Another popular thatched roof material is straw.

How often does a thatched roof need replacing?

Generally the ridge of the thatch will require replacing every 10 – 15 years. The coatwork will vary depending on the material used and its associated lifespan. To keep the roof in best condition: Allow it to dry well, remove trees and plants which may hinder the sun and wind drying it or rain dispersing.

How thick should a thatched roof be?

An optimum thickness for maximum longevity would be between 228mm and 381mm for water reed and 228mm and 300mm for combed wheat reed and long straw. Therefore, the point to remember is that there are an almost infinite number of specifications depending on pitch of roof and length of the thatching material.

What are the problems with thatched roofs?

Perhaps the most common and obvious problem with thatched roofing is the potential for leaks. These can come from all areas of the roof, including the ridge, valleys and corners.

What is synthetic thatch roofing?

Synthetic thatch roof products are also referred to as artificial thatch as well as faux thatch. All of our synthetic thatch roofing products are designed to simulate natural thatch yet will resist humidity and decay.

What is combination thatch tile?

The combination thatch tile consists of a top layer of polyolefin imitation thatch with natural Cape Reed underneath. The artificial layer of thatch protects the natural reed from the elements, reducing colour changes and deterioration, giving the thatch a longer life expectancy, whilst retaining the insulating properties of the natural Cape Reed.

What is virothatch synthetic thatching?

Used throughout the world in resorts such as Disneyworld, USA, The Mulia, Bali and Adventure World, Perth, Virothatch synthetic thatching replicates the look of Bali Thatch, making it one of the best looking Bali Thatch alternatives in the world.

What are the different types of thatch?

African cape reed style thatch, African Kilimanjaro cane reed, Japanese faux grass, Somerset Old English cottage, Kona Hawaiian faux Pili grass, Bali Asian long grass and Dominica Palm leaf Caribbean – Florida – Mexican style thatch.