Thatching is the process of constructing a roof out of dry vegetation materials such as water read, palm branches or straw. The technique involved layering the plats to shed water away from the inside of the roof. Most of the vegetation stays dry because it is so densely packed. This dense packing results in the trapping of air which creates an insulated environment. The method has been used in all kinds of climates from tropical and temperate. Its insulated properties allow it to be perfect for all weather and climate. Thatch is typically found in developing countries, however there has been a surging trend in developed nations like ours to include rustic and ecologically friendly roofing solutions.
Maintenance of Thatching
Good, high quality thatch jobs do not require regular maintenance. In Australian climates, thatch roofing will generally need to be replaced after 5-10 years because of general wear and tear. Thatch huts and products purchased from overseas are often a different make and size to those produced in Australia, therefore sometimes it’s hard to find products to replace the worn-out thatch.
Advantages of Thatching
- There are a wide range of thatching materials available.
- It is a very common form of roofing material because the plants used are found all around the world.
- Thatch is light meaning there is less timber needed to support the roof
- Thatch is very versatile and can be used to cover irregular roof shapes
- Thatching is also Eco Friendly because it’s made from often recycled materials
Thatch adds an exotic vibe to your home décor. If you love the tropics of Bali, Thailand or Africa, consider putting a bit of this holiday feel into your own personal holiday oasis in your backyard! Bali Huts and African huts are an affordable and aesthetically pleasing feature to any home!