The art of thatching is a European tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years.
We have been constructing thatched roof structures for the past two decades and have since been established as world leaders in this field.
By definition, a thatched roof is a roof covering of straw, reeds, palm leaves or a similar material. Our primary roofing material, cape reed thatch (thamnochortus insignis) is unique to South Africa. More specifically, it can only be found in the Southern Cape and grows along the coast on a strip of land of approximately 78km by 23km.
The cape reed plant must grow for an average of 6 years before it is harvested. The growth period for other thatching material averages only 6 months. There are many advantages for slower growth, including the inner material of the plant that grows solid and becomes stable, with an extremely high density. As a result, the product has a much higher resistance to rotting and general decay compared to other thatching material. This allows us to confidently guarantee our thatched roofs for 15 years.
This material is 100% organic and thus truly sustainable.
- A well maintained Cape Reed thatched roof is extremely durable and could last up to 50 years.
- The required angle of pitch of a thatched houses ensures ample space for loft rooms to be incorporated.
- The excellent insulation qualities of thatch eliminate the need for additional insulating materials.
- A well-built thatched roof is naturally waterproof, UV-proof and environmentally friendly.
- The versatility of the thatch means that it can be used for various types of buildings from beach resorts to a thatched garden gazebo.
- The rustic reed ceiling of a thatched house forms an integral part of the overall design.
Our expert team of salesmen, designers and craftsmen will gladly assist you to create and construct the ideal shading option for your available space, contact us today for your free quotation and expert advice.