Pros and cons of a thatch roof

Lesotho Times - - Propmeay -

THATCHED roofs have en­dured for thou­sands of years. Of­fer­ing a durable roof­ing op­tion, they not only add char­ac­ter to a charm­ing cot­tage, but to a mod­ern home as well.

There are pros and cons to hav­ing a thatched roof, and it helps to know what to ex­pect if you are con­sid­er­ing adding a thatched roof on your house.

There’s no deny­ing that a thatched roof adds ap­peal to any home. Be­cause thatch is a sus­tain­able ma­te­rial (although more ex­pen­sive than a tiled roof), it’s be­com­ing a more pop­u­lar roof­ing op­tion for new cot­tages and mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary styled homes.

Grown lo­cally in abun­dance, thatch is an eco-friendly roof­ing op­tion. We have an abun­dance of grasses that are suit­able for thatch­ing, and the tim­ber fram­ing sys­tem used to mount a thatch roof con­sists of pine or eu­ca­lyp­tus from lo­cal forests around the coun­try.

Ad­van­tages of a thatch roof 1. When in­stalled pro­fes­sion­ally, reg­u­larly main­tained and sited away from over­hang­ing trees, thatch can of­fer a durable roof­ing op­tion that has a life­span of any­where from 15 to 20 years. 2. As a nat­u­ral ma­te­rial, thatch is the best in­su­lated roof­ing op­tion for a home. In many other warm cli­mate re­gions around the world, thatch is the pre­ferred roof­ing choice due to its nat­u­ral in­su­la­tion prop­er­ties. A thatched roof main­tains a cool house in sum­mer and a warm home in the cold win­ter months. 3. Over time, the nat­u­ral ma­te­rial be­comes darker, blend­ing with the sur­round­ing coun­try­side, of­fer­ing a more nat­u­ral ap­proach to roof­ing a mod­ern home. This is why so many game farms and lodges use a thatched roof op­tion. 4. A thatched roof is one of the most ecofriendly ways of roof­ing a home. Ma­te­ri­als are eas­ily grown, and har­vest­ing this nat­u­ral re­source re­quires lit­tle or no ma­chin­ery. And, although more labour in­ten­sive and there­fore more ex­pen­sive than other roof­ing op­tions, most thatch­ing ma­te­ri­als are har­vested in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, pro­vid­ing ovid­ing much needed jobs and sup­port. 5. One of the most beau­ti­ful eau­ti­ful fea­tures of a thatched roof home is when it is crafted into nat­u­ral free-flow­ing shapes,hapes, adding char­ac­ter and per­son­al­ity. Thatch­hatch is a ver­sa­tile ma­te­rial when it comes s to cov­er­ing ir­reg­u­lar roof struc­tures. 6. Thatch­ing cre­ates a rel­a­tively low-cost means of addingng on to your home by util­is­ing roof space that would oth­er­rwise have been wasted. Plus, the high open ceil­ings give rooms a spa­cious feel.

Dis­ad­van­tages of a thatch roof 1. Be­cause of the labour in­ten­sive in­stal­la­tion tech­nique in­volved, a thatch roof is more ex­pen­sive than most other roof­ing ma­te­ri­als. 2. In­sur­ance pre­mi­ums will be higher on your home in com­par­i­son to other roof­ing ma­te­ri­als. 3. A thatch roof re­quires an­nual in­spec­tion to en­sure that any mi­nor re­pairs are ad­dressed to pre­vent the need for ex­pen­sive re­pairs at a later stage. The ridge cap, the part of the roof that gets the rough­est treat­ment from the el­e­ments, will re­quire more fre­quent at­ten­tion. This will not only pre­vent leaks into the prop- erty, but also main­tain the struc­tural in­tegrity of a thatch roof. 4. Thatch should be reg­u­larly treated with a fire-re­tar­dant, es­pe­cially in drier parts of the coun­try where thatch ma­te­rial can quickly ig­nite. Meth­ods for treat­ing thatch are based on the im­preg­na­tion of grass or reed, and other sim­i­lar prod­ucts with a com­bi­na­tion of bi­o­log­i­cal preser­va­tive and fire re­tar­dant. The risk of fire can­not be ig­nored and many thatch­ers rec­om­mend a fire­board as an added se­cu­rity mea­sure. Dis­cuss these op­tions with th the con­trac­tor to se­lect the best method for yo your thatch roof. 5. The in­stal­la­tion of a light­ning rod or lightni ning pro­tec­tion sys­tem is re­quired by law. Th These de­vices are de­signed to in­ter­cept, condu duct and dis­perse the oth­er­wise dis­as­trous ef ef­fects of a light­ning strike. 6. A fire­place should be prop­erly walled, with a min­i­mum dou­ble-wall thick­ness sur­round, an and the chim­ney should be fit­ted with a spark ar ar­restor and be lo­cated high enough to re­duce th the risks as­so­ci­ated with stray em­bers. 7. In­fes­ta­tions by in­sects, in­tru­sion by birds or ver­min and other forms of dam­age to the thatch can oc­cur if it is not prop­erly l laid and ad­e­quately pro­tected. Dis­cuss any spe­cial treat­ments with your con­trac­tor. If you de­cide to in­stall a thatched roof, en­sure that the con­trac­tor you em­ploy has ref­er­ences from pre­vi­ous in­stal­la­tions, and can ap­ply suit­able treat­ments to ex­tend and pro­tect your in­vest­ment. — Prop­erty24

Thatched roof adds ap­peal to any home.

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