Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

The Pro's and Con's of Thatch Roofing

April 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 141

There are a number of good reasons to use thatch roofing when building a new home, but this is as long as you also understand the down side building with thatch.

The Pro's of Thatch Roofing

One of the biggest reasons for the popularity of thatch around the world is the fact that the raw material used to build the roof is so readily available. In fact, thatch is the most common roofing material in vast parts of the world, including in parts of Europe where the combination of both thatch and roof tiles is incredibly popular. An example of this type of combination roof can be seen in the area of Alkmaar in Holland.

Another major plus that has helped to make thatch so popular that thatch is lighter and therefore needs less timber in any roof that supports it. This is a major cost saving factor when building a home.

Thatch is also a very, very versatile material and is perfectly suited to covering irregular or non conventional roof structures.

Thatch is known as an extremely eco friendly roofing alternative. Both second-hand and recycled natural thatching material can be used when building a new or improving an old building which means that thatch is very sustainable.

The Con's of Thatch Roofing

Any house that uses this roofing can be harder and more expensive to insure because of fire risks.

Thatch roofs are also extremely labour intensive to both maintain and build. This means that the savings made due to the fact that the raw materials are so inexpensive are overshadowed by high labour costs.

Birds and other wildlife that can access a thatch roof can damage the thatch while they foraging for grubs or other food types. Some rodents are also enticed to enter and damage roofs if the raw material contains any residual grain, straw or food types.

It is also said that thatch roofs are not particularly good or safe to use in cold snow covered areas. This however is not true if the thatch roof is built with a snow covering in mind. This means that a roof in a snowy area needs to have a stronger than normal frame and in extremely cold areas, known to experience large snow falls, the roof should be pitched slightly higher than the normal 45-55 degrees pitch used in conventional thatch roofing.

To build with Thatch or not to build with it?

Although there might seem to be many more con's to building with thatch it all boils down to personal choice. Thatch is an extremely beautiful roofing option and those who choose to use it very seldom if ever choose to go back to the more conventional slate roofing.

The author is a freelance blogger and has worked full time in the South African, German and UK thatch product manufacturing industry. He currently heads up a small family concern based in Scotland that deals with the promotion of Cape Reed thatch tiling.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:



Reasons To Use Thatch


Reasons Not To Use Thatch


Thatch Roofs

There is different types of locksmiths available to install, maintain and repair locks and keys. Here in this article, we are going to discuss four major types of professional locksmiths. The most

By: jamescor l Home Improvement > Security l April 03, 2013 lViews: 563

Another point to note is that the leather sofas can come both in contemporary and traditional designs. Indeed, the traditional Chesterfield sofa. Another point to note is that the leather sofas can

By: Simon Liva l Home Improvement > Furniture l December 23, 2012 lViews: 260

A bathroom is not simply a room in the house for you to bathe, get dressed and do the usual necessities. Today, the bathroom is where you unwind and relax from all the anxiety of the day. For this

By: jhon ford l Home Improvement > Bath and Shower l December 23, 2012 lViews: 273

These bathroom designers know and understand your requirements and have the power to convert your imagination into reality. These bathroom designers know and understand your requirements and have the

By: Simon Liva l Home Improvement > Bath and Shower l December 23, 2012 lViews: 1189

Having the baby furniture ready before your baby comes is not only practical but makes the choosing and designing of the baby’s room fun. The reason for this is that you can take a longer time in

By: Leanne Smith l Home Improvement > Furniture l December 14, 2012 lViews: 284

With a team of professionals around, you don’t need to worry about the health of the carpet. A Professional carpet Melbourne Company refrains from using harmful chemicals to accomplish their task.

By: Simon Liva l Home Improvement > Cleaning Tips and Tools l December 12, 2012 lViews: 445

Roof systems deteriorate from many causes. The most common reasons are those you do not normally think about, because you do not see the destruction until it is too late. Conditions include normal

By: Mac McGovernl Home Improvement > Roofingl December 08, 2012 lViews: 252

If you are going through the home renovation process, new roofing can be very important as you don’t want to compromise because of the change in climatic conditions. Even though you are planning to

By: noragwiltl Home Improvement > Roofingl November 20, 2012 lViews: 216

Thatch decay is a reality in countries that have a warm and wet climate, but this can be minimized through correct handling and thatch building procedures. Then with the right maintenance and storage

By: Justin Rarethatchl Home Improvement > Roofingl October 30, 2012 lViews: 237

These days there is a huge demand for metal roofing, with homeowners wanting to include them while constructing new homes or during home maintenance. When correctly installed, these products can

By: Umesh Kumar Ml Home Improvement > Roofingl July 06, 2012 lViews: 200

If you are looking for a commercial roofing company for repair or replacement services, you should find one that offers certain benefits. Read on to learn more about what you should look for.

By: Aaliyah Arthurl Home Improvement > Roofingl July 06, 2012 lViews: 216

A roof repair can be a major headache, but if you find the right contractor it doesn't have to be a difficult time. Just make sure that you hire someone who is licensed, get a referral, and shop

By: Aloysius Aucoinl Home Improvement > Roofingl July 06, 2012 lViews: 209

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus