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The Pros and Cons of Thatch Roofing

By Edited Jul 5, 2016 1 0

While thatch roofing is always a great sight to see in a backyard setting or business, there are some advantages and disadvantages of the grass roof. Those who are considering the purchase of thatch roofing to cover their outdoor environments or enhance their business space should compare both sides of the equation. Here are the pros and cons of thatch roofing.

Pros of Thatch Roofing:

  • Because of its neutral color palette, thatch blends pretty seamlessly with any type of environment and any type of stylized living space. And with age and use, thatch goes through a natural process and changes to a more attractive color.
  • Thatch is an extremely eco-friendly building source. It doesn't take much energy to grow thatch and very little amounts of natural resources to crop the grass. Therefore, thatch pricing also remains fairly low because of its easiness to grow and its abundance in nature.
  • A thatched roof is ideal for those who experience rather hot weather because it creates a great amount of shade and keeps areas much cooler while avoiding direct sunlight. It is recommended that thatch be applied thickly when used as roof for the coolest thermal insulator.
  • Thatch comes in a variety of products as well as correlating accessories that perfectly match the roofing. If there is a need to use thatch in more areas, consider thatch as a furniture adornment, as an umbrella, or even as an outdoor mat or rug for your backyard or patio. Thatch can be used inside the house as well to create the ultimate tropical atmosphere for the home.
  • Tiki thatch has a great lifespan and can last anywhere from three to five years. The product also holds up well with extreme wind, and if properly installed, can withstand winds up to 50 to 60 miles per hour.

Cons of Thatch Roofing:

  • Thatched roofs are more susceptible and vulnerable to the risk of fire when compared to other materials. Before installing the roof, make sure to keep the area clear of candles, kitchen appliances that provide fire and any other items that could create a burning reaction.
  • Because thatch is a natural and organic material that is rarely treated with components to preserve the freshness of the material, thatch is also at risk for decay and decomposition. Make sure to take the appropriate precautions to avoid this process from taking place. It is also best to hose off the thatch roof a couple times a year to prevent buildup. Ask the thatch roofing expert about what types of sprays and treatments work best.
  • Animals can sometimes cause damage to the thatch roofing. For example, birds can peck at the roof while looking for food or gathering materials to build a nest. The roof itself can even become a nesting area for area birds.
  • If not protected or cared for on a regular basis, maintenance for thatch products can be intensive. Speak with the thatch specialist about precautions to take and how to best treat the product.

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