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African Reed Thatch - The Perfect Roofing Material

  • African Reed Thatch - The Perfect Roofing Material

    Quality commercial-grade African reed thatch can last up to 10 years if it is maintained properly. This type of thatch delivers a more even, manicured look than the shaggy look of palm thatch but, as an organic material, the lifespan is similar and both reed and palm thatch. If you are installing thatch on outdoor structures, there are a few things you can do to ensure you get maximum life out of the materials.

    First, if you have the option, install thatching on a steep roof with a sharp pitch. The more vertical the angle is, the easier it will be for water to drain off and the quicker the thatch can dry. Additionally, mounting thatch on an existing roof or at least creating a sub-roof will allow you to build a slightly raised frame upon which you can install the thatch. Creating a space of even a few inches between the sub-roof and the thatch material allows water to drain through and run off of the roof more quickly.

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