When creating an island oasis, you will have to figure out how much thatch roofing material you'll need to complete the tiki hut, gazebo, or awning you want. Obviously, you will want to order enough thatch without getting too much but, because thatch roofing comes in pre-measured rolls or panels, it's likely you will end up with extra. As long as it is not such a large amount that you could easily cover another roof or two, there's nothing wrong with having some extra thatch on hand. At some point, you may need to repair a small section of the roof and will already have the material for the job.
How much thatch you will need to order depends on a number of factors starting with the shape of the roof. The roundish shaped roof of a gazebo, for example would be figured differently than an A-frame on a tiki hut. Awnings are the easiest to figure because they are typically smaller areas than an entire roof and are usually simple rectangular shapes.
The next thing to consider is what type of roofing material you want to use. Thatch runner rolls come in various dimensions including 36 inches by 60, 27, or 17 feet as well as 30 inches by 8 feet. Plus, 4 foot by 4 foot panels are available, as well. Reed panels, on the other hand, come in 31 inch by 18 inch sections. When figuring amounts of materials for a project, don't forget you'll need ridge caps and top cones to finish off the roof, too.
Once you know what shape of roof you'll be doing and what type of thatch material you want to use, the friendly staff at Forever Bamboo will be happy to help you figure out how much thatch roofing material you'll need. We're experts in working with thatch, bamboo, and other specialty materials and we'll do our best to help make your tropical dream a reality.