If you have never seen this plush and bundled style of roof, then you have not experienced the absolute beauty and eye appeal that it can offer to a property. Thatch roofing is certainly nothing new. This method of covering homes has been in use for centuries, but as more and more citizens look for ‘back to nature’, ‘eco-friendly’ solutions to everyday problems, thatch is being regarding in a new and more welcoming light.
One might suspect that thatching would be highly susceptible to moisture and wind. It is after all, built with weeds. However, that is not the case at all. Thatching, which is technically a system of bundling and tying down large amount of natural reeds and grasses is very strong and resilient. In many areas, locally grown materials, such as wheat, oat, rye, and barley are put to the task of covering rooftops. However, today, there is also the option of buying superior materials, such as water reed, from local dealers
Water reed is preferable because it is naturally water resistant. Though grown in very wet areas – around ponds, lakes and other water bodies – it remains hollow and dry on the inside. Because it has been widely recognized for its advantages overhead, many dealers now sell it throughout the United States. You can purchase it much like you would asphalt shingles or cedar shakes. For more information on where to buy it, speak to your local Sugar Land, Texas roofers so they can point you to affordable Houston roofing solutions.
As mentioned above, water reed and other thatching materials are very resilient. Because of the way that they are installed, water cannot penetrate the surface and it would take very severe winds to disrupt even a portion of the roofing once installed. A special layer is applied at the peak. Referred to as the cap, this adds another layer of stability and can also create visual interest that property owners love.
While you can use thatch on your home, those who are hesitant may find it better suited to their garages, sheds, and other outbuildings. It can add a great deal of curb appeal to any property and it certainly durable enough to top the main house, should you choose to do so. In fact, thatching has been used numerous times throughout this country to top much larger buildings, such as large restaurants, hotels, and stores. When installed properly, this type of roof can last fifty years or more and will require very little maintenance, very little need for roofing repair in Houston, Texas, creating one of the most affordable Houston roofing solutions possible.
The main reason for this resilience is the way in which thatch is applied to the roof. Bundles of the reed are stacked to covered the surface and wired to wood or metal stakes pounded into the supporting structure. The result is a roof covering that is twelve inches thick, at least. This provides superior insulation, better even than the fiberglass batting that most have installed.
So, why aren’t more people having thatch installed on their roofs? There are a couple of disadvantages to thatch. First and foremost, the cost is higher than one would pay for asphalt shingles. While thatch can last longer than the alternative, it can also cause a slight increase in homeowners insurance because it is perceived as a fire hazard. Though it is more flammable than some materials, thatch burns very slowly. You are more likely to see smoke damage than actual burning of the home beneath, should the thatch cause a blaze. The expense can be well worth it because of the energy efficiency and curb appeal that can be achieved with this material.
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