Project: Thatch Guesthouse Converted to Metrotiles, Hogsback

Thatch Roof Converted to Metrotiles, Eastern Cape
Thatch Roof Converted to Metrotiles, Eastern Cape
Original Thatched Roof before Converting
Original Thatched Roof before Converting

A thatched rondavel (or “roundhouse”) is quintessentially African – this guesthouse in the Hogsback mountains recently had a face-left to bring the traditional rondavel into a clean, modern space for guests to enjoy.

Our clients chose the Structure Stays conversion system which retains the original structure of the thatched roof but strips away all thatch. On this project we also stripped the thatching laths and installed a timber tongue and groove ceiling in the rondavel. 

Timber Tongue & Groove Ceiling Installed
Timber Tongue & Groove Ceiling Installed

As the thatch was stripped entirely additional insulation had to be installed to ensure temperature management – the Hogsback mountains see a lot of snowfall in the Winter! Our team installed double sided raden shield to the roof before erecting a lightweight wooden support structure for the new tiles. In the cavities between the wooden batons bulk insulation was also installed.

Double Sided Reflective Insulation was Installed
Double Sided Reflective Insulation was Installed
Bulk Insulation was Installed
Bulk Insulation was Installed for additional temperature control
Metrotiles were Installed over the original roof structure
Metrotiles were then installed over the original roof structure

The tiles were then applied to the wooden support structure.

Metrotiles

This thatch roof conversion made use of Metrotiles; Metrotile is a lightweight steel tile coated in aluzinc. The tiles are available in a variety of profiles and colours. Our client in Hogsback chose the Woodshake profile in Charcoal grey which is designed to have the look of a traditional wooden roof, therefore fitting in as a permanent replacement for the look of thatch on this traditional style building. The tiles also have a degree of flexibility which makes them perfect for Structure Stays conversions where the original thatch roof structure often has curves and bends which are not practical to convert to a rigid roofing product. Metrotiles carry a 40 year product guarantee in this area and are extremely hard wearing and weather resistant.

Thatch Rondavel Converted to Tiles
Thatch Rondavel Converted to Tiles

This roof originally had a small dormer window in the thatch – our team increased the size of the window and adapted the pole structure around it during the conversion – allowing more height inside the upstairs room of the house and more light.

Dormer Window in Tiled Roof
Renovated Dormer Window in Tiled Roof

The timber tongue & groove ceilings installed inside the house were varnished in a transparent varnish to retain the warm, natural colour of the wood on the inside.

Timber Tongue & Groove Ceilings Inside
Timber Tongue & Groove Ceilings Inside

The project was completed in May 2018.

To find out more about our thatch roof conversion systems and roofing products visit our web page: Thatch Roof Conversions > 

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