Upon first visit to this stunning residential home in the small town of Joubertina, we were struck by the impressive roof design with its high pitch, straight angles and edges which is uncommon in thatched homes that are not based on the traditional Dutch style seen in Cape St. Francis and the Western Cape.
It was these straight angles and edges that enabled us to design the roof conversion around the use of Aluzinc roof sheeting as opposed to the flexible roofing tiles that we most often use. Commonly thatched roofs are shapely with lots of curves and irregular angles meaning that a less pliable roofing solution is not appropriate for use in a conversion.
The thatched roof, of approximately 280sq.m in size, was in a fairly good condition and after a brushing to remove any external rotten material, was in an appropriate state to use the over-sheeting method to convert the roof. The lightweight timber structure was fitted over the original roof and then Aluzinc roof sheeting fixed to the timber.
The team worked at the exact finishing of the roof especially around the dormer windows in the roof and when fitting the fascia boards, to ensure a neat and tidy aesthetic.
The thick thatch layer under the Aluzinc ensures great insulation properties for the home in both the summer and winter months.
The project was completed in March 2017.