This thatched roof in Cape St. Francis in the Eastern Cape was in need of a lot of care and attention. The client approached us to give a quotation on repairing or replacing the old thatched roof which was leaking and generally in a bad state of repair. Our team re-thatched the entire roof with Cape Reed fitting a fire blanket as they thatched and installing new drainage valleys to all valley sections.
The roof structure is built in a traditional style with a high pitch and gable ends.
Our team worked to ensure that the visual finish of the thatching was impeccable with straight edges and angles, no curves or uneven areas in the thatch.
The thickness of the thatch is 180 – 200mm thick as prescribed by the Thatchers Association of South Africa (TASA). The thatch is shaped around the dormer windows and neatly finished at the edges.
New valley sections were installed in all drainage valleys and the thatch shaped around them to ensure proper drainage.
Gable ends can be a problem in thatched roofs – where the thatch meets the end wall. It is important to allow drainage along the wall and to properly water-proof the junctions.
Work was completed in November 2016.