Over-Sheeting a Thatch Roof

Our most popular thatch roof conversion system involves cladding or over-sheeting the thatch roof with tiles or roof sheeting.

Before and after picture of a large thatched rondavel which we converted to corrugated roof sheeting
Before and after pictures of a large thatched rondavel over-sheeted in corrugated roofing

This method of converting roofs is popular for a few reasons:

  1. It is the least invasive of our conversion systems because the new roof is laid over the original thatch. This means that most of the work is outside and that the house is not open to the elements at any stage in the process.
  2. It is the most cost effective system because the original thatched roof is retained; there is no need to build a new roof structure, to install extra insulation or ceilings.
  3. It keeps the rustic look and feel of thatch on the inside of the house.

When over-sheeting a thatched roof, the choice of what kind of new roofing you can use may be affected by the shape and style of the original roof design. I will use some of our recently completed projects to explain what roofing products are available and why you might choose them.

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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.¬† Continue reading “Project: Thatch Guesthouse Converted to Metrotiles, Hogsback”

Project: Thatched Home Converted to Onduvilla Tiles, Kareedouw

Large Family Home Converted from Thatch to Onduvilla Tiles
Large Family Home Converted from Thatch to Onduvilla Tiles

This large family home in Kareedouw, Eastern Cape, was converted from Cape Reed thatch to Onduvilla premium roof tiles in Charcoal grey.¬† Continue reading “Project: Thatched Home Converted to Onduvilla Tiles, Kareedouw”

Project: Thatch Roof Converted to AZ200, Joubertina

Thatch Roof converted to AZ200, Joubertina, Eastern Cape
Thatch Roof converted to AZ200, Joubertina, Eastern Cape

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. Continue reading “Project: Thatch Roof Converted to AZ200, Joubertina”