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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Convert from Thatch to Roof Sheeting – 2019 Project

In our latest roof conversion project in the Eastern Cape, clients convert from thatch to roof sheeting.

Our most recent thatch roof conversion was on a big family home in Komani (formerly Queenstown). The roof was converted from thatch to corrugated aluzinc roof sheeting, transforming the entire look of the home.

Thatch roof which has been converted to aluzinc roofing
Thatch Roof Converted to Roof Sheeting, Eastern Cape

The original roof design was fairly complex with many hips and valleys. Our clients found that the thatch on the roof needed consistent maintenance (especially in areas around the valleys). They therefore took the decision to convert from thatch to another roofing product.

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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”