Over-Sheeting a Thatch Roof: Convert your Thatch Roof Now

This roof conversion system involves cladding or over-sheeting the original 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 rondavel over-sheeted in metal roof sheeting

Can you convert a Thatch Roof to another type of Roofing?

If this is the first page you’ve landed on you’re probably thinking about converting your thatch roof to another type of roofing. The good news is that you can! At Bosazza Roofing & Timber Homes we offer three different systems to convert thatch roofs: Structure Stays, Renovate/ Reconstruct and Over-sheeting. While we recommend using the Structure Stays system which removes all of the thatch from your roof, in some cases it is possible to over-sheet the original roof.

This article explains the over-sheeting system in more detail. It also introduces some of the roofing products that we use for conversions.

To find out more about roof conversions and the other systems, visit our main page Thatch Roof Conversions >

Over-sheeting a Thatch Roof

First thing’s first – when over-sheeting a thatch roof the original roof needs to be in a very good condition! What does that mean?

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Old Cape Dutch House Converted from Thatch to Roof Sheeting

We converted this old Cape Dutch Style roof in the Eastern Cape, from Thatch to Roof Sheeting

This 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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