Thatched Roofs: They're Not Just From Fairytales

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You may remember reading story books as a child and seeing pictures of cottages with thatched roofs. Made from straw or reeds, thatched roofs are not just an imaginary creation of storytellers or a relic of history. They still exist, and if you have a cottage or cabin-style home, a thatched roof may be a great option for making it appear more natural and quaint. Here's a closer look.

How are thatched roofs made?

Thatched roofs are typically made from either water reeds or straw that has been packed together in dense bundles. The bundles are secured to the roofing surface with a metal framework. Thatching is an intricate craft, and there are companies that specifically offer thatched roofs to their customers. Each roof has to be individually designed based on the shape and size of the home. Though it may seem like water would soak right through a thatched roof, the thatching is so thick that the outer layers are the only ones that get wet. The straw or reeds are also naturally water repellent, so the water rolls off or evaporates rather quickly.

What are the advantages of thatched roofs?

In addition to offering an authentic cottage look that's nearly impossible to replicate with any other materials, thatched roofs are a natural, green alternative to modern roofing materials. They're also very insulating, so having one installed may lower your heating bills or allow you to use less attic insulation.

What maintenance is required for a thatched roof?

If you have your thatched roof constructed by an experienced thatcher, it shouldn't need very much maintenance at all. Moss may appear on the thatching, but this generally does not present any hazards and does not need to be removed. Typically, a thatched roof made with water reeds will last about 70 years, but every 10 – 20 years, you will want to have the ridge re-set to ensure the edges of the thatching meet up properly. Though it may seem like a thatched roof would blow off of a home, the thatching is packed densely and is directly attached to the home's frame. This makes the roof quite impervious to wind damage.

If you like the quaint look of thatched roofs, look for a thatcher in your area and request an estimate. Nothing compares to the fairy tale look of a thatched roof, and they offer a lot of other benefits, too.

For more information about other roofing options, talk with a professional roofing company in your area, such as Surface Shield Protective Coatings.

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