African Cape Reed Advantages
Dollar for dollar, African Cape Reed is the highest quality roofing thatch. It’s easy to work with, durable, an excellent insulator, 90% waterproof and maintains its fresh look longer – assuming it’s been properly harvested and processed.
How Durable and Waterproof Is It? Unlike many reed species plans, African Cape Reed stalks are solid (not hollow). This gives each tile more strength individually but when assembled properly as roofing tiles, cones and corners each their strength is increased even more. The solid nature of African Cape Reed also means it won’t absorb moisture. Bottom line? It sheds rainwater easily and stands up to the strongest winds.
Your roof is in shape no matter what its shape! Thatch when sold comes in one of two forms; cut tiles or rolls. African Cape Reed always comes as cut tiles. This means no matter what the shape of surface, you’ll get the look you want and a perfect fit. Cape Reed tiles are typically cut smaller so they can fit side to side and side by side more snuggly and evenly. If necessary we can custom cut tiles
Because of its long term value, Cape Reed is the preferred thatch major resorts and can be applied to almost any type of structure such as; thatch umbrellas, Tiki Huts, zoo’s, gazebos, Palapas, residences, hotels – Cape Reed thatch can be found protecting airports.
Thatch umbrellas, gazebos, Palapas, Tiki Huts, animal cages in zoos, etc. etc. Our African Cape reed thatch tile products were specifically designed to maximize durability while giving you creativity free reign over your project.
What to Look For (and Look Out for)
The quality/value of the Cape Reed Thatch going on your roof depends on a variety of factors.
Was it harvested at its peak? African Cape Reed thatch takes 5-7 years (depending on growing conditions) to mature to perfection. Harvesting too early can result in a weaker product that can snap easily under stress or winds. Harvesting too late can result in a drier and harder to work with product. Our Cape Reed comes from suppliers with long term personal and business relationships with the farmers. The Cape Reed they get is always harvested at its peak for maximum long term esthetic and performance qualities. They get the ‘pick of the crop’ which means you do too.
Has your African Cape Reed been processed and prepped properly? We don’t just sell African Cape Reed, we’ve spent decades working with it. Before any African Cape Reed reaches our store we know, for a fact, the drying and pre-treatment of every plant has been perfect. We check to make sure the fastening mechanisms are sturdy and in place as required. You’ll find every tile to be tightly and expertly woven to maximize strength. Every cone is cut at the precise angle to maximize drainage and water protection.
Installing Your New African Cape Reed Roof
We’re always thinking ahead at ThatchMasters. Every Cape Reed tile is cut, prepared and shaped with ease of installation in mind. We’ve made it so easy anyone can do it (but, if you like, we’ll gladly do it for you). However, should you decide to do-it-yourself, here’s a few helpful pointers.
Angle of the Roof: The minimum pitch of a roof for African Cape Reed should be no less than 30 degrees. The greater the pitch the greater the drainage when it rains and the higher the insulation factor on those warm sunny days. Roof angles of 30 degrees or more also makes your new African Cape Reed roof more resistant to high winds.
Metal Installation? Colour Matched Clips and Binds: Making self-installation even easier, we’ve provided matching clips and binding strips. Start with an 8mm diameter galvanized or powder coated steel rod. Clip your tiles using the 6 colour matching clips attached to the binding strip. You’ll wind up with a beautiful roof where each tile blends into the next Note that the colour of the clips and the binding strip matches. This is to ensure full blending of the tiles from any visual angle. Tiles should be installed in layered courses with a spacing of 350 mm and an overlap of 100 mm.
Wood Installation? Use screws and/or nails: Make sure nails or screws are driven directly into the timbers and all the way into the binding strip so they’re invisible to naked eye. There should be a 100 mm overlap from tile to tile to increase resistance wind and to maximize water protection and drainage. This also gives your roof a fuller, more lush appearance.
Rule of Cape Reed Thumb: For every square meter of roof you should plan on using 3.5 African Cape Reed tiles. This will give you the extra space you’ll need to accommodate the 100mm overlaps, this will provide for the maximum protecting and a nice, even layered look. Of course, if you’re looking to create a special effect of some kind, such as fanning, the number of tiles necessary will vary.
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