Cape Reed African Thatch Tiles – Direct From The Importer


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Cape Reed African Thatch Tile

The tiles are manufactured from Cape Thatch Reed (Thamnochortus Insignis). Used to cover straight and round structures. (Size: 800mm x 45mm x 25mm)


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Cape Reed African Thatch Top Cone

The cones  are manufactured from Cape Thatch Reed (Thamnochortus Insignis). Forms a cap on top of the roof, or by cutting in half will close off two ends of an oval. (Size: Diameter 850mm)

Standard Cape reed thatch tiles provides a rugged, sturdy, stepped roof appearance and can cover almost any shape of roof. There insulating properties are amazing and the tiles provide a 90% water tight roof. 

Cape reed top cones. The top cone forms a cap on the top of a circular, square, hexagonal or octagonal roof.(click here for more information)

Standard Cape Reed Tiles

Size: 800mm(32”) x 450mm(18”) x 25mm(1”)
Box size:460mm x 810mm x 210mm
Qty Per Box:6 tiles
Description:The tiles are manufactured from Cape Thatch Reed (Thamnochortus Insignis). Used to cover straight and round structures.

Standard Cape Top Cones

Size: 850mm Diameter
Weight:+/-8.5kg (850mm top cone)
Box size:900mm x 900mm x 40mm
Qty Per Box:1 tiles
Description:The cones are manufactured from Cape Thatch Reed (Thamnochortus Insignis).

Our Cape reed tiles were designed with quick and simple installation in mind. Whether you’re installing the tiles on a metal gazebo, a wooden structure or a thatched umbrella, no expertize are needed.

Roof Pitch: When installing Cape reed thatch tiles it is important to only attach to structures with a roof pitch of 30 degrees or more. A thatched roof needs a greater pitch than a regular construction because the pitch plays a role in the effectiveness of water drainage. A higher pitch puts the roof at a less direct angle to the sun (which creates shade),and is more resistant to the effects of winds and rain.
Steel Frame Installation: Clip the Cape reed thatch tiles onto a 8mm diameter galvanized or powder coated steel rod, using the 6 clips affixed to the binding strip. 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. The tiles should be installed in layered courses with a spacing of 350 mm and an overlap of 100 mm.
Wooden Frame (batten) installation method: You can also use nails or staples to attach the tile through the rubber binding strip directly to timber battens. With this type of Cape reed tile installation, ensure that any nails or screws are driven all the way into the binding strip and are not visible. Ensure that you create a 100 mm overlap on these as well to increase resistance to environmental factors and create a fuller appearance.
Tile Coverage: A square meter of roof area will require approximately 3.5 standard Cape reed tiles for effective coverage. The number may vary based on the effect you are seeking as you may need to create layers or a fanning effect.

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.

African Thatch – Basic Thatch / Re-Thatch Guide

To give you a basic idea of how much thatch you’ll need, we’ve put together a few examples. These are just examples, so please give us a call at 1300 900 239 and we’ll gladly go over your plan free of charge, and help you with specific suggestions.

Below is a basic estimate of how many tiles you will need to re-thatch your roof, or add thatch to a brand new structure. Just use the frame size as your guide, and you can see the approximate amounts of tiles.

Please keep in mind:  We highly recommend a 35-40 degree pitch roofs. A good pitch will give you a better aesthetic result, provide easier route for water runoff (thus improving water tightness of the roof), will give you a cooler shade, and will withstand stronger gusts of wind.

These are just basic estimates. If you need a specific estimate or have any questions, please give us a call at 1300 900 239! We’re always here to help!

Round & Oval Shapes


(including thatch overhang)

Tiles QTY Topcone
Round2.3 Diameter2.8 Diameter221
Round2.8 Diameter3.3 Diameter261
Round3.3 Diameter3.8 Diameter381
Round3.8 Diameter4.2 Diameter461
Round4.7 Diameter5 Diameter661
Oval2.3m x 4m2.8 x 4.5441
Oval2.8m x 4.5m3.3 x 5.5481
Oval3.3m x 5.5m3.8 x 6711
Oval3.9m x 5.9m4.2 x 6.2831
Oval4.7m x 6.7m5 x 71071

(All quantities below is just an estimate)

SHAPEFRAME SIZE (m)Tiles QTYCorner Tiles QTY Topcone
Square2 x 218161
Square3 x 342241
Square4 x 476321
Rectangular2 x 331161
Rectangular2 x 443161
Rectangular3 x 460241
Rectangular4 x 5100321