Thatch roofing isn’t just for the summer

by | Jun 30, 2020 | Blog, Outdoor Inspiration

Most people think of a gazebo as cool place to relax that provides shade in the garden. However, there is another equally important benefit, it also provides a dramatic focal point which can completely change the way you use your garden.

You may not have considered that in addition to providing shade, gazebos can also be super cosy and warm, allowing you to spend time outdoors on a winter day or night.

Interior of gazebo with African reed thatch roofing

Interior of gazebo with African reed thatch roofing

HOW GAZEBOS PROVIDE WARMTH IN WINTER

Cape Reed’s gazebos are created using natural materials with insulating properties, which regulates the heat in the garden structure, helping to keep the interior cool in the summer and warm in the winter months.

The low heat transfer value of our garden structures reflects the heat from the structure in the summer and traps it under the roof in the winter, which can change the temperature by up to 10°C.

Insulting properties of African reed thatch roofing allows you to enjoy your gazebo all year round.

Insulting properties of African reed thatch roofing allows you to enjoy your gazebo all year round.

Con la llegada de invierno, el aumento del calor por debajo de su thatched roofing puede ser tan simple como añadir una chimenea durante la construcción. La colocación estratégica de un calentador de espacio podría ser igual de eficaz. Esto da lugar a una estructura ecológica que se pueden disfrutar durante todo el año, añadiendo el ambiente de la naturaleza distinta a cualquier hogar y el jardín.

HEALTH AND SAFETY RISKS

Interior view of a house with African reed thatch roofing

Interior view of a house with African reed thatch roofing

Any construction and garden structures made natural materials are a potential fire risk. However, Cape Reed has developed a system whereby all structures are finished with fire retardant material to improve safety. During the construction process, a fire retardant cover that can withstand temperatures up to 500°C is combined with the straw. In addition, we add a second layer of protection in the form of a specially developed fire-retardant chemical spray – Fireshield – to protect thatched roofs. This product has been developed for Cape Red by Magma (a Dutch company) which is has been independently tested and certified by the EU.