Thatched Roofs

Thatched roofing is a traditional skill passed down over the centuries from one generation of thatchers to the next. These sustainable roof coverings are crafted using straw, reed, palms or similar natural material. As our name suggests, our preferred material is Cape Reed (Thamnochortus insignis) often referred to as the ‘African bulrush’ which is a plant indigenous to South Africa and exclusively found on a strip of coastal land spanning approximately 78km x 23kms.

The African reed is harvested after six years, unlike other types of plants used in thatching and roof manufacture which are harvested after only six months. The advantage of the Cape Reed’s slow growth, is the solid structure which provides greater durability and stability. The reed is more resistant to rot and decay compared to other types of natural materials. The quality of the material allows Cape Reed to guarantee our thatched roofing for 15 years.

  • 100% organic and therefore sustainable
  • Last up to 50 years (when well maintained)
  • Naturally waterproof and UV resistant
  • Solid core providing durability and strength
  • Attractive natural element suitable for all types of buildings including thatched gazebos

Contact us to find out more about the versatility and benefits of thatched roofs. Our team of designers and craftsmen will be happy to advise you. Call for a no obligation quotation.

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Cape Reed’s thatch roofing transforms the La Zagaleta New Club House in Benahavís, Spain

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