HOUSE, LODGE & LAPA THATCHING

Roofing Unlimted specializes in Thatch Homes, Lodges, Gazebos, New Structures, Combing, Re-thatching and maintenance work of any size in and around Durban, Kwazulu Natal. There is no job too big or small, our friendly staff will gladly assist you with all your thatching requirements.

We pride ourselves on being the best therefore we only use the best materials available for thatching.

Thatching Methodology

New Thatch Structures

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Rafters and roof trusses will be constructed in situ at 45° with poles of diameter.
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Rafters will be 100mm – 125mm, uprights and beams 125/150mm diameter.
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Pole spacing’s will not exceed more than 900mm between centres!
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Structural junctions will be bolted with either 10mm or 12mm galvanised rods.
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All poles will be CCA treated and conform to SABS standards.
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The battening will be CCA treated Xingu’s (laths) at 250mm centres.

Thatch Capping

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Thatch at the roof apex will be bent over the ridge of the roof and fixed to the opposite side of the existing gum pole laths.
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A cement mixture of 4:1 i.e. 2 wheelbarrows to 50kg bag will be used.
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250 Micron plastic will be used as an underlay to the concrete and cut to cover the last stitch of twine only. A minimum space of 100mm will be created at the end of the capping to ensure that the cement mix binds with the underlying thatch.
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25mm x 0.9mm netting wire to extend over entire width of capping.
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50mm thick cement capping to extend over the last layer of thatch ensuring that the butt ends are secured by the capping (this ensures that birds are unable to pull the thatch from under the ridge). Capping to be floated to a smooth even finish.
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Expansion joints at no more than 3 meters apart.
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SABS fire retardant certification can also be provided.

Grass Specifications

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The sprei laag (internal layer) will be selected long stemmed thatch which is cleaned by use of a nail comb.
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Only guaranteed frost cured, fully grown thatch grass of the Hyperrhenia Hirta species which has been cleared of all leaf and sheath residue and which is free of mould will be used.
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The thatching grass will be beige/yellow in colour and shall have a maximum body moisture of 10% to 15% by mass.
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Only straight pieces that have been cut above the first notch will be used.
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The grass will be 800mm to 1500mm in length, with the ends ranging from 2mm to 3.5mm diameter.
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We will ensure that all seed ends of back thatch (sprei laag) are covered thus ensuring the uniformity of the colour.
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All grass stems will be concealed by laths.
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Roofs will be thatched to a thickness of between 150mm – 200mm which is measured at right angles to the roof.
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All roof valleys will be fitted with galvanized valley liners, or aluminium in coastal areas.
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Stitching will be done using a double strand of sisal tar twine.

Need a Thatch Roofing Quote?

Roofing Unlimited can build you a new thatch roof, we also do thatching repairs, thatch capping and lapa construction in and around Durban, Kwazulu Natal.

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Contact Details

Jean-Pierre Du Toit

0823308978

36 Langford Road, Westville, Durban, 3629

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