For the past 40 years we have been actively building thatched roofs all over the world. Thatched roofs are extremely beautiful and appealing but the thatching processes are very labour intensive and maintenance is also very labour intensive.
The real problem with natural thatched roofs is the natural reeds, grasses and palm leaves that are being used during the thatch process.
The main reason is that the natural reeds, grasses and palm leaves are essentially dead once they have been harvested to be used for thatching of roofs. This dead plant material can no longer protect itself against the elements of nature the way it was able to when the material was still attached to the plants they have been harvested from.
Once these natural reeds, grasses and palm leaves lose their moisture and dry out the natural degrading process are initiated and the materials start decomposing. This happens due to the retention of moisture during rain and condensation caused by temperature fluctuations between daytime and night time. When this wet moisture filled natural reeds, grasses and palm leaves are exposed to the UV rays of the sun, the natural decomposing/decaying process occurs.
Geographically the areas in the world that have higher rainfall or higher humidity yield shorter life spans for thatched roofs. The UV rays / moisture combination are the death sentence to thatched roofs. Over the years we have treated natural thatching materials to extend the life span, but the treatment made no real difference to the eventual outcome.
It became very clear to us that the only solution that will work is to find a synthetic thatching material. Since 1996 we have seriously experimented with numerous materials and methods and firmly believe we have developed the absolute best synthetic thatching material (plastic thatch) in the world.
Not only does our Fiber Thatch Polypropylene look exactly like the real McCoy but it is also far superior in terms of longevity and durability when compared to anything available in the world market today.
As the manufacturer of Fiber Thatch synthetic thatch products we can offer you the best possible solutions, advice and prices on the most realistic synthetic thatch available in the world.
The FiberPalm was designed to replace the many types of natural palm thatch roofs in the world. Our Fiber Bali (Alang Alang) and Fiber Makuti match the appearance of the natural roofs to such an extent that you can hardly see the difference. The only real difference is that the natural materials will have to be replaced with in 5 to 10 years while our Fiber Palm will never need to be replaced.
The FiberReed was designed to be replacing traditional thatch grass/reed roofs. A special eave section creates that thick thatch roof edge finish so typical in traditional English/Europe and South African traditional thatch roofs. By simply letting the particles droop over the edge a more tropical look can be accomplished.