Thatch roofing - Beautiful thatch
Traditional thatch roofing is arguably the most beautiful and
natural looking roofing material available, you might well be
surprised by the availability of alternative similar products
that can be very innovatively used to create a specific look or
be used at locations where this material might not be as readily
AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THATCH
a perfectly natural & ecological product. It is consists of coco
palm leaves , knitted on the stem of the plant, which tastefully
combine with the natural environment, due to their earthly color
and their discreet natural perfume.
leaves come from Africa and they are used in constructions with
techniques that have been used for centuries in many countries
for ordinary thatching.
leaves, as a raw material, is not considered to be a
construction material although it has been tested for a long
time against all weather conditions, presenting a great
resistance towards rain, snow, strong winds and other weather
phenomena. Except for the above qualities, as with ordinary
thatching, makuti leaf constructions offer excellent insulation
and sound absorbance.
applied especially in rural environments, makuti leaves creates
a unique result with constructions such as ecological roofs,
umbrellas, pergolas, kiosks etc.
Unfortunately these leaves most of the time only has a 10 year
life duration opposed to ordinary thatching which can easily
last for 25 years, but the main reason for application would be
its’ incomparable aesthetics in rustic or other specific
environments where it can be very innovatively incorporated with
the natural surroundings.
AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THATCH
past few years architects & designers have become much more
environmentally aware, and lately words like ‘sustainability’
‘green architecture’ & ‘strawbale construction’ is used very
often. It is not very common to have straw bale blocks as a
roofing material but can be very innovatively used as can be
seen in the pictures above (see below for website details).
wood, straw is produced by photosynthesis, a natural,
non-polluting process which is fuelled by solar energy. Unlike
wood, straw is annually renewable. Being a non-nutritious
by-product of cereal grain farming, straw is often laid to waste
and sometimes burnt, causing air pollution.
bale construction is much faster and less labour intensive than
conventional thatching. The battens are spaced further apart and
thus less roof timber is used as well. Unlike conventional
thatching, straw bale roof construction techniques are
uncomplicated and easy to learn by unskilled people and do not
require expensive tools.
bales also do not pose a fire hazard as, having been compressed,
they lack sufficient oxygen to support combustion.
roof construction might well be an innovative substitute to ordinary
thatching, in some places where aesthetics is not of that much
importance and where a cheaper, faster and perhaps temporary solution is