Thatched Roofing: An Overview For Cottage Owners

If you want your cottage to have as authentic a look as possible, then consider capping it with a thatched roof. Made from layers of tightly packed water reeds, thatched roofs are not early as common as other roofing options, but they look right at home on top of a little cottage or cabin. Here's a closer look at this unique roofing option.

What are thatched roofs made from?

Thatched roofs are made from natural reed grasses, which are cut and bundled tightly before being secured to the roof using a either series of metal straps or a wooden frame, depending on the thatcher's preference.

How does a thatched roof actually protect a home?

While it may seem unlikely that grasses would actually keep water out of a home, thatching actually does an incredible job as a roofing material. The water reeds are naturally water resistant. They repel water away, and since there are so many layers of them packed so tightly on a thatched roof, water does not stand a chance at getting through. Water only penetrates the first few inches of a thatched roof. Once the sun comes out again, this layer dries back out. The thatch stays in place through high winds and through storms. You don't have to worry about it being cracked or dinged by hail or heavy rain as you would with a tile or metal roof.

What are the other benefits of thatched roofing?

Thatch is an excellent insulator, so it will help keep your cottage's heating bills under control. You may be able to install less of other types of insulation in your home if you choose a thatched roof rather than more conventional roofing.

Thatched roofs are also favored for their eco-friendliness. They are made from natural materials, so they don't pollute the earth when they're removed from the roof—they break down naturally.

Are there any downfalls to thatched roofing?

Though thatched roofing burns slowly and is not as much of a fire risk as you might imagine, it does burn. This makes it a less-than-ideal option if you live where forest fires are common. It can also be hard to find a roofing company that offers thatching, since it is a very intricate art form. You may need to search a pretty large radius around your location to find a thatching company that is willing to come out and put a roof on your cottage.

If you're looking for a beautiful, natural, energy-efficient roofing solution for your cottage, thatching might be right for you. If you want to find out more about what roofing options are available to you, contact a company like Earl Hayes Roofing & Remodeling.