Life expectancy 50 years minimum Requires continuos replacement and repair.
Effect of birds, rodents and insects Not susceptible Will cause rapid breakdown especially in tropical or damp climates.
Allergies and bacteria Synthetic material does not harbour these May be responsible for these
Storm damage Easily repaired as comes in DIY tile for easy placement May require skilled labour for repairs
Cyclone or storm danger Soft material presents no physical danger in high winds Some thatch material softer than others
Installation Cost is low - no specialised craftsmen required Thatched roofs, especially of houses, require high skill level for installation
Transport cost Large area of roof cover per container Less than one quarter roof area, in same size container, than with fibrethatch
Mobility No special equipment required Must be kept dry. Occupies large volume
Availability Manufactured in factory Seasonal shortages of roof materials can occur
Code Being manufactured to meet fire requirements of countries throughout the world Need treatment and retreatment to meet many countries, building codes
Roof pitch Can be installed as low as 33° Conventional thatch roof required pitch of 45° or above
Colour Retains new thatch colour for life Rapidly darkens from installation date
Recycling Increasing amounts of materials being used in production Finite amount of new natural thatch available



Advantages of using the Fibre Thatch company

• Draws on over 20 years thatching experience in Australia

• Incorporates a total landscape design approach to the project

• We have the passion to constantly improve the finished product

• Fibre Thatch personnel have been involved in every aspect of design, refinement and construction of high quality kits which have found a home in all corners of Australia.

Depending on the project, Cape Reed Thatch or Fibre Thatch can be adapted for your specific need.