How long does a thatch roof last in typical Southern African conditions?

The answer should be between 20 to 30 years depending on climate conditions. Because the ridiculous quality that has been available in the market place for the past 10 years, the general public’s perception is that a thatch roof only lasts between 6 to 10 years. This is unfortunately true for work of 90% of so called thatch experts.

Why Rundu Grass?

Rundu reed dramatically enhances the internal appearance of the roof. It is also dust-free compared to grass used as a ceiling layer. An added advantage of Rundu reed is that it is a very cost effective way of thatching.

What about bird damage?

This is the single most common problem with any thatch roof in Namibia today. This does not happen due to poor workmanship, or poor quality of grass, but can be caused by a variety of factors. The most important principle for any owner of a new or old thatch roof is to know that this can easily be fixed.

What makes African Thatch different?

Mr. Pieter du Preez established African Thatch in 1998. The business has since grown into a respected brand name in Namibia, performing work in all wind directions. The foundation of the business is founded on “customer service”, “get the customer involved”, and “quality of workmanship”.

Harvesting of Grass

Whether your project is done in winter or summer, we only use grass harvested in winter. The winter’s of Namibia is cold and dry, which allow the grass harvested during this period very suitable for thatching. It will not be wise to harvest grass during the summer in Namibia as this will have a big influence on the shrinkage and loosening of the roof, due to high moisture content. Grass must be stored in well ventilated under roof areas to ensure that it will be dry enough for thatching.