Natural-vs-endureed-2 - Benefits of Synthetic Thatch vs. Natural Thatch for Roofing

There are several good reasons why you should choose synthetic thatch over natural thatch.

Why Should You Choose Synthetic Thatch Over Natural Thatch?

Ease of Installation

First of all, Endureed’s patented synthetic thatch roofing products are easy for any roofer to install. Even DIY enthusiasts have great success installing our products. General contractors find it much easier to find an available roofer than it is to find a master thatcher, too. 

Further, Endureed takes about 50% less time to install compared to a natural thatch roof. Check out our installation videos to see how both our Premium and VIVA Palm products are installed.

If you do choose natural thatch, you should know one important thing: No contractor should even consider hiring anyone less experienced than a master thatcher. Natural thatch installation requires expert craftsmanship.

Less Maintenance

Regular and proper maintenance is key to keeping a natural thatch roof in shape. And this maintenance can cost significantly more than synthetic thatch roof maintenance because a master thatcher is required to do the job right. Let’s face it, this is not a situation you want to find yourself in. Business owners and homeowners alike do not want the constant headaches that come with natural thatch.  For instance, no one wants to check thatch placement after every storm.

Less Animal Infestation

Natural thatch attracts rodents, birds, bugs and other animals. Synthetic thatching does not attract these pests. It doesn’t require the business owner or homeowner to endure regular pest control efforts. Thatch is beautiful and exotic. It sets an ambiance. We get that.

There’s nothing beautiful or exotic, however, about pests living in your roof. Plus, regular visits from exterminators doesn’t set a nice ambiance either. Synthetic thatch offers all the beauty and exotic ambiance you desire. Our thatch looks and feels like natural thatch.

Eco-Friendly Option

Too many business owners and homeowners think that natural thatch is a greener option than synthetic thatch. You can make it clear that the thatched roofing industry and the agricultural industry no longer go hand in hand. Centuries ago, thatch could be cut for roofs while seeds and grains were utilized for agricultural purposes. The invention of the combine broke that relationship apart. Now, roofing thatch is usually grown separate from food crop fields. This demand increases fertilizer and pesticide use. Actually, reports indicate that the demand causes negative effects on the land, soil and nearby water sources. Meanwhile, our synthetic thatch is recyclable and uses a significant amount of recycled materials to create the end product.

Plus Endureed is a part of the green building movement. Endureed is an eco-friendly thatch that supports LEED Certification. Endureed products are made from recycled materials and help reduce waste because of their longevity and durability. Endureed’s PVC and HDPE formulas do not degrade which means they won’t cause toxic run off, unlike chemically-treated natural thatch. Endureed roofing materials are also 100% recyclable. When you choose Endureed, you don’t have to worry about increasing your carbon footprint. Endureed is committed to sustainability which makes it a great option for environmentally friendly thatch roofing.

Less Risk of Fire Issues

Finally, your clients should understand that natural thatch is a fire hazard. Granted, natural thatched roofs are coated (as required by law) on site with  a chemical flame retardant application every two years in order to comply with local, state and federal fire and building codes, but this application doesn’t last forever. Hence, reapplication is needed. More chemical applications increase the roof’s costs further. 

Endureed’s thatch outperforms natural thatch and other synthetic thatch in fire tests. Plus, it remains fire resistant for the life of the roof. Endureed products are made from Class A fire resistant materials and are non-flammable so you don’t have to worry about the risk of fire. Endureed is the only Class A fire rated product that meets fire safety guidelines. Whether you need to meet fire safety codes or you want peace of mind that your roof is safe, Endureed products are manufactured with safety features in mind.


Endureed captures the beauty of natural thatch without the natural problems so you can have a durable and authentic roof with the quality you deserve. Thatch is a popular choice all over the world, and Endureed’s line of engineered thatch represents the best that the world’s thatch roof traditions have to offer—from Africa to Europe to Asia.


Endureed products are 100% rain, snow, hail and rot proof. They are also Florida Product Approved with a wind rating up to 200 mph. With Endureed products, your roof will look the same and retain its color for decades because they are UV resistant. Plus, you don’t have to worry about mold, deterioration or pesky infestations, unlike natural thatch.

20-Year Warranty

Endureed products also come with a 20-year warranty and are maintenance-free, which means you don’t have to replace your roof every eight years like you would with natural thatch. Endureed lasts longer than natural thatch because it was designed with durability in mind.


While a natural thatch roof may cost you less initially, an Endureed roof is a quality long-term investment that will save you money. Less than five years into the lifespan of a roof, a synthetic roof by Endureed becomes less costly than a natural thatched roof. 

There are continual, annual costs associated with a natural thatch roof including rethatching, pest control, flame retardant application and regular patching. But with synthetic thatch you will get a return on your initial investment within a few years of installation.

Are You Ready to Choose Endureed Synthetic Thatch vs. Natural Natural?

Endureed offers durable, authentic and worry-free synthetic thatch roofing materials so you can get the roof you deserve without the stress of natural thatch. When deciding on a thatch roof for your next project, remember the benefits of using synthetic thatch vs. natural thatch:

  • Ease of Installation
  • Less Maintenance
  • Less Animal Infestation
  • Eco-Friendly Option
  • Less Risk of Fire Issues
  • Authenticity
  • Durability 
  • 20-Year Warranty
  • Affordability 

Are you ready to use Endureed for your next project? Contact a thatch roofing expert today at (866) 891-1509 or fill out our Quick Quote form below to get started!


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