A recent article in The Romsey Advertiser reported on a fire that destroyed the roof of an Ampfield hotel. The blaze at Potters Heron Hotel began on accident when a spark in the chimney ignited the hotel’s thatched roof. Keep in mind, fire codes require flame retardant applications on natural thatched roofs. This should not give building owners with thatched roofs a false sense of security.
Ted Kennedy, chairman of Pebble Hotels, said that the damage was confined to the thatched roof, thanks to the efforts of firefighters. In all, 170 emergency staff helped on the scene of the historic hotel last month.
Test Valley fire commander Dan Tasker told The Romsey Advertiser that thatch fires were “notoriously difficult” to gain control of.
With our synthetic thatch, hotel and resort owners have less worry about embers and sparks destroying roofs. See, our synthetic thatch outperforms both natural thatch coated with flame retardants and our synthetic thatch competitors’ products in flame resistance. Plus, our thatch looks just like natural thatch.
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Whether you’re interested in roofing an indoor gazebo or an entire hotel, we’d love to help you choose the right product for the job.
Check out our synthetic thatch roofing materials now to find one that’s right for you:
- Capetown– A trimmed, coarsely textured, longer reed. Replicates African Yellow Grass or “Cape Reed” that replicates the typical African style thatching.
- Kilimanjaro– A heavy reed replicating a traditional weathered, Tanzanian cape reed roof.
- Somerset– A closely tapered, slightly weathered appearing shingle. Replicates a typical, hand trimmed European thatching.
- Kona– A combination of wide leaf and smaller grass reed. Replicates the look of Hawaiian “Pili Grass” and Asian Alang-Alang grass thatching.
- Dominica– A synthetic palm leaf style thatching. Replicates palm leaves commonly used in tropical regions throughout the world.
- Bali– A finer, loosely tapered, slightly longer shingle designed to resemble the appearance of East Asian grass thatching.
- Viva Series– An especially economical synthetic palm thatch.