A natural thatch roof relies on a steeply pitched roof to prevent water leaks. Provided that the thatch tops a steeply pitched roof, the water won’t penetrate a natural thatched roof in good shape more than an inch deep. The absolute minimum pitch tolerable for a natural thatch roof is said to be 45 degrees, or a 12 pitch. That means that the height rises 12 inches vertically for every 12 inches of horizontal run. It’s also called a “12-in-12 pitch” and can be written “12:12.”

At any rate, that’s the minimum pitch to keep a building water tight when a natural thatch roof sits atop it. Also, it’s more desirable for a 50 degrees or steeper pitch when using natural thatch. So, let’s say you want the thatch look, bit you don’t have a steeply pitched roof. Then what?

Endureed synthetic thatch is preferable for a number of reasons. Setting aside obvious advantages like mold resistance, pest resistance, and flame resistance, Endureed would still be the smartest choice for a thatch look on any roof. This is especially true if you don’t have a steeply pitched roof. Our synthetic thatch roofing system works for any roofs with a pitch 2:12 or greater. So, for every 12 horizontal feet, the roof must drop a mere two feet to install this synthetic thatch product. That’s makes an angle of just 9.5 degrees!


Interested in roofing an umbrella for your backyard or an entire hotel? We’d love to help you choose the right product for your specific needs.

Check out our synthetic thatch roofing materials now. One is certainly right for you:

We’d love to show you how Endureed can provide you with your perfect synthetic thatch product.


So, call us at 877-784-2824, or get in touch with us online. Also, view the technical specs on each of our roofing products.

Author: Endureed