How to Avoid Decay and Rot on Natural Thatch Roofs

Thatched roofs are gorgeous—but what happens when they start to rot and decay?

Rot and Decay on Natural Thatch

When natural thatch gets wet, it can start to rot and decay. That’s particularly true if the roof is beneath the shade of a tree or another structure; it won’t be able to get the natural sunlight it needs to dry out. That’s true if the roof becomes covered in leaves (such as when leaves gather on a valley roof), too, because the leaves will hold in dampness and moisture.

When a roof is made from natural thatch, it’ll have a shorter lifespan if it’s in the shade; typically, those types of roofs do better when they’re under a full day of sun.

How to Avoid Rot and Decay on a Thatch Roof

For most business owners, the solution to rot and decay problems with thatched roofs is simple: Invest in synthetic thatch. It lasts longer, looks great, and is easier to maintain.

Check Out Endureed’s Synthetic Thatch

Whether you’re operating a resort in the tropics or you have a rental shack on the beach, a synthetic thatch roof might be perfect for you.

Check out our synthetic thatch roofing materials now to find one that’s right for you:


We’d be happy to show you how Endureed can provide you with the perfect synthetic thatch roofing for your business.

Call us at 877-784-2824 or get in touch with us online to learn more. You can also view the technical specs on each of our roofing products by creating a free Endureed user account now.



Angie Johnston
Author: Angie Johnston