Many resorts that utilize thatch roofing for accessory structures are actually in Wind Borne Debris Regions. Wind Borne Debris Regions are areas within the Hurricane Prone Regions located within a mile of the coastal mean high water line where ever the basic wind speed is equal to or greater than 110 mph. Also, Hawaii is in a Wind Borne Debris Region. Lastly, any other area with a basic wind speed is equal or greater than 120 mph is a Wind Borne Debris Region. But what does this mean?
ASCE requirements change in Wind Borne Debris Regions for safety reasons. Structures in these areas require protection from flying debris. For example, you must protect windows with plywood or steel shutters or a glazing system.
Specific local building codes have various rules in Wind Borne Debris Regions. Generally speaking though, the concern is over safety. So, business owners can build natural thatch gazebos if they choose. Something to consider though: Should you? Wouldn’t it be smarter to choose a more wind-resistant product that offers the same ambiance?
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Whether you’re interested in roofing a 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.