Thinking about using synthetic thatch roofing materials for your next project? We understand dealing with thatch roofing can be overwhelming, which is why we want to help make the process as simple as possible for you. We’re here to help answer any questions you may have. Take a look at six common questions about synthetic thatch including, what is synthetic thatch, what is the difference between natural and synthetic thatching, and is it better than natural thatch?
What is synthetic thatch?
Synthetic thatch is an alternative roofing solution to natural thatching. With synthetic thatch, you can capture the beauty of natural thatch without any of the problems. You don’t have to worry about the risk of fire, harsh weather conditions, infestations, or any maintenance costs. High-quality synthetic thatch can be made from HDPE, high-density polyethylene, or PVC materials and delivers the durability of commercial-grade building products so your roof will last longer without breaking down over time.
Is synthetic thatch better than natural thatch?
While natural thatch is beautiful and initially less expensive, synthetic thatch is a quality long-term investment that eliminates the risks of natural thatching. Synthetic thatch is designed to withstand extreme weather conditions without breaking down over time and will last significantly longer. Most synthetic thatch shingles are also fire resistant without the use of any chemical flame retardants. Plus, synthetic thatch is infestation resistant and won’t attract any rodents, bugs and other pests.
Many insurance companies no longer cover natural thatch roofs due to their predisposed risk of fire. However, insurance companies will insure a synthetic thatch roof because they are extremely low risk for fire. In many cases, the insurance cost alone can decrease by 50% when installing a quality synthetic thatch vs a natural thatch roof.
How long does a synthetic thatch roof last?
Because synthetic thatch is made with high-quality HDPE or PVC materials, it is built to last 20-years. Additionally, synthetic thatch roofs do not need to be replaced or maintained throughout their lifetime. Compare that to natural thatch roofs where a full re-thatch of the roof is required on average every five years.
Is synthetic thatch weather-proof?
Synthetic thatch is designed to withstand the elements including rain, snow, hail, and wind without deteriorating over time. With the use of modern installation techniques and innovative design, synthetic thatch is the perfect roofing material for tropical islands, snowy mountain ranges and everything in between.
Is synthetic thatch roofing fire-resistant?
Yes and no. Most synthetic thatch shingles are designed with fire-resistant materials and do not need any chemical flame retardant applications. However, synthetic thatch, with a Class A fire rating, guarantees your roof can withstand severe exposure to fire. A Class A fire rating is the most stringent rating available for building materials. Products with this classification are certified and guaranteed to protect your resort, vacation home, or backyard oasis.
What types of synthetic thatch are available?
Synthetic thatch is versatile and available in various styles to fit your unique design idea. From traditional African-style thatching to tropical-island inspired thatch, you will find many unique styles, colors and textures to choose from. Take a look at our Regions and VIVA Palm products to explore different styles of synthetic thatch.
Ready to use synthetic thatch for your next project? Endureed is the industry standard in synthetic thatch roofing materials. Our synthetic thatch has been used on a variety of commercial and residential projects for 20 years. From palapas and tiki huts to world-class resorts and leading amusement parks, Endureed is the product of choice for durable, authentic thatch roofing. Fill out our Quick Quote form below to get started or call (877) 784-2824 to talk to a thatch expert today!