What Is UV Degradation And How Does It Affect Synthetic Thatch Roofs?

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UV degradation usually comes from sunlight exposure. See, it refers to the cracking or breaking down of materials exposed to ultraviolet radiation. When materials absorb ultraviolet radiation energy from the sun, sometimes the bonds holding the material together break down. So, polymer chains exposed to UV radiation sometimes lose molecular weight and deteriorate. For example, take polystyrene. So, polystyrene is one of the most important creations in the plastic industry. Yet, when exposed to ultraviolet radiation in the presence of air, it rapidly yellows and eventually becomes brittle.

We see UV degradation in materials located outdoors often. Sometimes, simply reducing sunlight exposure or providing a housing structure around the material is all that it takes. Of course, neither of these fixes make sense when it comes to thatch roofing. Also, simply maintaining the original structure of the material isn’t the goal when it comes to synthetic thatch either. UV exposure also causes discoloration and loss of glass. Neither of these problems are acceptable to us at Endureed.


The sun can be very damaging to some synthetic thatch roofs. Still, our roofs have you covered! Even the most beautiful colors of our synthetic thatch are safe thanks to our superior UV protection. Endureed’s UV protection is not applied to the synthetic thatch, it’s a part of it. Our UV protection is so effective that our warranty covers even color degradation. Our synthetic thatch consists of hi-grade PVC compound that withstands even daily, direct sun exposure.