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Building New Thatch roofs | Lapa and Grasdakke

Building of new thatch roof

When deciding to purchase a thatch house or Lapa, there are some very important aspects to take into account. The following is a list of the specifications and standards that we uphold for each of our clients:

All our inside work is done with Cape Reed or “Sprei” Grass. The outer layer is thatched with normal "Highveld" grass, commonly known as the yellow thatching grass. Top Thatch regard the quality of grass one of the most important aspects of the thatching process. Grass with reeds of 2 to 3mm thick are used. This 0ensures good compaction, density and prevents water penetrating the grass. Grass reeds exceeding 4mm are not suitable for thatching. A well compacted thatch ensures a good, dense thatch which will eventually ensure a longer life span. All grass used is winter cut, ensuring a good quality grass. Our standard thatch thickness is 175mm unless stated otherwise. All our structures are built with SABS approved CCA treated poles.

Building of new thatch roof

Our structures referring to thatches with vertical upright poles are concreted into the ground in a way to allow water seepage and drainage into the ground eliminating any rotting. The ground poles of all our standard thatches are 150-175mm in diameter to ensure a strong stable structure. Horizontal frame poles are 100mm-125mm in diameter and the main rafters are 75mm-100mm in diameter. The diameter of the poles increase as the span becomes wider. All our main supports on the structures are bolted together using mainly 12mm nuts and bolts. All poles have anti-split plates at cut off ends. Structures are varnished. The Cape Reed with the varnished poles complement each other giving it a superior appearance. Fiberglass ridging is used.

Building of new thatch roof


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