If you have a country cottage and want to maintain the rustic, cottage look, then you may want to consider capping it with a thatched roof. This style of roofing looks so much more cottage-like than a shingle, tile, or metal roof. Here's a closer look at thatched roofing and what it entails.
What is thatched roofing made from?
Thatched roofs are made from either water reeds or straw. Though these materials may not sound like they would make for a sturdy roof, they are bundled together very tightly when used for thatching. Both materials naturally repel water, and when they are bundled together so tightly and applied in a thick layer, they shed water very well.
How is a thatched roof applied?
You cannot just call any roofing company and ask them to come install a thatched roof on your cottage. Thatching is an art form, and it is one that is becoming less and less common. You'll need to find a roofer who specializes in thatching.
To apply the thatched roof to your home, they will typically begin by creating a metal framework. The bundled thatching will be attached to this framework and tied down using special rope and wires.
What are the benefits of thatching?
Thatched roofing has been used in some areas of Europe for centuries. It's not just an attractive style of roof for a cottage, but it's also very energy-efficient as it provides an excellent layer of insulation. Thatching is also a sustainable roofing choice, since it is made from natural materials, so it may help you satisfy green building codes or your own eco-friendly building goals.
Are there any drawbacks to thatched roofing?
Thatched roofing can be expensive since it takes a long time and a lot of skill to apply. It's also not a good choice if you live in an area where forest fires are prevalent, since the thatching materials are more likely to catch fire than are more modern roofing materials like tile and metal sheets. Though thatching is not nearly as prone to wind damage as you would think a straw roof would be, it's also not the best choice if windstorms and hurricanes are common where you live.
To learn more about thatched roofing, reach out to a roofing company, like Landmark Roofing. They can come look over your cottage and give you an estimate, which should help you decide whether or not this is the best rustic roof for your needs.