Thatch Tiles are an excellent way of creating a thatched roof without the expense and time associated with a genuine thatched roof. As a diy thatching system, this style of thatched tile reed roofing is easy to install, durable and long lasting. The Thatch Tiles themselves are naturally flexible allowing them to be used on unusual designs, and require no special tools or skills to install.
What is the difference between the two tile types - Cape Reed and Combination?
A: Cape Reed Thatch Tiles have a lifespan of 6-7 years and are constructed entirely from natural reed. Synthetic Combination Thatch Tiles have a lifespan of 12-14 years and are partially natural reed and partially synthetic material, this means they have a greater fade resistance and longevity on your roof.
In addition to providing you with initial installation advice such as how to calculate the coverage required for a new project and how to care for your thatched tiles, we can also advise you of the number of tiles needed to re-cover existing garden buildings from any manufacturer. Please note, all thatch tile calculations based on dimensions provided by a customer are an estimate.
To ensure you get the upmost protection from your roof, we would always recommend the use of heavy tiles for the top row of circular structures due to the tighter radius at this point. Every shape of structure also requires either a cap or ridge tile at the very top to complete the roof.
All of our Cape Reed Thatch Tile and Combination Thatch Tile options are shown below, along with installation instructions...
Covers sharp direction changes such as hips found on rectangular, hexagonal or octagonal roofs.
800mm bottom width x 380mm top width x 420mm high.
Standard Cape Reed Corner Tile £21.99 per tile (incl VAT) No combination alternative to the corner tile at this time - please enquire for advice if you require these.
Standard tiles are supplied in boxes of 6 tiles and cover 1.6 sqm.
All of our Thatch Tiles can be made Fire Retardant. This will be an additional cost of £2.99 per tile (incl VAT)
All Cape Reed Tiles are supplied with clips that can be fastened to an 8mm bar or rope and this is the recommended way to install. If required they can be nailed to a standard roof batten.
We would recommend a minimum roof pitch of 30 degrees. Thatched tiles should be installed with a minimum overlap of 50mm. Once installed tiles are 98% watertight, require no maintenance and have a lifespan of 6-10 years.
If you have one of The Lapa Company gazebos and would prefer not to see the tiles and fixings from inside your structure, you can purchase a canvas roof lining from our Accessories range. Roof linings are available in over 30 different colours and made from UV resistant material. They are easy to add to your structure after the tiles are in place.
Please note when using corner tiles the distance between fixings should be reduced from 350mm to 250mm.