Synthetic thatch roofing

Inspected this roof about 5 years ago. And I was at a loss at the time. I had a ride along with me I believe it was last week and we happen to drive by it.
It was the first one for me. And if the contractor that built it didn’t live across the street. I would have been at loss.
Cool looking though huh?
I bet you won’t find this roof in any of the courses.


That is quite a roof Roy. That must have cost a fortune.

Just image driving up to the property and saying . Ahh Sh*t!
I said that.

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I wasn’t sure if I should put it under Roofing or Landscaping.

Actually, I never saw a synthetic thatch roof. Did you walk it?? LOL

I wonder how it affects the insurance cost… :thinking:

It is beautiful, though.

Jesus no I didn’t walk on it.
A drugged my ladder around all sides twice. And realized I didn’t know what I was looking at.



I saw those roofs when I lived in Tanzania. The hotels were just starting to use it, as they were trying to outlaw real thatch roofs, due to fire risk. But this is a more beautiful roof than I ever saw there! Really beautiful, and I was told that they last for at least 30 years.

Is it synthetic as in the thatching itself, like plastic straws? or panels that look like thatch… cant tell from pics

If I remember correctly it was like this…

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From Roy’s post. Click to enlarge.


Looks like a bunch of straws piled one on top of the other.
Does that need a water tight sub-roof?

That is what I was wondering, too, Marcel.

I don’t know!

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From Roy’s link:

"VIROREED is a synthetic thatch made from HDPE. It is a 100% recyclable material that is maintenance free. Will not rot, mold or shed! The synthetic material resists termites, birds and insects that are the common cause of break down and failure of natural products. ViroReed thatch is sought after among Architect’s, Designer’s, hospitality and zoo’s to create an authentic environment and natural appearance. This 100% waterproof and weather proof material is ideal for structures such as umbrella’s and canopies without a sub roof as water is less likely to permeate."

It looks like it may need a sub roof for houses and such.

Heck no!..

Nice looking roof!

Yes, it is, and it must cost a bundle.

My Uncle was an old school stucco /plaster contractor. He also did a lot of work on Disneyland. He created a thatch roof on his home with stucco back in the 70’s.
The roof is still holding up. His former home has a new life as a winery in Temecula.

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