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Thatch Reed Panels
Thatch reed panels are made from a natural thatch reed found in Africa which is bonded together with a flexible urethane top strip to form a tough almost waterproof thatch panel or thatch shingle.
These thatch reed panels can be used outdoors on top of existing roofs to create a natural thatch roof appearance or they can be used on wood or steel frames such as umbrellas to create a tropical thatch umbrella.
- Shade structures created with Thatch Reed Panels are 5-10% cooler than regular shade materials.
- When layered at 12" on center the Thatch Reed Panels are 99% waterproof.
- These panels typically last 4-5 years depending on location. Hot dry climates are best.
- Fire Retardant panels are available with a certificate for Fire Marshalls.
Thatch Reed Panels can be used for a number of applications from a tropical shade structures to African themed awnings. No special skills are required for installation - just a few panels can transform something ordinary to Tropical or Safari ambiance.
Dimensions: 31"w x 16-18"l x 1"t (800mm x 450mm x 350mm).
Length exposed: 12" (350mm).
Panel coverage: 2.5 sq ft (0.28m2).
Panel weight: 10 lbs 9oz (4.8kg).
Binder: Flexible 2 component polyurethane mixture reinforced with shade cloth glued together at one end.
Box: 6 panels per box.
Very quick and easy to install - no special tools or skills needed.
Thatch tiles can either be clipped over a 1/4" (8mm) steel rod or nailed with 2" (50mm) nails or stapled to wooden battens.
The minimum suggested pitch should be 30 degrees, but a steeper pitch will increase water run-off and longevity.
The thatch tiles are installed in layered courses (See Sketch below). Full instructions for the D.I.Y. customer.
|Thatch Reed Panels (non-fired retarded) 31" x 16" x 1.5"||1-panel||$26.00|
|Thatch Reed Top Cone (non-fired retarded) - 31" diameter||1-top cone||$102.00|
|Fire Retarding available - CALL FOR PRICING|
FAQ: Thatch Reed Panels
How do I install the Thatch Reed panels on my existing home’s roof?:
If you are installing African Reed Panels on an existing roof, you will need to install those panels every 12" Additionally, you will need a grid structure built on the roof to allow for water run-off. This grid structure is nothing more that a series of furring strips first applied vertically on the roof then horizontally. Then the thatch reed panels are applied via staples directly to the strips. This allows for water to naturally run off the roof and not be trapped under the panels.
If I have a Tiki hut in the back yard and want Thatch Reed panels applied to the roof, what do I need to do?:
If you have an existing Tiki hut or Spa cover with a grass or palm roof and want to change to an African thatch roof, you simply remove the existing roof and apply the Reed panels every 12 inches. These need to be stapled on at a minimum pitch of 30 degrees for structures with no sub-roof. The steeper the pitch the more water-proof the structure will be.
How do I attach Thatch Reed panels to my structure?:
We recommend using galvanized 1 1/2" staples, with a 1/2" or 1/4" crown depending on the staple gun. This will require a heavy-duty staple gun which can be rented at your local home improvement store.
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