Your Guide To Synthetic Thatch

Fiber Thatch VS. Natural Thatch

Our Fiber Thatch achieves the luxury, atmosphere, charm and nostalgia of a natural thatch roof without the disadvantages normally associated with natural thatched roofs.





Life expectancy

Physical fatigue of material because of different weather conditions does not occur. A Fiber Thatch roof will last more than 50 years.

Life expectancy will vary between 2 and 20 years, depending on climatic conditions and global location. The higher the humidity of the location, the sorter the life generally.


Totally maintenance free. No additional maintenance cost. Or upsetting your daily routine.

Regular (even yearly) cost-intensive maintenance by specialized highly skilled tradesmen will be required.


Fiber Thatch is U.V. Protected. Fading of color will be so slight that it will not be noticeable.

As the natural material decomposes due to the natural composting, the color will change to a dull gray/brown color.

Fire – Fiber Thatch:

Fiber Thatch was tested and achieved a Class B fire rating under the UL 94 test method. The risk of flying sparks does not exist. An open fireplace is allowed.

Natural materials involve a high risk of fire. Even the best fire retardant treatment cannot solve the problem.


Premiums are the same as that of most conventional roof types.

There will be a surcharge. The surcharge can be as high as 100% or insurance can even be refused.

Rodents, birds, insects

A synthetic (plastic) material. Not susceptible.

Bird damage and damage caused by rodents is costly to repair. Preventive measures against insects, is costly and have a low success rate.

Mould, rot and decay

A synthetic (plastic) material. Not susceptible.

Natural Thatch is a fertile ground for moss and decay that is the cause of mould, rot and decay.

Allergies and bacteria

A synthetic (plastic) material. Not susceptible.

People being allergic to various Natural Thatch materials are well-documented. Bacterial growth on natural material also a problem.

Storm damage

Damage is highly unlikely but easily repaired. Fiber Thatch is supplied in a D.I.Y. tile, which is simply replaced or placed back in position.

Highly paid skilled tradesman or artisans are usually needed to repair storm damage.

Danger during storms

It is a soft material and no danger exists that a tile might hurt passersby.

Depending on the material used, damage to other property or to passersby might be a reality.

Wind resistance

Not effected by winds up to 180k.p.h.

The behavior of natural thatch not recorded. No tests conducted.


Installation cost is low, as no specialized craftsmen are needed. The installation process is quick.

Skilled tradesmen and artisans are needed. Remuneration is dictated by the availability of tradesman and artisans. Thatching is a time consuming process.

Transport costs

A fully loaded container packed with Fiber Thatch material cover a roof area of at least 2000 m²

Natural thatch packed in a 40ft. container can cover a maximum of 300m². Transport cost will be nearly 12 times more!


No special equipment needed to move Fiber Thatch. All material packed in boxes designed to maximize container space. Weight per box is only 35kg !!

Natural thatch materials are usually in loose bundles, or even if palletized special equipment is usually needed to handle.

Availability of material

Manufactured in a factory. No seasonal shortages occur.

Natural materials depend on nature to provide. Seasonable shortages, droughts, etc. will play a roll. Supply and demand very influential.


Meets the requirements and codes of most countries in the world.

Special codes apply in most countries regarding the use of natural thatch.

Roof pitch

Can be installed on a pitch as low as 25 degrees.

A minimum pitch of 45 degrees is recommended. The steep pitch means extended walls and more roofing material. Higher costs.



Brochures and Catalogue

Protect Yourself And Your Investment From Hazardous, Low-Grade Synthetic Thatch

Fiber Palm Econo Tile Application: Old Thatch Removed From Frame

The Manual/Installation On Corrugated Metal Sheet Roofing

Fiber Tiles Fitted On to Ibr And/Or Corrugated Roofs

Fiber Thatch Tiles Can Be Fitted To Any Type Of Sub Roof

Fiber Thatch Is Made In Tile Format, And It Resembles That Of Natural Thatch

Your Questions On Fire Retardancy Of Synthetic Thatch Answered

Palm Leaves Were Sent To Trusted Labs For Analysis On Burning Rate

Two Samples Sent To Lab For Another Test According To Ul94

Branz Test Report Application With Staples And Limitations

Exterior Shutter-Ply, Unlike The Other Appearance Grade Ply-Woods

Water Based Polymer Rubberised Product With A Strong Adhesive Bond

Pur004 Is A Two-Component Black Polyurea Hybrid Waterproofing Brush System

The Cornerstone Of The Fiber Roofing Company Culture Is A Fervent Believe

Plywood Is A Flat Wood Panel Made Of Sheets Of Veneer Or Plies

Safety of your guests is most important