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Get Your Thatching Guide and Construction Manual

Written by Jan Lombaard on . Posted in Thatched Roofs & Lapas

The Thatching Guide & Construction Manual guides you through planning of a thatched roof or lapa, what tools and material are used when constructing a thatched roof or lapa, the life expectancy of thatch, what to know when appointing a contractor, how to take care of a thatched roof, tips on designing and constructing, classification of the characeristics of thatch, fire precautions, detailed calculation of poles required, costing and ordering of material, the procedure of roof construction, quality issues, technical detail and different lapa shapes.

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If you are thinking of planning your own thatched roof or lapa, or buying a thatch dwelling you should consider the following aspects, which may be vital to you in the years to come. Thatching has been practiced all over the world for many years in different countries in different ways. Thinking of thatch, people almost always think of the negative aspects, however, a lot has been done to rectify this in industry. Our aim is to give you a general introduction to the Thatching trade in South Africa so that you can gain some knowledge of the trade in order to appreciate the value of “good thatching”…

 

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Buy Lapa Plans on Thatching Connection

Written by Jan Lombaard on . Posted in Thatched Roofs & Lapas

Lapa Plans – Detailed plans complete with views, a description of poles, material needed and a costing of the roof.

  • Detailed plans complete with views
  • Description of poles needed
  • Material needed and an estimation of costs to build the roof
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Planning a Thatched roof

Written by Jan Lombaard on . Posted in Thatched Roofs & Lapas

If you are thinking of planning your own thatched roof or lapa, or buying a thatched house you should consider the following aspects, which may be vital to you in the years to come.

Thatching has been practiced all over the world for many years in different countries in different ways. Thinking of thatch, people almost always think of the negative aspects, however, a lot has been done to rectify this in industry. Our aim is to give you a general introduction to the Thatching trade in South Africa so that you can gain some knowledge of the trade in order to appreciate the value of “good thatching”.

There are thatched structures and lapas in South Africa that has lasted for many years with the correct building techniques used and maintenance done, and there are many other thatched roofs and lapas that are merely just existing or rotting away. We feel this is due to the lack of knowledge of good thatching practice in the market. We strive to give knowledge about thatching in general so that you can make informed choices about your lapa or thatched roof.

We like to compare thatching to the general building trade. As you get cheap products with inferior qualities and characteristics you also get expensive products with good features and characteristics. The fact is the one gives you peace of mind for many years and the other may give you peace of mind only for a relatively short time, and cost you a arm and a leg to maintain. Thatch need not be an expensive liability. Regular maintenance will prolong its life and maintain its attractive appearance and investment value but sound advice and expert craftsmanship are essential.

Because of the diversity of thatched roofs there are many factors that play a role in the building of a proper thatched roof or thatched lapa. The foundation of any thatched roof must be planned and executed correctly to get the desired final product that you want as the lifespan of a thatched roof is directly related to correct design, quality materials and good workmanship. Thatch expertly applied and maintained is cool in summer and hot in winter. Its excellent insulation properties and the consequent conservation of energy can represent considerable savings in electricity costs.

Article written and compiled by

jan@thatchingconnection.co.za

Designing your Thatched roof

Written by Jan Lombaard on . Posted in Thatched Roofs & Lapas

Before designing your thatched roof or lapa the following should be taken into consideration:

1. Consider carefully in which area of your property the roof or lapa will be erected.

2. Assess the ground area where the roof or thatched lapa will be constructed for underground water pipes, power cables, irrigation pipes, etc. as this can play a role when planting poles in the ground for supporting the roof.

3. If building work needs to be done it needs to be done before commencing with the erection of the roof or lapa. It is extremely difficult to do building work after the thatched roof  or lapa has been erected and it affects the roof structures stability and strength. Decide beforehand where the braai facility,washing area, counter, bar area, fridge area, seating and any other fixed structures will be situated.Further plan the lighting, floor covering and decide on the final finish on the pole structure, do you require a matt or a gloss finish? Where the roof is to be erected on walls and beams or columns the following should be considered:

a.) That the substructure of CCA poles and foundations are capable of supporting the roof
b.) That the roof structure exerts vertical and horizontal forces, due to wind forces and dead weight, on its supports, and thus the structure must be designed in the correct manner.
c.) An architect or structural engineer can be contacted to assist in this regard.

4. When deciding on the size of the thatched lapa or roof, take into consideration the space available and how many people will make use of the facility.

5. After determining the size of the lapa or roof you should decide where the entrance/s would be and how high and wide they will be, as this will affect the design and shape of the lapa and roof.

6. To determine the overhang required on the roof and where arches will be constructed take sunrise and sunset into consideration and the view you require from underneath the roof.

7. Who will design the lapa or thatched roof and are there any guarantees on the design as supplied by a structural engineer.

8. A Proper roof plan showing sections, supporting walls, columns, foundations, connections, dimensions and the specifications of the material that will be used is highly recommended, as this will also assist in accurate costing and tendering.

a.) For small lapas or thatched roofs (less than 50 m²) it is not always useful as a simplistic design is normally followed.
b.) For houses, lodges and other commercial projects it is a must as these projects are seldom simplistic and differ in size, shape, design and many other aspects.

9. Who will draw the plans for the roof as required by the local authorities? Contact us for a draftsman who can assist you.

10. The distance from other buildings as this affects the fire hazard of the planned roof.

11. Contact insurance companies and get detail on premiums and requirements for lowest premiums. Determine what influences premiums and what is needed for a claim to be paid out.

12. Will the elevated area due to the 45° pitch be used, as this can affect the design of the support structure of the roof?

13. A competent person who knows the National Building Regulation’s legal requirements on structural strength, stability and safety should check the design of the roof structure.

14. It is recommended that a structural engineer or an architect inspects and certifies the completed structure, as there is not yet a design code specifically for pole connections.

15. Depending on where the structure is build and the size of the structure a fire certificate may be needed by your local authority

Article written and compiled by

jan@thatchingconnection.co.za