Bundu Dakke is the specialists in Roof Cladding with Harvey Tiles

Bundu Dakke strives for excellence when it comes to quality roofing. The company specialises in cladding old and weathered thatch roofs with Harvey Tiles, thereby turning thatch roofing into a more versatile, cost effective and low maintenance solution.

A well known nursery hymn phrases a wolf as having huffed and puffed and blown the three little pigs’ roof away simply because it was not strong enough. A lesson learnt from this hymn best summarises the importance of having a durable roof that will keep away unwanted elements from entering the home.

The roof over our heads is something that most of us don’t think much about. Most people are happy with their roofs and never make an effort in maintaining them as long as do not leak or corrode. But this ignorance soon catches up with home owners when the time of replacing it forces its way into our pockets.

Globally, there is urgency for a building to act environmentally responsible, so when making a decision on what roofing material to use, items such as durability, price, thermal attributes, and colour are often considered.

The importance of roofing is to protect natural elements such as the sun, rainfall, creatures etc from entering the home. All known roof types get to a certain point were attention is required in order to sustain the test of time.

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Roof Cladding with Harvey tiles

The roof is one of the largest exterior parts of the home which makes choosing the right colour and style relevant to its owner.
Roof cladding is the application of one material over another in order to provide skin or layer required to control the infiltration of weather elements.

In developed nations, roof cladding is often used in order to give the roof a weatherproof component and to stop water and other elements from entering the house. A waterproof layer is important because rainfall is usually forecast to ascend many months per year.

In addition to protecting the house, roof cladding is also used to provide a decorative element. This is because roof cladding is also primarily used for other structures such as gazebos, patios, pergolas, sheds and other such structures.

There are several types of roof cladding that include metal cladding, which is one of the most commonly used types in South Africa. The variants of metal cladding include corrugated, Trimdek, Spandek and mini orb. Metal is often preferred because of its flexibility, allowing it to be used in all kinds of architectural designs that include curved roofs.

The Thatch tile is designed to give the impression of thatch and it is one of the most sought after products on the market. It is usually fitted directly over existing thatch roofs to retain the thatch interior or cladded. It has two layers of stone coating.

Harvey Tiles are another type of roof cladding and they are available in a huge range of materials. Tiles work well with any style of roofing and will always be very fashionable. Besides Harvey Tiles, other materials used in tiles cladding include terracotta, concrete, clay and slate.

BunduDakke specializes in roof cladding with Harvey Tiles

But the most preferred solution comes in the form of Harvey Tiles which are a long lasting steel based tile. They have been in production for more than 30 years and they are exported all over the world giving the brand name more mileage because of its charming products.

The coating is baked onto the tile in a furnace to ensure that the colour does not fade away from prolonged sunshine’s or rough rainfall. They have a stone based coating which ensures that it is resistant to harsh weather conditions including hail and heavy rain.

Their interlocking system ensures they do not leak even in very windy conditions.

Harvey Roofing products have a nationwide network of trained independent contractors who guarantee their own workmanship. Bundu Dakke is one of them and for years its team of hard working professionals have mastered the art of perfection.

Roof tiles are particularly suited to the South African climate, which generally does not have high winds or snow loads. These elements are most likely to reduce the life of roof tiles. Roof tiles can generally be used on roofs of greater pitch.

Not only are Harvey Tiles beautiful to look at, but also very practical and when well installed and maintained by Bundu Dakke, they subsequently become one of the most durable and attractive roofs on the market.

Bundudakke specialises in cladding thatch roofs

Whether you have an old weathered thatch roof  that is in dire need of a quick but classy upgrade or if you are planning to build a new thatched roof, Harvey Thatch is the most economical and decorative alternative in the roofing world.

The versatile cladding turns ordinary thatch roofing into more attractive, highly durable, and perfectly sustainable roofing. The finer things in life hatch out from simplicity and Harvey tiles give you the same cosy atmosphere as thatch roofing built requires much less maintenance as compared to the later.

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Understand roofing when cladding with Harvey Tiles

The simplicity of having a roof under your head is unmatched. But the art of having quality roofing is best sourced from professionals. Bundu Dakke strives for excellence when it comes to quality roofing.

Bundu Dakke is a roofing company that specializes in cladding old and weathered thatch roofs in Harvey tiles, thereby turning thatch roofing into a more versatile, cost effective, low maintenance solution.

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Thatch Roof Abode
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Putting on a Thatch roof on a house


Over the years, all thatching has a lifespan regardless of how well it is maintained. Well that’s normal logic! All thatch roofs eventually get to a point of no return and will clamor to be re-thatched in order to keep their appealing nature.

In today’s economy that is frequently being less inspired by the constantly falling Rand, re-thatching a roof can be very costly and something that will have to be repeated every few years if you want to keep your thatch roof looking good.


With Harvey tiles roofing you can still enjoy the entire ambiance that comes with a thatch roof, but without the hassle and disadvantages.

For starters, roofing material is the outermost layer on the roof of a building, sometimes self-supporting, but generally supported by an underlying structure. A building’s roofing material provides shelter from the natural elements such as the sun, rain, cold etc. The outer layer of a roof shows great variation dependent upon availability of material, and the nature of the supporting structure.

Those types of roofing material which are commercially available range from natural products such as thatch and slate to commercially produced products such as tiles and polycarbonate sheeting. Roofing materials may be placed on top of a secondary water-resistant material called underlayment.

Roofing is one of South Africa’s most robust industries where Bundu Dakke constantly maintains its presence as one of the leading thatch roof specialists in the country. However, this Industry is a high risk industry due to the injuries that you can sustain in this job environment. Roofing primarily focuses on the upper layer of a house or building. Roofing on a house is considered residential and building are commercial. Roofing on a government building you get paid pavilion wage.

Traditional thatch roofing is arguably the most beautiful and natural looking roofing material available in this current epoch. This is mostly because of its mesmerising appearance that best suits the eye. Lodges, game parks, residential parks and even seasoned hotels have upped up their game by incorporating thatched roofs on their premises.

Thatching is the craft of building a roof with dry vegetation such as straw, water reed, sedge (Cladium mariscus), rushes, or heather, layering the vegetation so as to shed water away from the inner roof. It is a very old roofing method and has been used in both tropical and temperate climates.

For thousands of years, people have been using thatch to create durable roofs for their home, which would protect them from the elements we spoke about earlier.

It is interesting to note that thatch is still employed by builders in developing countries, usually with low-cost, local vegetation. By contrast in some developed countries it is now the choice of affluent people who desire a rustic look for their home, would like a more ecologically friendly roof, or who have purchased an originally thatched abode.

Thatch is the best insulated roofing available to man. Most other roofs need to be insulated after they have been installed, while thatch roofs automatically offer excellent insulating properties, making it ideal for our hot local climate to keep the interiors of our homes cool in summer and warm in winter.

If thatch is well laid, it will be virtually maintenance free. Thatch is very vulnerable to being stripped by birds, especially weavers that can really destroy a roof within a year. If you need to protect your thatch, it is wise to cover it with a plastic mesh that will keep the birds away. Wire mesh can also be used, however, in time it will rust.

Whether you have a weathered thatch roof that is in need of an upgrade or if you are planning to build a new thatched roof, Harvey Thatch is the most economical alternative in the industry.

This versatile cladding turns ordinary thatch roofing into more attractive, more durable and more sustainable roofing. Not only is Harvey Thatch cost-effective, but it has far more advantages than the traditional thatch roofing. The tiles are of natural colour and match original thatch perfectly.  Not only is Harvey Thatch beautiful to look at, but also very practical and if well installed and maintained, it can be one of the most durable and attractive roofs on the market.

Home cladded with Harvey Roof tiles
Photos taken on several residential construction sites which use fall arrest systems in Phoenix, AZ over a week in August 2012
Cladding with Harvey Roof Tiles
Home cladded with Harvey Roof tiles

The team at Bundu Dakke consists of dedicated professionals that strive for perfection. Clients are timely supplied with high-quality products that are delivered through a service of excellence. Bundu Dakke’s rates are competitive as the company is highly committed in providing only the best.

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This is why you should consider thatched roofing

Your roof is your peace of mind. It shelters you and your loved ones night after night, keeping the rain, the wind and the cold at bay. Deciding what type of roofing your home needs, thatching, corrugated iron or tiles, is not something that you will be considering every day. So getting it right the first time is of the utmost importance. You wouldn’t be the first person to want their house to have thatched roofing, but have you considered all of the pros and cons?

What is thatched roofing?

When a house is said to have thatched roofing, the roofing will consist of natural, dry vegetation such as reeds, grass or straw. The vegetation is layered in such a way that it protects the inside of the home from being flooded with rain water. Thatched roofing is rather popular in all types of companies regardless of the climates and as it is a more cost effective version of roofing. For this reason, it is rather popular.

Thatched roofing looks great on almost all types of homes
Thatched roofing looks great on almost all types of homes

Having thatched roofing will give a home or building a rustic look and feel and the roofing itself is very much environmentally friendly. The art of thatching has been passed down from generation to generation and it has been used throughout Europe’s earliest times.  Examples of thatching can also be found in Hawaii, Fiji and Kenya and there is even evidence of thatching being used during the earliest times of the Aztecs. In South Africa, having this type of roofing is something that many people desire. A thatched roof makes us feel as though we are away from the city and spending time in the bush, out in nature.

The performance of the thatch depends a lot on the climate in which the thatch will be placed and it depends greatly on the quality of the thatch being used as well as on the skill of the person doing the thatching.

The advantages of installing thatched roof

  1. A thatched roof will offer you better insulation. In fact having thatched roofing means you have insulation that will be better than any other type of roofing on the market, at least, where insulating is concerned. Thatch keeps a home warm in winter and cool in summer, perfect for the South African climate.
  2. Thatching requires minimum maintenance. You will no longer have to worry about painting your roof or sanding off those rust patches. You will also not have to worry about tiles breaking. If you use an expert thatcher you will be given the best treatment and you won’t have to worry about birds stealing your thatching. An expert thatcher will make sure your roofing is protected.
  3. The ridge of the roof is the most vulnerable part of the roof. A great thatcher will make sure that this part of your roof is protected in some way or another. The apex of your roof is also a sensitive part that needs to be protected and kept watertight. This means you thatching is able to better protect your home from rain water.
  4. Thatched roofs have a long lifespan and if quality thatching is used the thatching might never have to be replaced. You will need to make sure that your thatching gets proper care and proper maintenance in order for it to enjoy a longer lifespan. But if you take care of your thatching you will never have too many sleepless nights about the roof over your head.
  5. When this type of roofing is used together with special tiles, such as Harvey tiles, the thatching is guaranteed to have a much longer lifespan.
Various types of vegetation can be used for thatching
Various types of vegetation can be used for thatching

Now for a few disadvantages

  1. Weaver birds love thatching, and not in a good way. Weaver birds have been known to strip the thatch and used the straw to make their nests. This can very quickly lead to terrible damage to your thatching if you do not take the right steps to protect the thatch. Usually, a mesh made out of metal or plastic will be used to cover the thatch and keep the birds at bay.
  2. The ridge needs to be checked on occasionally as it is the weakest part of the roof.

The little things you can do to take care of your thatching

The great thing about thatching is that if it is done properly, by a professional, you will quite probably never have to worry about having to do maintenance on your thatching again. But there are a few quick things that you can do to make sure that your thatching stays in a good condition.

There are a few things that you can do to keep an eye on your thatching
There are a few things that you can do to keep an eye on your thatching
  • Give your thatch a quick inspection

First walk around and give your thatch a proper inspection. This will give you the initial idea about the condition your thatch is in and it will allow you to set up a schedule to make your inspections easier. If the thatching is slipping out don’t panic, this doesn’t mean that your thatching is going to need immediate replacement. Keep in mind, if the thatching looks a bit thin it doesn’t mean that the thatching is bad.

Check the underside of the roof along with the rafters. Occasionally smaller rafters have been known to break but they are easy to fix without disrupting the thatch itself. Also, be sure to check the ridging and to make sure that the ridge covering is still in a good condition.

  • Look for small animals and birds

You can’t blame little critters and birds looking for a home in your thatch or stealing thatch for their own home. But they can damage your thatching. Bring in a professional thatcher to cover your thatching. Sometimes small birds can make holes in or near the apex if you see this then be sure to call in the professionals.

  • Get a quote

Usually, it is advisable that only the professionals make the necessary changes and repairs to the thatching, so once you have determined the damage done and what needs to be repaired, call in the experts and get a quote.

Your dreams of a thatched roof home are not so far away. If you are considering changing your roofing to thatch, fixing your thatching or building a home and want it to be thatched, contact Bundu Dakke for the most professional, expert services.

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Your toughest roofing questions answered

Roofing needs continious attention

Just because your roofing is up doesn’t mean that you never have to think about it again. While your roofing should be your consistent worry, you should have a look at it every now and then. And when you see something that you don’t quite understand, you shouldn’t have to search Google far and wide to find those roofing answers you are looking for.

Here are your toughest roofing questions answered

1. How do you know when your roof tiles need a replacement?

I don’t want to wait for water marks to appear on my ceiling before I take action.
There are a number of signs that you can look out for but the first thing that you need to take into consideration is the age of your roof. Should your roof be older than 20 years you should start considering making a few replacements. A younger roof can also require replacing so a yearly inspection is a good idea. Look for tiles that are lifting up, tiles with cracks or missing tiles, and you should also look for tiles that are smooth or that have curled sides. Another thing that you can do is climb up into your ceiling and have a look at the underside of the tiles to see if there are any water marks.
If you see lots of damage, it is time to call in the roofing experts!

2. Can a roofing project become a do it yourself project?

It is advisable that you don’t try a roofing project by yourself for the simple reason that it is a very risky thing to do and can result in you getting injured. The second reason why you shouldn’t try a roofing project on your own is because the skills involved in getting your roofing correctly installed are skills that even the most avid amateur will lack. The professionals have many years of experience in getting your roofing correctly installed and they can give you the perfect installation.

3. How can you insulate the roof?

Insulation is becoming quite the thing to have in Africa. It is energy saving and it is great for regulating the temperatures within a home. Foil tapping and cloth like sheathing are two popular choices and they will need to be placed between your ceiling and your roof. Be extra careful if you choose to do the insulating yourself as the wrong type of insulation can result in heat not being transferred which in turn can cause fires.

4. My roof has black stains. Is it going to affect the roof and how can I get rid of it?

The dark marks you see on your roofing is likely to be algae and you might notice that it is mostly in a region that experiences little sun. This is because the algae lives off the moisture. The marks can’t really have an effect on your roofing, but I can agree with you that it doesn’t look good. To get rid of it wet the affected parts of the roof with a mixture that is one part bleach and two parts water. Scrub the surface gently until the algae is removed then make sure that the bleach is properly rinsed off.
Your roofing is an expensive part of your home that needs to be carefully watched and taken care of. Do you have more questions that need to be answered? You can contact Bundu Dakke, we’ll answer all of your questions about roofing, thatching, roof cladding and Harvey Tiles!

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Thatching – the old and the new

Thatching – one of the world’s oldest forms of roofing


Did you watch Braveheart? The 1995 blockbuster features homesteads that are supposed to be representative of the time and if you look closely you will see that each hamlet of homes has houses that have thatching. This is because thatching is one of the world’s oldest forms of roofing. Thatching can be made from almost any dried grass or other vegetation type and it has so many beautiful qualities and benefits that it is still a popular form of roofing.

Thatching provides any home or building with a highly authentic, natural look and if you love nature, having thatch brings the wild aesthetic appeal into your living room. Thatch is, as mentioned, made up of dried vegetation but what is done after the thatch is removed is anything but ordinary.

Could you imagine your lawn’s grass being used as a thatching for your roof? Probably not because not all grass is ideal for thatching. The thatching that is used for homes is usually reeds or naturally thick, long grass that is professionally cut and dried, giving you the maximum use out of it. Traditionally those who wanted to thatch their homes would use any vegetation that they could find. In the past wheat, straw, reeds, rye, barley and even heather was used to give roofs a secure covering.

Thatching will keep your home dry

One of the biggest concerns that most people considering thatch will think about is how effective the thatch is going to be at keeping the water out. But if your thatch is made from dry water reed, you won’t have to be concerned as this vegetation is naturally waterproof. The reed cannot get waterlogged, and when a number of these reeds are placed next to one another the water simply cannot break through the barrier that is created.

And you don’t have to worry about snow or rain remaining on the roof as the force of gravity will pull the water and snow off of the roof.

What about insulation?

The idea of being protected from the harsh effects of the winter months can make you worry about how well you will be protected when you have a thatched roof. But having vegetation on your roof is a great way to regulate temperature and keep your home nice and warm. The way in which the thatching is placed has a big effect on how effective the thatching will be for thermal purposes. Thatching can also regulate your home in the summer months by helping to keep the heat out and your home cool.

This type of roofing is ideal for home owners who are looking to save money on energy by regulating the temperatures within the home. There becomes less of a need to install heaters and air conditioners when you have thatching. While other roofing will need to have extra insulating installed you won’t have to pay out additional amounts of money for your roofs insulation when you have invested in thatch.

Modern Harvey Tile Thatching by Bundu Dakke

Keeping safe with thatch

When you have thatch you need to consider a little bit more than just the beauty of the thatch, you also need to consider the safety of having the thatch. The biggest threat to your thatch is lightning. For this reason lightning rods will need to be erected. Two masts on a larger house should be enough to divert lightning away from the grass roofing.

Having a thatched roof will give you access to numerous advantages and having a thatched roof will not only save you money but it is going to make your home look exceptionally attractive. Are you looking for a thatched roof to compliment your home? Contact Bundu Dakke to give your home a stunning finishing touch and  a modern look with Harvey Thatch Tile Roofing


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