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!

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