GLan Thatchers (Pty) Ltd is a registered thatching company operating in and around Johannesburg and offers the best solutions to your thatch roofs. We have a team of inhouse trained thatchers, to ensure our thatching is of the highest standard. Whether its construction of a new thatch or Lapa structure, Rethatch, Over-thatching, Brushing, Harvey tile thatch, Fire Retardant Treatment or Lightning Masts protection, we have it all. Since Thatch roofs, thatch Lapas and all other thatch structures are classified as non-standard structures, they are governed by the SANS 10407 Standards and must therefore meet those standards. It is vital therefore for thatching companies to be compliant as any compromise in material quality, workmanship and compliance standards could have dire legal and insurance consequences.
At GLan Thatchers, we are constantly striving for excellence and ensure only the highest quality of thatch material is used, along with great workmanship to cater for our customer needs in all our projects. Our mission is simple, to provide the best thatching solutions to our clients, at very competitive prices. Over the years,we have grown from being general contractor to become a registered company and we continue to grow.
We take our thatching seriously, so for Thatch materials, we use Cape Reed for our spray layers, giving the finest internal appearance. Our timber poles are CCA (Copper-Chromium-Arsenic) treated, to ensure optimum life span of your thatch roof. We also use the Thatch Marshal 8000 Fire Retardant Treatment system on thatch roofs and Lapas that require Fire retardant Spray and certifacation. We also use light weight fibre glass on the ridge of thatch roofs in place of heavy concrete ones. Thatch ridges and valleys are the most vulnerable to damage and are usually the first to be affected. They might need to be repaired or inspected after every few years. Vermin and leaks are also some major problems for thatch roofs and thatch Lapas
While it would be ideal to have a price per square meter all the time, sometimes it is not possible due to many standard factors. We offer a wide range of thatching services to suit your needs, be it new structure constructions, repairs on existing ones, we will provide the services as per your need. Individual thatch roofs and Lapas differ in their needs, hence the differences in diagnosis and quotation prices. Some would require an over-thatch (overlay), Others would need the pull and brushing service method. Please note that the thatch pull and brush method depends on the length and general condition of the thatch. Only if the remaining thatch grass after previous repairs is still long enough can it be pulled, the twines tightened, then the thatch roof of Lapa brushed. While others, due to their degradation state require a total stripping off of the old thatch grass. Only then can a complete rethatch be done.
With an over-thatch, a new layer of thatch is added on top of existing old grass after brushing, thereby giving the thatch roofs and Lapas a rejuvenated appearance. We ensure our over-thatch layer meets the minimum 70mm (or 40%) above the sway requirement, and this helps cover the thatch twine from exposure to rain water. When conducting over-thatch on thatch roofs, we consider the overall condition of the thatch or Lapa structure, as the additional over-thatching increases the weight of the thatched roof, and therefore the load on the roof. Too much of a thatch layer and the thatch roof becomes too heavy to support. Too little a thatch layer is also problematic, as it would quickly degrade and expose wire sways and binding twines.
A rethatch requires the stripping of old thatch, and then rethatch, afresh, as oppposed to thatching over an old thatch roof. A rethatch is inevitable at some point, as all thatch roofs and Thatch Lapas have a life span. Even a well installed thatch roof or Lapa, with regular repairs, would at some point need a rethatch. Since the minimum thatch roof thickness is 175mm and the layer above the sway is between 70mm -100mm, and considering that on average, thatch roofs and Lapas lose around 20 to 25mm of their thickness in 7 to 9 years, the twine or sway layer is bound to be exposed after around 20 to 25 years, thereby requiring a rethatch. In addition to this, every pull and brush maintenance conducted on thatch roofs and Lapas brushes off old thatch material. This results in reduction in the thickness of the thatch or Lapa, and eventually, a rethatch would be the most viable thatch restoration option
Having a thatch maintenance every 5 to 8 years would go a long way in extending the life span of your thatch roofs and thatch Lapas. Thatch maintenance includes pull and brush, inspection of the overall structure and repairing or replacing all damaged material. Making an informed decision about your thatch maintenance, and having a thatch maintenance plan now could save you from future problems. Maintain your Thatch roof and Thatch Lapa well, before it gets to a point of no return. While we all need a fair price from thatching companies, there is a need to be extra cautious. Especially more so for Thatching companies offering too cheap a price. At the end of the day, the quoted price should be enough to cover the high quality and compliant thatching materials, great workmanship. There is a need to ensure your thatching contractor adheres to compliance standards set out for thatch structures. You wouldn't want a thatcher or thatching company that would keep asking for more money than quoted. Worse still, you wouldn't want thatchers using sub-standard thatch materials on your thatch roof or Lapa. Sometimes inexperienced thatchers dump a few of those materials on your property and disappear with your money as soon as they realise they wont be able to complete your project with the quoted price. Get it right the first time, get a reasonable quote. It far outweighs the headache brought about by settling for the cheapest contractor, only to find you have to start all over again with the right thatch materials and thatching company or contractor. Choosing the cheapest thatcher could sometimes be the most expensive option.