“green” is good and all, but in reality it is not so easy as it may seem. Back in the day, things like wood stoves and thatched roofs, were considered to be signs of poverty – but not anymore! When demand goes out the window, the availability goes with it. But with all these moves in the direction of green living and sustainable energy sources, more and more people are looking to their “roots” when making decisions on future home-reform styles. – So, yes, it seems that a thatched roof is on the way back, and guys!!!
I mean, you’re talking about “the” house with a thatched roof, with moss and lichens growing all over? – they Are really meant to be all green like that??? Scary! Well, it’s actually not so bad. I, personally, think straw houses are very nice – kind of mysterious, creepy, cute, and cozy, all at the same time. I have heard it said that history repeats itself, and this is further confirmation.
There are a few drawbacks however, for the thatched roof, and I’ll try to describe here:
– Even with the best craftsmanship available, thatching only lasts for about 45 to 50 years. With mediocre or poor quality in the art, the life goes down significantly. In other words, if you don’t do it properly, it will simply not last.
Which can attract pests because the waste grain and seeds in the straw this, of course, depends on the thatch material used.
– Birds can also cause damage to the roof when you are in search of caterpillars to make their home.
the insurance premiums is more for a house with a thatched roof, due to the cost of replacing the material NOT because of the fire risk, which common sense may suggest. Statistically, thatched roofs do not catch fire more often than other types, but it is more difficult to extinguish a fire, and therefore often sustains more damage.
Ok, we’ve heard the cons, but it would be unfair to judge before listening to the pros. So here goes:
– Good quality on the insulation. Because of the air pockets in the straw and other types of grass, thatched roofs have excellent insulating properties.
– Eliminates the need for ventilation in the roof of the page of the house, because of its ability to allow air to bleed right, which provides extra insulation. Back in the day, locals used to burn bonfires in the middle of the house for warmth, funneling all the smoke upward right through the straw coverage – without the need of a chimney OR vent. This kept all those nasty animals in the bay!
I thought it was absolutely brilliant.
– it Is extremely versatile in terms of the design of the to adjust the irregular structures in the roof, due to the fact that many of the individual parts are connected to each other.
– pours water from a well, and is naturally weather resistant.
When properly maintained, it need not absorb all that the amount of water and therefore does not become significantly heavier with time.
– we can’t forget its unique and mysterious look. I think this may be the reason why many of us turned our heads in the first place, am I right?
So, the question is whether or not the negatives are tolerable in light of the positive. One thing is clear, however, that it is, for the present, it is more expensive to maintain a thatched house in a “modern”, due to the relatively short lifespan of a thatched roof. Basically, what this means is that it is easier – And cheaper – to be an “ozone depleter” than a tree-hugger. But I think we knew that already.
But regardless of that “page” you are too few of us who would like to have a house with a thatched roof – no strings attached! I say that it is real. I pray that you can find and purchaseand that mystical thatched hut of your dreams, or building it yourself these days! Don’t let the naysayers tell you it can’t be done. Just make an educated decision, taking into account all the different advice and tips!
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