Thatch Roofs

Thatched Roofs

PLC King specializes in thatch roofing. We provide small gazebo type meditating corners to large entertainment areas and home thatch roofing

We only use the finest and safest materials available. All our poles are C.C.A treated according to S.A.B.S. standards and guaranteed for 25 years ensuring you peace of mind.


PlC King only uses fiberglass ridging on roofs and never concrete.

PLC King thatching grass is used with or without reed and, we are able to provide your new thatch roof or lapa with fire treatment giving you a 5 year guarantee.


With many years experience in thatched roof construction, and very competitive thatch prices, you won’t be disappointed.


We also provide thatch roof repairs and maintenance to your existing thatch roof giving it that “Good as new look and feel” every time. Have your thatching, decking & fireproofing needs be met by true professional with years of experience.

Marking out the position of foot poles:


The Simplest would be to explain a square or rectangular thatch roof.


Keep in mind that the edges of the grass of the roof normally overhang the foot poles by 500mm on all sides unless otherwise requested and or stated in the quote.


That means that with a thatch of 5m x 4m, the foot poles will be planted 3m x 4m apart perpendicular to each other.

Planting foot poles:


When planning a new thatch roof, it is important to do every step of the project using the correct sizes of poles, and for all poles to be on site. Mark out the foot poles in a 100% square, and dig the holes for the foot poles to correct depth. A wooden pole is to be planted in a very different way from what may seem the logical way and different from planting steel poles. The Hole must be dug 600 mm deep, then insert the pole into the hole, fill it with 100 mm black soil and compact the soil. Then fill the 500 mm balance of the hole with concrete. The reason for this is that the wood absorbs water when getting wet from rain for example. And if there is water in the wood it must be able to escape from the wood to prevent the wood from rotting. So by leaving the bottom 100 mm of the pole in soil, the water has a way to get out. If it was surrounded in concrete then the water in the wood would be trapped and damage the wood of the foot pole.


All thatch poles are CCA treated with the correct chemical prescriptions of SABS standards to guarantee resistant against weather and natural pests for 25 years ( terms and conditions apply ) to be found in the specs at SABS.


Construction continue….


Keep in mind that a gum pole was a tree before it was a gum pole haha. That means that it has a thicker end and a thinner end as this is how trees normally grow.


The method of defining thatch gum poles sizes are as follows:

Foot poles: normally 125mm /150mm and 2.7m long. This means that the pole is 125mm average thickness on the thin side and 150mm thick on the thick side. In short, we always just mention the measurement on the thin side and the thick side is always 25 mm more, so a foot pole would then be called 2.7m x 125 mm.