The quality of thatched roof

How to Distinguish The Quality of A Thatch Roof?

In many subtropical and tropical coastal areas, as well as vacation places, the buildings with a thatch roof are a common and natural sight, seemingly becoming a staple along the seaside and vacation retreats. You might be curious, how are these incredibly realistic and attractive thatched roofs constructed? While they have aesthetic value, aren’t those thatch materials susceptible to damage from sea breeze and water?

In fact, most thatched roofs nowadays are constructed using synthetic thatch. This approach offers greater economic value as synthetic thatch comes with advantages that natural thatch cannot provide. However, the quality of synthetic thatch certainly varies, prompting us to delve into how to distinguish the good from the bad in terms of thatch roof quality.

Ways to distinguish the quality of a thatch roof

1. Odor

Although synthetic thatch used for constructing thatched roofs lacks the authentic wild and natural aroma of real thatch, it should not have any unusual smells. If you come across a thatched structure with an unusual odor, it is very necessary to verify what material is used to make the thatch.

2. Color Stability

Professional and quality synthetic thatch are almost impossible to fade. They remain intact despite strong winds and heavy rains. It’s important to know whether the manufacturer provides quality assurance after purchase. Additionally, you can examine some samples to check for color uniformity. Also, touch the synthetic thatch with your hand to see if it sheds color, if the material is soft, and if it has a natural drape.

F-01 flame retardant synthetic thatch

F-01 synthetic thatch

Straw yellow

F-04 flame retardant synthetic thatch

F-04 synthetic thatch

Dead grass black

HJ500 flame retardant synthetic thatch-1

HJ500 synthetic thatch

Dead grass black

3. Hardness

One of the distinctive features of the synthetic thatch used on professional thatched pavilions/cottages is its higher hardness compared to natural thatch. It’s less likely to break even under significant wear and tear. To assess the hardness and durability of the synthetic thatch, you can physically pull and stretch it as a test. We offer a flame retardant version of synthetic thatch, with its edges seamlessly integrated for greater durability than carpet-style thatch and aluminum simulated thatch in the same industry.


In general, assessing the quality of a thatch roof involves first identifying its essential construction material—synthetic thatch. To distinguish the quality of synthetic thatch, it’s important to engage the following three senses:

(1) Smell to detect any unusual odors.

(2) Sight to check for fading.

(3) Touch to test its strength by pulling and assessing whether it breaks.



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