Reed roof is one of the first roofing materials that people started to use as a roof.
The longevity of thatched roofs has been tested over the centuries. The reed roof is both a covering material, a sound insulation material, and an insulation material – which slightly replaces the insulation up to 5 cm. In summer, it is pleasantly cool under the reed roof. A reed roof is a traditional and natural roofing material.
Reeds as a material are harvested (collected) on lakes or near sea shores. Which grows anew every year, because
a more well-kept reed meadow, thus higher quality young reeds grow. The reeds should be firm, sunny yellow and the recommended diameter is 0.6-1.2 cm.
The reed roof can be laid at a 35 degree slope. A 30 cm thick reed roof is laid on the house. for garden sheds,
barns and gazebos can have a 25 cm thick reed cover. Then such well laid reed roofs last up to 80 years and more. The longevity of reed roofs depends on the proximity of the tree, preferably when the branches do not bend on the reed covering. As well as from the quality of the reeds, the choice of the correct lathing steps and the laying skills of the master. A reed roof is handmade, as each bundle of reeds is tied or screwed to the lath. Then the reed craftsman creates a deck of reeds with a grooved board (klap).
The reed roof should be inspected every 5 years, then the damages caused by nature or other conditions on the reed covering can be prevented in time. Moss, which is the biggest enemy of a reed roof, should be cleaned from the roof. Moisture accumulates under the moss, which promotes rotting. The roof should also be protected from birds that sow various seeds and acorns there.
It is a misconception that reed roofs are not fireproof. Reeds belong to the group of low-burning materials. They are fireproof due to their dense covering. When building a house and properly following all fire safety standards, a reed roof is definitely safer than a synthetic roof covering. Even a rocket or cigarette butt accidentally falling on the roof will not cause a fire accident.
Reed roofs can be laid on the roof rafters of structures of various complexity. Reeds can be used to create structures, skylights and balconies.
Reed roofs are very scenic and highlight the contours of the roof well!