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GSBN:Thatching problem in Texas
I received this recently and don't have a clue what to tell him...."run"?
check out the pics it's quite beautiful. Frank Meyer
We build a learning center for our Permaculture courses from Straw Bale,
Cob and Thatch.
However, we made a big error, and made the slope of the lower roof too
shallow, and the thatch is rotting away.
We are trying to save the building and are looking for an alternate roofing
material for the North section, about 20 x 40 Feet that will blend and or
compliment the thatch.
We considered wooden shingles, but it looked awful, probably because we did
not do it nicely.
Than we thought about very light gunite, donâ??t know if the rafters (cedar)
and yupon cross members would hold the weight.
A green roof would be another alternative, but again the weight would be a
In other words, we need advise and/or help in the implementation
The slope from the windows down is in the thirties (I think)
The part above the windows is fine and does not leak, there we have a slope
in the fourties.
The rafters are cedar trunks, and are already bowing under the load of the
thatch, so I would be concerned about what happens when you add material for a
Let us know what you think, we wold love to have you come out to the farm
(100 miles east of Austin) there yourself,
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