Bali Huts have become a popular option for those who want to add an outdoor gazebo to their backyard. Whilst having an outdoor shelter might seem over the top to some, the benefits far outweigh any of the upfront costs involved. What you will have is a structure that is not only long term cost effective, but environmentally friendly, easy to clean and maintain and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Bali Huts and thatch roofing can add a subtle and attractive landscaping dimension to your garden or serve as a large feature, often becoming the perfect entertainment area on a warm summer’s night.
There are a huge range of Bali huts and thatch roofing on the market and the design options are endless. Each one comes in a range of materials to suit your personal requirements, so read on as we uncover the types and uses of these popular outdoor gazebos.
Bali Huts: Alang Alang Grass
Made from alang-alang grass from Bali, the Balinese hut is definitely eye catching and adds a tropical look and feel to your home. Bali huts are perfect for creating a relaxation area for your backyard. By simply adding a deck, you can turn your Bali thatch into an entertainment hotspot. This thatch roofing is made from natural materials and a renewable source, so it is an environmentally friendly choice for your thatch roofing. In addition to being an organic covering, alang-alang grass provides the highest insulation of any covering. Bali huts thatch roofing are not 100% airtight, so it allows the steam to escape, unlike steel, which would capture the moisture on the roof. The alang-alang grass does have a shorter lifespan than timber coverings, but the good news is that it offers the most natural look and requires no maintenance once the structure is up.
African Thatch: Cape Reed Thatch Tile
The African thatch is made from Cape Reed thatch tiles and is considered the most hardiest of the thatch roofing materials. It also provides a very natural and rustic look, blending in well to most outdoor settings and existing roof structures. Cape Reed thatch is a raw material and is rumoured to last for years (30 +), making it an excellent choice for humid and coastal areas, along with dry inland climates. The sturdiness of this thatch roofing is also ideal in cyclonic weather environments or areas prone to high winds. There are varying reports on the water resistant properties of the African cape reed thatch, with some manufacturers contesting it is highly resistant, whilst others stating it may vary. The Cape Reed tile though is very safe, because it is fire retardant and the natural wax coating is what is said to offer peace of mind to anyone concerned about its waterproof properties.
Cape Reed is easy to install and perfect for those who are into DIY.
If you are looking for more advice about thatch roofing and are seeking a trusted and reputable supplier to help turn your backyard into a tropical retreat, then visit us at Matt’s Homes & Outdoor Designs or call today on 1300 62 88 77. Our Bali huts and thatch roofing feature hand woven alang-alang grass (Bali huts) and cape reed tiles (the African thatch), with all other timber sourced from Australian grown plantations. Along with all the other benefits detailed above, the natural insulation qualities of thatch roofing reduce heat by up to 10° in summer, and offers warmth on cooler days.