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False Thatched Roof

A thatched roof is one of the most distinguishing features of a traditional English cottage. While thatched roofs have a classic look and feel, there are reasons why they’ve been superseded by more modern building materials — chief among them their high cost and extensive maintenance requirements.

A false thatched roof from Custom Shingles captures the visual qualities of its namesake, without the hassle. Using cedar or other wood shingles, our false thatched roofs have a natural textured appearance that speaks to history and tradition while offering modern convenience and all-weather performance.

Multiple color options and configurations are available, allowing for a wide range of design flexibility. Keep reading for more information about adding a wood thatched roof to a new or existing home.

Thatched Roof Gallery

Custom Shingles uses exceptionally high-quality materials and traditional construction techniques to create false thatched roofs with impressive visual appeal and long-lasting performance. Our shingles are available in western red, Alaskan yellow and eastern white cedar, as well as teak and Royalwood™ Wallaba — all sustainably harvested woods that offer good durability and great looks.

Individual shingles are steam-bent to create gentle wave coursing that mimics the look of English thatch. This painstaking process results in a finished product that’s entirely unique from roofs made of mass-produced shingles.

The cottage roof has only increased in recognition, appeal and intrigue.
  Images © 2006-2016 Custom Shingles

Images © 2006-2016 Custom Shingles

 Images © 2006-2016 Custom Shingles

Images © 2006-2016 Custom Shingles

Stacked Shingles Create a Thatched Look

Custom Shingles is often called upon for historical restorations and other special roofing projects. One of the most exciting and visually striking American thatched roofs we’ve completed is the Five-Color Masterpiece, which you can read about and see pictures of in our blog. To create the variegated effect of this roof, individual shingles were stained five different colors.

The end result is a roof that hints at traditional English thatching while retaining a bright, modern look that complements the home’s Tudor-style architecture in an impressive way.

The Five-Color Masterpiece is just one example of how Custom Shingles-inspired designs are transforming homes around the world. As a leading expert in cedar thatching, we can help you with everything from the design phase to the long-term maintenance of your roof. Our wood shingles can be treated for fire- and weather-resistance. We also employ a special pressure washing process to clear away moss and ensure it stays off your roof for longer.

For more information about our products and services, or to request a quote for a cedar thatched roof of your own, contact the Custom Shingles office to speak with a representative directly.