About BM Thatchers

About BM Thatchers

With years of experience behind us, BM Thatchers is the go-to thatching company in South Africa. We are based in Alberton, Gauteng but provide our services throughout South Africa and on an international scale. Our team of highly skilled and expert professionals are able to guide you through the thatching process and with any queries you may have. Over the years we have put in place a comprehensive and specialised thatching service solution. We offer a variety of thatching solutions so as to meet all our individual client’s requirements. Whatever your thatching requirements may be, we have the solution for you and your property.

Company Principles and Work Ethic

Our company slogan is ‘nothing better under the sun’ and we will never compromise on these words and this promise. BM Thatchers is committed to excellence, efficiency and affordability. What has propelled us forward as leaders in the industry is our attention to detail, hands on service and excellent workmanship. Since our inception in 1988, we have established a renowned name for ourselves due to the principles and work ethic that we uphold.

We offer a service dedicated to transparency, integrity and honesty. We also offer a highly personalised service, this is to ensure that every project we take on will be executed to perfection. We adhere to strict specifications and standards when taking on any project. This is to ensure that the service we provide is of the highest standards.

Standards and Specifications:

If you are in the market for a thatch roof or thatch lapas for your home or property, there are some critical aspects that need to be taken into account. There are numerous specifications and standards that we will always uphold.

  • All our structures are erected with SABS approved Tanalith Treated gumpoles.
  • All vertical ground poles are concreted into the ground to ensure a strong sound structure as well as protection from water.
  • The vertical ground poles of all our standard thatches are 150mm – 175mm in diameter to ensure a stable structure. Horizontal frame poles are 100mm – 125mm and the rafters are 75mm – 100mm in diameter. The diameter of the poles increase as the span becomes wider.
  • All main supports are bolted together using 12mm or 16mm nuts and bolts.
  • All poles have anti-split plates at cut-off ends.
  • Main structures as well as laths are varnished with a teak colour varnish which compliments the Cape Reed, providing a superior finish.
  • All our inside work is done with Cape Thatch Reed.
  • The outer layer is thatched with winter harvested Highveld Thatching Grass.
  • We regard the quality of grass as one of the most important aspects of the thatching process. Grass reeds of 2-3mm thick is used. This ensures good compaction, density and prevents water from penetrating the grass layer.
  • Our standard thatch thickness is 175mm – 200mm in thickness as per correct specifications.
  • Fibreglass ridging is used.
  • Workmanship on all our new thatch structures is guaranteed for three years unless stated otherwise on our quotation.