Whether it’s the envy of neighbors or the envy of your family, bamboo roofs can give any home a warm and inviting feel. If you like to update your outdoor interior space, bamboo roof can make a pleasant and interesting garden appearance by adding tropical charm to sun-drenched patio, outdoor umbrellas or tiki huts. Also, bamboo offers great longevity and durability when taken care of properly. Bamboo roof repair is actually quite easy and inexpensive. If you’re the do-it-yourself kind, DIY roof repair may be just the thing for you. In order to save time and money in the long run, however, it will help to first become an informed homeowner about the best ways to care for and maintain your bamboo roof.
There are four basic steps that all DIY projects follow. These include (but aren’t limited to) measuring, trimming, staining and painting. Before any of these steps are undertaken, it’s important to first know the proper measurements of the area that needs to be covered. If you’re not sure about how to go about this, ask a friend or neighbor who has previously worked on a similar project for tips and advice. Some common mistakes people make when covering bamboo roofs include shortening the thatch – the tough fibrous layer under the roofing material – too much staining or paint, and not providing enough support beams.
The next step is to measure the length, width and height of your bamboo roof frame. This information is needed in order to ensure that the required support beams and thatch cover can be accurately measured. If your thatch is less than six inches thick, it’s recommended that you apply a two-inch plywood board to act as a ledger board, which will serve as a guide to the length of the core membrane that will be applied over the core of your bamboo frame.
Next, you’ll need to prepare the bamboo framing nails and lashing system by removing the old roofing material and lashing together the sections of the roofing together with roof framing nails. Nails and lashing can be purchased at local building supply stores. When choosing nails and lashing systems, it’s best to choose ones that have smaller heads that will prevent the penetration of pine needles into the bamboo framing. There are also larger and specially designed nails that are not as likely to puncture the roofing materials.
Once the bamboo frame is prepared, you’ll want to prepare the bamboo roofing shingles. Prior to installing the shingles, you’ll want to inspect them for rot and insect damage. To help achieve a professional look, we recommend using a high pressure sprayer to lightly spray the exterior space for any rotted areas. Remember to keep the shingles flush with the exterior space so they will be easier to clean later. Finally, we highly recommend installing the exterior flashing around the exterior space so you can make sure it properly covers and protects your new roof.
Once you’ve installed all of your roof framing materials, you’ll then install your thatch material. If you live in an area where it’s often cold, we recommend using cotton for your thatch material. Cotton allows the thatch to move easily with the wind, helping to keep your roof from becoming wet and moldy. We also recommend using bamboo poles for your thatching because they provide a stronger support system for your thatching and make it much easier to clean. After your thatching is installed, you will then repeat the steps outlined in the previous section.
In most rural areas, residential roofs are quite durable. However, there is always the possibility that your house will become damaged by heavy rain or severe wind. As such, it’s important to ensure you protect your home from harsh weather conditions. The best way to do this is to install a heavy-duty hurricane lock, which should be located on the highest floor of your house. We also recommend investing in a good set of residential roof covers. These are typically made of canvas and will be able to protect your house from high winds and hail damage.
In conclusion, installing a bamboo roof on your house is not difficult and we have yet to mention a single reason why it’s so beneficial. Bamboo has been proven to be one of the strongest types of grass on earth and we strongly recommend that you purchase yours. However, if you’re not quite ready to invest in your own roof, there are plenty of choices out there. Just remember, the thatch that supports your bamboo roof needs to be properly supported or else your house will become damaged by heavy winds or hail.