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Tropical tiles are made using the flower or seed part of the reed. A tropical finish is obtained.
The tile measures: 800mm(32”) x 750mm(30”)x 25mm(1”)
Fiber Roofing were the first ever company to develop and manufacture this special Cape reed thatch tile.
More than 18 years ago Mr. Garth White, the managing director of Safari Thatch and Bamboo in the USA, (one of our first agents) requested that we develop and manufacture a rustic tropical Cape reed tile. The only tiles at that stage were the stepped Cape reed tiles. We selected Cape reed which had an abundance of seed ends and fitted the cut end of the reed into the Polyurethane. A new tile was born known in the trade as the Tropical or Flower Cape Reed tile. (Obviously our opposition copied us but there tiles are really a bad copy.)
This tile is today bought and distributed by more than 50 percent of our agents.
1. The tile, compared to the traditional stepped Cape reed tiles with its stepped rigid lines and appearance, provide that rustic tropical Island/Africa look. A totally new look and appearance was the result.
2. Because this tile measure 8oomm x 450mm long compared to the tropical tile that measure 800mm x 650mm the spacing between the different layers can be much more resulting to using less tiles. The companies that copied Fiber Roofing make a much shorter tropical tile because they make the tiles from the off cuts. At Fiber Roofing we cut first the material for Topical tiles and then proceed cutting the rest up for stepped Cape reed tiles.
3. Some agents use the Tropical cape reed tiles on a structure such as an umbrella or gazebo and use only on the eave the Cape reed tiles. The advantage is that the look (appearance) of the roof change totally and the larger eave tile on the same structure provide a much bigger shade area.
4. There is no doubt that a tropical Cape reed tile fitted at the same spacing is much more water proof.
5. 8 Years ago Jan Grobler visited our agents in Euope. Mr. Daniel Nunes, The owner of Progescom, also one of our first agents, took him to various completed projects. Jan was amazed that when a compared a say 6 year old stepped Cape Reed thatch roof with a 10 year old Tropical Cape Reed roof, the weathering on the stepped Cape Reed roof was much worse than on the Tropical cape reed roof. The tiles on the 6 year old Stepped Cape reed roofs were due for replacement while tropical tile roofs looked as if the roof can still go another 5 years. The reason is that that reed coming loose because of weathering and age lying on the roof surface are not at all so noticing. This extended life span is a real benefit.