Alang-alang (Imperata Cylindrica) is a naturally grown product of Indonesia, locally sourced from the islands of Bali and Lombok. The grass itself is often seen growing wildly along the sides of roads and picturesque rice paddies throughout the islands. Once grown to sufficient length the grass is harvested, dried and tirelessly hand woven into thick bundles which wrap along a bamboo stick.

The finished width of a piece of thatch is approximately 750mm to 1.2m. Here at Balistyle we import sheet lengths of 2.4m and 1.2m to suit Australian building code and rafter spacings of 600mm to ensure less waste to create the full effect of the product.

Amazingly this blade grass becomes totally waterproof when installed correctly using a combination of roof pitch and thatch spacing. Not only will correct installation ensure the waterproofing integrity of the roof, but will also act to maximize the lifetime of the product upto 20 years! Temperatures under the pavilion will be at least 5-10 cooler than the surrounds.

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