Building reed roofs

Reed roofs have existed for many years in our history. Once they were built for convenience: reeds grow in marshy and watery places and were a free construction material. But today a reed roof is much more than that.

A reed roof is an environmentally friendly as well as stylish solution for home. Exceptional properties of this material allows making the roofs of different shapes and giving the building a modern look. Such roofs are a very popular choice for log houses, because the weight of the reeds help them settle faster. A reed roof does not need a rainwater drainage system and has good sound insulation and thermal conductivity properties. According to STR 2.01.09:2005, overall heat transfer coefficient is λd.s.=0.09 W(m·K). Depending on roof structure and quality of installation, a well-maintained reed roof can serve up to 50 years.

However, make sure to choose reliable roofing specialists.

Building reed roofs has been the business of Simpeksa UAB for over 10 years. Our roofers are qualified and professional specialists who guarantee the quality of their work.

A reed roof is installed in several stages.

Preparing roof structure

Proper preparation of roof structure is essential for reed roofs – it ensures the durability of the roof and the comfort of the residents.

Placement of reed bundles and anchoring the fastenings

After placing reed bundles on roof structure, the roofers press them against the structure and release the bundles. In order to achieve the desired result, roof surface is gradually levelled and reeds are evenly spread.

Shaping the roof

During this stage, the layer of reeds is shaped to achieve required thickness and the house gains the desired appearance. Finally, the ridge and window sills are installed.


The last stage of building a reed roof is cleaning. The specialists of Simpeksa UAB responsibly perform the finishing touches and leave you with a complete roof, which will serve you for many years.

There is a common misconception that building a reed roof is very simple – one only needs to get some reeds (which can often be found in nearby water bodies). However, it is important to understand that this process requires special skills and experience. It is necessary to know how to cut the reeds, how to clean up the territory, how thick should the reed layer be depending on the slope of the roof, and how to ensure hermetic installation. Many seemingly minor details may lead to higher-than-expected costs. Therefore, we recommend entrusting the installation to professionals.