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Mud-bug Repairs

The damage shown in the photos is a typical example of mud-bugs that were installed incorrectly and top of the Bali Hut had insufficient thatch cover.

The damage to the Bali Hut thatch could have been prevented if the apex was build up, the mud-bugs were installed correctly and if the mud-bugs were repaired in time, thus adding another 5 to 7 years to the life of the Bali Hut

90% of all the Bali huts installed currently were installed using Cable Ties. Cable ties gets brittle after 5 years and the Mud-bugs start to fall apart.

Important Information for Mud-bug Repairs.


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What makes us different:

We at Brisbane Thatch and Decks have been building, repairing and installing Bali Huts since 2003 and have seen many attempts by different thatching companies and even builders. In 2003 we teamed up with Oz Thatch, a thatching company that was already 7 years in the business. We learnt from the best and learnt even more from other builders and thatchers mistakes. Every time we do a site inspection or a repair we are always striving to find new ways to improve our quality even further. We have perfected our skills over the years and quite simply are the best at what we do. Ask any builder how many Bali huts they have built - they will say a handful at best. We on the other hand have done literally thousands and are still counting. Thatching companies have come and gone - we are the company with the most experience. We still see things that are unbelievably scary, interesting and innovative as we work our way through the huts of Brisbane. The best Ideas we keep and use on our own Bali Huts


We are repair at least 3 - 5 Bali Huts a month that were done by the Tropical Thatch Method which involves tying the mud-bugs with cable ties to a piece of timber which is then screwed to the ridge. Normally they all are just three to five years old and generally none of them have had the ridge built up or extended king post so that the thatch gets thicker towards the top of the Bali hut.

Sadly, the people that have installed the majority of Bali Huts in Australia have used these poor methods. There are many poor traits used in the thatching business and it is very easy to fall victim to them if your hut is thatched incorrectly.

If you look at your Bali Hut see how many of the following possible defects you can identify:

1. Cable ties get brittle after a three to five years and the cable ties does not hold the mud-bugs tight enough so it start to pull out. You are no doubt always picking up after it.

2. Cable ties are not holding the thatch tight and in place, normally the bottom ones start falling out first or forms little tassels where the mud-bug is not held in place but rather hanging on like its attached to a string.

3. The mud-bugs are attached to a stick which has been screwed to the ridge. The problem is that the gaps between the mud-bugs is to big and after 5 years the top of the mud-bugs get exposed. You then start seeing sunlight inside your hut and the cable ties get exposed. The cable ties then get brittle and it's time for a repair/re-thatch.

4. The apex of the Bali Hut is not built up. The single layer of thatch at the top starts to get brittle and showing sunlight after just a few years. It is only a matter of time before water starts coming through and finishes the job.

5. If the Bali Hut is standing under a tree or two, make sure no branches are rubbing on the top of the thatch - they will rub the top layers of thatch off.

6. Make sure no leaves and sticks are lying on your Bali Hut. Bali Huts last longer in the sun and dry out quicker. Leaves and sticks prevent the thatch from drying out naturally. When the debris on the roof starts to rot, the thatch will start rotting as well.

7. Sometimes everything was done correctly and your Bali Hut is due for a Re-thatch. It is after all a natural product. When the ends of the bottom layers of thatch reach the fold over, it's time to call us.

At Brisbane Thatch and Decks, we have developed our own method of thatching and installing Mud-bugs.

What Brisbane Thatch do differently:

1. We stagger the thatch when thatching so as to not create a gutter for water to get through.

2. We use galvanized wire to attach the mud-bugs directly to the hips.

3. On the square huts we fit a king post extension so we can fit an additional ring of mud bugs to the top of the Bali Hut.

4. With the Rectangular Bali Huts, we extend the ridge to 140mm to fit more thatch to the apex of the hut to further ensure water cannot penetrate through the top. 5. We cover the top of the mud-bugs to make sure it stays tight and dry to last longer.

It all sounds easy but it you haven't done it before it can quite easily go wrong.


We are very well priced and we do not take any shortcuts. We stand by our work and we want your Bali hut to last for as long as possible.

Please contact us if you need any more information or book a site inspection.

Have a good day


Brisbane Thatch and Decks