It’s all the reed! They act just like tiles, except instead of there being hundreds of them, there are thousands of strands of reed. The steeper the roof the better as this give the water the chance to run off more easily.
If you go over the top of the existing reed on your roof, this just adds extra weight which ultimately will begin to damage the structure of your house itself.
It also raises the height of the thatch which reduces the distance between the roof and the chimney top which is a fire hazard. According to building regulations it should be 1.8 metres between the thatch and the top of your chimney.
By stripping a roof you also expose any rotten roof timbers which can then be replaced while it is clear strengthen the structure of your house. Also by making sure that the roof timbers are well set it lays a good foundation for the straw and ultimately gives a better finish to the look and structure of it.
If you take a look at the eaves on your roof (the overhang of thatch) you might be able to see some dark stains. This is the water inside your roof. The dark staining will get closer and closer to the wall of your property. Don’t wait until it reaches the property, give us a call before that and we can make sure we do a repair before the roof is compromised. Weak spots also include by your chimney and in the valleys of your roof.
Yes, it is very normal to see straw from your attic space, especially on older cottages. What you can see inside is what we call the “waistcoat” or the under/first layer. It is only on modern day houses that we lay down fire board, felt, and breather membrane before laying the straw down.
Plastic spars tend to be cheaper to buy than traditional hazel spars. However, we do not use plastic spars on any of our jobs due to their destructive nature. If you use plastic spars when you come to do a repair to extend the life of your roof, it damages the roof as they are being pulled out meaning you have to increase the size of the area you are repairing. They also look very ugly on a beautiful traditional thatch.
Thatch is a favourite material of birds, mice, and rats to chew on as well as nest in and it can cause considerable damage to your roof. By adding netting this helps deter vermin from getting into your roof. Water reed doesn’t require netting as much as wheat reed but all our quotes include netting as we feel it is best to protect your roof as much as possible.