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Thatchwork

Seen as a very traditional style of roofing, thatch work roofs protect over 60,000 properties in Britain, with 75% of these being listed buildings. With our specialism in restoring listed buildings, maintaining & re-thatching these roofs has become an area of expertise for us following its rise in popularity since the 1990s.

As thatched roofs have limited lifespans, many of the projects we have worked on have been to assist the maintenance of the roof rather than incident damage. The various reeds that make up the thatch work have been known to last up to 60 years, as others could last as little as 10 years, so repairs & rethatching will always be required. Along with the exposure to elements, there are multiple factors that can affect the lifespan of the thatch work including the humidity the location, tree proximity and surrounding bird population. When rethatching a property, we would always consider the environment of the location and recommend the most suitable reed materials.

Our approach to restoring thatching is to always firstly determine if the roof needs to be repaired or rethatched. For when the finish of the roof starts to look tired, meaning it has thinned out or the fixings are exposed, then we would advise for a repair. In these conditions the roof still in good state to continue for many more years, its just needs some care to address those smaller fixes. On the other hand, if the roof has had a continuous escape of water or is shedding a lot then a rethatch is the best option.

The materials we use when carrying out our work would be determined by matching the current thatch or the most suitable for the environment of property. Leaning to give the owner the best longevity possible, we use a lot of water reed and wheat reed. Water reed having the longest lifespan of up to 60 years, this is the most cost effective of the materials but with its straighter nature, it more practical for less rounded roofs. For rounded roofs we recommend wheat reed as it has softer finish, additionally lasting for 25-35 years. Furthermore, to cater to the curvature of the ridge, we would used combed wheat reed. As the ridge is one of the more susceptible areas of the roof, we advise getting this area rethatched every 10-15 years.

Additional protection services we can offer including fire retardant application to make the material less flammable to laying a mesh wiring over the roof to as defense against birds.

If you have further enquiries about our thatch work services, contact us on 01922 458 555 or at enquiries@farcroftuk.com.

Years of expertise have led us to develop specialist techniques, enabling us to undertake many different types of restoration

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