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.