Frequently Asked Questions About Thatching And Roofing Services

When you’re considering one of our roof thatching services, it’s normal to have some questions about the process. Read below to find out more about the process, cost and longevity of our thatching services.

>>> How much does a thatched roof cost?

The cost of replacing a thatched roof can vary greatly and is dependant on a number of factors. When calculating a quote for a thatched roof, we consider the size and complexity of the roof as well as material costs. Without a site survey and accurately measuring the roof it would be impossible to provide a quotation.

>>> How long does a thatched roof last?

As with the cost of a thatched roof, the lifespan of a thatched roof can depend on a variety of factors. On average, a thatched roof will last between 25 and 40 years. While size and materials affect the lifespan of thatched roof, excellent craftsmanship is key. That’s why should use a master thatcher with proven experience. As Simply Thatch, our 17 years’ experience enables us to ensure thatched roofs and repairs last as long as possible.

>>> What are the advantages of having a thatched roof?

There are many advantages to having a thatched roof. Their attractive appearance will give your property a higher resale value, and will entice customers to a commercial property such as a café or pub. As well as their aesthetic benefits, thatched roofs are made from naturally weather-proof materials. They also contain natural air pockets, which makes for excellent insulation.

>>> What is the cost of thatched roof insurance?

Normal insurance providers can insure a home with a thatched roof. Unfortunately, the insurance premium can be slightly higher due to an increased fire risk. While, statistically, thatched roofs are no more likely to catch fire than tile or slate, fires do spread more rapidly across thatched roofs. You can reduce your premium by taking extra measures to prevent fires. For further advice please get in contact.

>>> Is it more expensive to insure thatched roofs?

Thatched roof materials are more costly than those used on normal houses. Re-ridging is required for thatched roofs every 8 to 10 years, and your insurance will want to know that your roof is in excellent working order to minimise difficulties. Your thatched cottage might possibly be a listed structure, which means that repairs and construction are subject to severe regulations.

If you had to file a claim, you’d also have to hire a roof repair professional, which may be pricey.

>>> What are the materials used to make thatched roofs?

Grass, reeds, and other natural materials are used to make thatched roofs. Water reed, combed wheat reed, and long straw are the most widely used materials in the UK, while heather, turf, sedge, rye straw, and veldt grass are also employed, especially when historic preservation is a concern.

>>> What is the procedure for thatching a roof?

From the eaves up, thatched roofs are built by putting bundles of thatching material in overlapping layers all the way to the ridge. The thatcher next covers the roof with a ridge and completes the job by trimming eaves and verges, flashing around chimneys, and, if necessary, putting box gutters beneath windows. If a bespoke ridge is wanted for artistic purposes, more shaping and trimming will be required.

>>> When do thatched roofs need to be replaced?

Thatched roofs only need to be replaced when the thatching materials have degraded to the point where they are no longer functional. A long straw roof may need to be replaced or re-coated after 15 years; on the other hand, a well-built water reed roof may endure 40 to 60 years before needing to be replaced.

>>> Is it possible to insulate a thatched roof?

Thatch is a great insulator in itself, and it rarely requires additional insulation. If a property owner wishes, insulation can be placed to the underside of a thatched roof. Insulation should be kept to a minimum, according to master thatchers, in order to allow roofing materials to breathe freely.

Why Choose to Work with Simply Thatch?

Our Master Thatchers are ready, willing, and able to advise and provide quotations on how to renovate and repair your thatched roof.

With over two decades worth of experience, we’ve been brought in to work on properties across the UK, making us one of the most trusted Master Thatchers around. Check out our Google Review and you’ll see a host of happy customers who are more than satisfied with our work. 

Just fill in the form and we’ll be in touch with you to arrange a time for one of our master thatchers to come over and assess your thatched roof and give you a quote!