Thatching Services We Provide
As experienced thatchers, we provide a full and comprehensive service to our customer's requirements. With years of experience and expertise in thatching and growing our own materials. We offer surveys, free estimates and other relevant advice on all thatched properties.
We carry out professional thatching work on all types of buildings; houses, barns, summer houses, well tops, golfing huts and bird tables. We also create straw finials (straw figures) to our customers requirements.
Offering thatching services to the whole of the UK, including Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Rutland, Lincolnshire, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.
Ridge and Repair
This service involves removing the existing ridge pattern on the building and replacing it with a new ridge which is then re-wired. The existing roof will be repaired where necessary. Priority will be given wherever possible to emergency repairs
Reed Full Re-Thatch
This service involves removing all the existing thatch. Once this process is complete it may be necessary to undertake some work to upgrade the existing timbers in the roof before a re-thatch can be carried out to a depth of 15 to 18 inches with a ridge design included.
Straw Full Re-Thatch
This service involves removing the existing thatch (depending on the condition of the roof it may be necessary to remove more than one layer of straw if there are many old layers of thatch). Once this process is complete a new top thatch will be carried out to a depth of 16 to 18 inches with a ridge design included.
Woodwork, Scaffolding and Carpentry
We undertake any woodwork necessary including the replacement of rafters, install fireboards where required, do filleting of chimneys, organise the provision of scaffolding (and where possible use our own scaffolding) and liaise with other workmen on site. We remove all rubbish and endeavour to leave the site as clean as we found it.
Materials We Use
For Straw Thatching
All the straw that we use is grown locally by ourselves and we own in excess of 100 acres of land. This is harvested by ourselves and used on our client's roofs as well as being supplied to other Thatchers.
Flailed Straw (also known as Combed Wheat Reed) - This is undamaged straw and consists of a wheat and Rye mix known as Triticalli discovered in Scotland in 1860. It grows much taller than normal wheat straw and can be up to 5ft tall.
Long Straw - This is drum threshed straw which is prepared by hand on our own premises.
For Reed Thatching
Water Reed - Is a very durable material which has been grown naturally within our region of East Anglia for hundreds of years.
Imported Reed - We can import Reed from Turkey, Hungary, Poland and South Africa. This material has similar qualities to water reed but is more often used as it is easier to obtain.