Recoating & Stripping of Thatched Roofs Why does the thatch on some roofs seem so much thicker than on others? This is indeed the case and is due to what is called ‘recoating’ or ‘spar coating’ which means the new thatch is fixed over the old thatch which is left […]
The flexibility of Thatch is often seen as a much more versatile roofing material to use on roofs than more rigid slates & tiles. It will mould itself to any roof shape without the need for lead valleys and where there are changes in roof pitches. These photographs illustrate this […]
Grant aid for the re-thatching and upkeep of Ireland’s Historic Thatched Cottages Not far from the Giants Causeway on the north coast of Northern Ireland lies Hezlett house a thatched cottage dating from 1690 and now a National Trust property. In August 2014 the re-thatching of this landmark building got […]
There comes a time when decisions have to be made about the future up-keep of any thatched roof. Can it be repaired or should it be re-thatched? At one extreme this decision is made easier if the roof has been leaking or shedding thatch over a period of time and […]
These two thatched walls were part of a large re-thatch in Scotland.
Removing the old thatch and battens prior to fitting fireboards.