This Long straw roof in Norfolk was stripped back to reveal a mass of nails and spikes driven into the old rafters.

As part of the maintenance and re-thatching project, we removed all the battens and nails and covered the roof with Fireboards which, in addition to providing a fire barrier against thatch fires, also helps to strengthen the roof.

The new thatch will be screwed to the battens which will not damage the rafters which the metal spikes can do.