Ready for Ridging on Roof near Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Ready for RidgingThe rear elevation of this roof has all the new thatch in place and the top course of water reed has been completed.  Before the straw ridge is fitted we will cut the tops of the reed off and build the ridge higher with ridge rolls.  We then discuss the ridge cut and shape with the customer taking into account any roof features that may influence this – such as the position of chimneys and windows; the straw is then fitted to the top course of reed using twisted hazel spars.  On completion of the ridging the whole roof will be given a final dress to remove ladder marks etc and any stray pieces of reed removed to give a neat crisp finish.