Thatching Materials – Combed Wheat Reed

Combed Wheat Straw Re-thatch

The combination of sunlight on a smooth surface of Thatch which also has wire netting fitted to its surface makes this roof almost shine.  The Combed Wheat Straw was delivered from the West Country. The roof in Bedfordshire took one of our teams less than three weeks to re-thatch.  All […]

Thatching Materials – Combed Wheat Straw

Combed Wheat Straw or combed wheat reed (CWR) is also sometimes referred to as Devon Reed. As the name suggests the thatch finish gives a dressed appearance very much like water reed.  Even for experienced Thatchers it is not always possible to say whether a roof has been thatched in […]

Long Straw Thatching

Long straw thatching is a style of straw thatching which gives a shaggy surface appearance and is very common in the Midlands and East Anglia. It requires more preparation on the ground where the Thatcher has first to make the straw into bundles called yealms.  Unlike water reed thatching or […]

Ridge Life Misconceptions and Advice

I increasingly hear from thatch owners who have been misled about the lifespan of their thatch and the maintenance required within that lifespan. Back in the 1980s, there was a building company who sold their new thatched houses and told the purchasers the roofs would  last  40-50 years;  what they […]