What is thatch?
Thatched roofs don’t have tiles on them like ordinary homes, they have thatch. Thatched is dried reeds and grass made into a waterproof roof. You can use wheat, barley, straw and heather. Water reed is the most durable as it lasts around 60 years whereas a roof made out of other grasses will only last 30 years and then it will have to be replaced. They are warm in winter and cool in the summer and will keep out the wind and the rain.
Do only old properties have thatched roofs?
No, there are plenty of new builds being constructed in England that have thatched roofs too, especially in places like Dorset and other parts of the West Country. Another popular place to see thatched roof houses is in Wiltshire.
Can any type of property have thatched roof?
It can, as long as the roof doesn’t slope more than 45 or 50 degrees. This it to allow the rain water to run off efficiently. You’ll find thatched roofs on small cottages, large country houses and even hotels.
Do they need a lot of maintenance?
Not really, the ridge of the roof needs to be renewed about every 15 years and at that time you can take away any moss that’s grown and give it a general clean.