Hopefully you will all know what I mean by having a thatched roof, although there may be some of you from the younger generations that are sat there scratching their heads in confusion – if this is the case then you can always go and ask Google as you will certainly find your answer there. Anyway, roof thatching was a thing more popular in the past and nowadays is only really found among housing and property located in the countryside. Very rarely will you now find homes with thatched roofs in the inner-big cities. It is a shame really because they do tend to look much nicer than your common slated roof and they bring lots more character to a home.
Many people have the wrong idea that homes with Thatched roofs are more susceptible to suffering from water leaks or more prone to catching on fire in the case of there being some sort of electrical or other type of fire related error – but this is really not the truth and a properly fitted and thatched roof will have been treated with protective layers to make them both water resistant and fire retardant. Another miss informed thought about thatched roofs is that they will need fixing and re-working too frequently and so they are an inefficient way of protecting your home from the outdoors. However this is also just misguided information, because in actual fact, a thatched roof, if done properly by a skilled professional, should last the homeowner a good 50-70 years before requiring any replacements. The roof ridge however would likely need attention and perhaps replacing every 8 – 10 years.
Thatching a roof is a skill that really needs to be kept alive as it is part of the UK character and as mentioned before, it looks so nice if done right. Also it is environmentally friendly as it is totally made up from dried vegetation – like straw, water reed, sedge, rushes, heather palm fronds and more. Fortunately there are still a good number of skilled thatcher’s working in the UK, but will their young ones take on the family tradition? Only time will tell! I hope so.