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Contact J&J Master Thatchers & Roofers for Thatched Roof Maintenance
In Bicester

J&J Master Thatchers & Roofers have built a solid reputation in and around the Bicester area. Whether you need thatched roof maintenance, re-ridging or a complete thatched roof installation, don't hesitate to get in touch. We pride ourselves on our friendly customer service, so book in your free consultation today.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to thatch a roof?

This is dependent on the size of the thatch roof and number of thatchers. A family sized 3 bedroom, detached house would probably take a team of 3 men about one month.

Can any roof be thatched?

Yes, as long as it is steep enough. A 45 degree angle is the minimum requirement for a suitable thatched roof.

What straw do you use on a thatch roof?

Water reed - grows on reed riverbed areas. Water reeds are generally thought to be the longest-lasting of thatching materials although there are always exceptions. The life expectancy of water reed is 25-40 years.
Combed wheat reed - most of the work is done with combed wheat straw as it gives a neat, trimmed look and finish to your thatch roof with a smoother finish than other materials used. The life expectancy is 25-35 years.
Long straw - long straw is produced from straw specifically grown for thatching. The life expectancy is 15-25 years.
Ridge - A thatch flush ridge is commonly associated with long straw roofs but maybe applied to any roof if desired. Ridges are usually done in wheat straw, rye, hybrid like triticale or oat straw. The life expectancy is 10-15 years.

Why do thatch roofs have wire netting?

Wire netting is fitted to thatch to prevent or reduce damage from birds or other vermin. Ridges are netted in most cases, as are roofs of long straw and combed wheat reed. It is common practice to leave water reeds without netting because it is more resistant to vermin damage.

How does a thatch roof keep the water out?

Straw is laid at an angle so when any rain hits the thatch, gravity allows the drops to descend onto the straw below until it finally reaches the eaves.