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Thatched roofing specialists in Bicester

We offer a full range of services, including a free consultation and quotation to homeowners, perspective buyers and sellers. J&J Master Thatchers & Roofers only complete one project at a time, working at least 5 days a week. Whether you just need a small repair on a thatch, a complete re-thatch, a repair on a tiled roof, or a full re-tile, every property is treated with complete care and respect, giving our full attention to detail.

 

Re-Ridging Services

Re-ridging is a process where the very top course of the roof is renewed, also known as the cap. We offer both block ornamental ridges and flush ridges, with a full wrap-over finish. Patterns can be discussed to ensure we achieve the best results for you.

Types of ridges you can choose from include:

  • A simple straight pattern and thatch cut. This is often specific to the thatcher.

  • A complex egg and dart pattern, which consists of an egg-shaped design followed by a dart, anchor or arrow-shaped one.

  • A hearing bone pattern, which is a zigzag pattern.

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Re-Thatching Services

A total re-thatch can involve stripping a roof to a firm foundation or stripping the roof to timbers. If stripping to timbers, this option is the one where building regulations should be addressed. If stripped to a firm foundation or to timbers, a re-thatch of the coat work (like for like if it's a listed building) will also involve a new ridge. The whole roof is often wired in the case of combed wheat and long straw, although it appears to be a regional preference. This is due primarily to deterring vermin problems. Water reed roofs tend to just have the ridge wired in. The depth of the fixings is paramount to the lifespan of the roof, and this is down to the skill of the individual thatcher.  If we decide a full re-thatch is the best option, we shall discuss with you the best materials that will be appropriate, your preference, and the pitch of the roof.

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Thatch Roof Pest Control

Vermin such as rats and squirrels should be removed as soon as possible as they can devastate a thatch roof. It is important to understand how they got into the thatch so that they can be best dealt with. We utilise a number of pest control solutions. Birds such as crows and magpies can damage thatched roofs by pulling out straws. Birds of prey are sometimes employed as deterrents, as are dummy birds of prey. The latter will require occasional moving to reduce the pests being accustomed to their presence. When dealing with thatch pests, there is often more than one way to achieve a similar result, it sometimes can be a case of trying different things to get the best solution for your problem.

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Thatch Roof Pest Control

Vermin such as rats and squirrels should be removed as soon as possible as they can devastate a thatch roof. It is important to understand how they got into the thatch so that they can be best dealt with. We utilise a number of pest control solutions. Birds such as crows and magpies can damage thatched roofs by pulling out straws. Birds of prey are sometimes employed as deterrents, as are dummy birds of prey. The latter will require occasional moving to reduce the pests being accustomed to their presence. When dealing with thatch pests, there is often more than one way to achieve a similar result, it sometimes can be a case of trying different things to get the best solution for your problem.

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Thatch Roof Maintenance

Generally, the ridge of the thatch will require replacing every 10-15 years. The coat work will vary depending on the material used and its associated lifespan. To maintain a thatch roof, we advise allowing it to dry well, removing trees and plants which may hinder the sun, and wind drying it or rain dispersing. If it is damp, it will also increase the likelihood of moss and algae growth, which in turn keeps the roof wet. Do not assume that because the thatch roof looks neat (with a good-conditioned roof pattern) that it is in good condition. Often sellers get a new ridge done on an old thatch roof which is beyond its life just to sell it. A lot of clients like to have their thatched roof monitored over its lifespan. However, some older thatch roofs benefit from a check-up from time to time that we can arrange for you and advise.

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Book your thatched roofing consultation today.

Speak to our thatched roofing specialists today on 07398 901914 and book a consultation.