Thatching Materials

Many of our clients have their heart set on a thatched roof, but aren't sure which style would best compliment their property. To help you make an informed choice, here's our guide on the range of thatching materials available:

Water Reed

Water reed is the material we usually recommend for thatching new build properties. It's the most durable thatching material and has a wonderful, quaint character. Water reed thatched roofs do not require wire netting, as the material is not susceptible to bird attacks.

Whilst the overall cost may be higher than other roofing options, many of our clients believe it is worth the investment, as a water reed roof can typical last between 50 and 60 years without any problems.

Combed Wheat Straw

You may not know it by name, but combed wheat thatching is instantly recognisable thanks to its distinctive 'brushed' appearance. This style has been used frequently for thatched roofs since the late 1800s. With proper care, you can expect a combed wheat straw roof from SJ Eccles and Sons to last around 30-35 years.

Long Straw

In contrast to the uniform appearance of combed wheat, long straw has a naturally dishevelled, rural aesthetic associated with old English farmyard cottages and is equally appealing in its own right.

After it is threshed, the long straw is shaken, wet, then left to steep. After a time, it becomes pliable, allowing the straw to be formed into yealms. The yealms are attached to the roof as part of the thatching process and fixing rods are used to securely fix verges and eaves.

We use high grade long straw, which has been grown specifically for use when thatching. Long straw thatched roofs have a typical lifespan of around 20-25 years.

If you would like to find out more about the thatching materials that we use, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us today and we will be happy to discuss your requirements and provide you with a free no obligation quote.