A thatched roof can set your home apart by giving it a traditional appearance that both homeowners and property hunters adore. However, if you want to install a thatched roof, it is crucial to use high-quality materials that guarantee to stand the test of time with minimal-required maintenance.
With over four decades of experience, Andrew Bowman Master Thatcher is your go-to company for thatching services. We have established a reputation for quality workmanship and being high-value, and we can take on any project regardless of size and complexity. From large barns through to small cottages, we can handle it all here at Andrew Bowman Master Thatcher, so call us today to find out how we can help you.
The Highest Quality Thatching Materials Has to Offer
Thatching is one of the world's oldest forms of roofing, and it is still highly sought after by homeowners that want to create a stand-out home. Even though we mostly work with converted barns, cottages and country houses, we are capable of installing and repairing thatched roofs for any property, and that's largely thanks to the superior quality of our materials. We use traditional binders to cut our thatching materials here in Bampton, which we thresh with a traditional reed comber. Plus, because of our commitment to quality, we grow our own wheat reed in Bampton.
Our Range of Thatching Supplies
We use traditional methods to farm our own wheat reed, and our two main thatched roof materials we use include:
Home Grown Combed Wheat Reed
To make combed wheat reed, we harvest wheat just after it starts turning slightly green in the field. Then, we completely dry the wheat straw and squeeze it into round bales, which are then ready for reed combing and then to use. With its soft, rounded finish, combed wheat reed should survive for about 20 - 30 years, though the ridge will need replacing about every 10 - 15 years.
Imported Water Reed
Otherwise known as Norfolk reed, water reed is coarser and stronger than the combed wheat alternative and gives your roof a sharp finished appearance.