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In most of Europe, thatch remained the only roofing material available to the bulk of the population in the countryside, in many towns and villages, until the late 1800s. Thatch has become much more popular in the UK over the past 30 years, and is now a symbol of wealth. There are approximately 1,000 full-time thatchers at work in the UK, and thatching is becoming popular again because of the renewed interest in preserving historic buildings and using more sustainable building materials.
There are more thatched roofs in Great Britain than in any other European country. Good quality straw thatch can last for more than 50 years when applied by a skilled thatcher. The lifespan of a thatched roof is also dependent on the skill of the thatcher, but other factors need to be taken into account, such as climate, quality of the materials used, and the pitch of the roof. Good thatch will not require frequent maintenance.
In England a ridge will normally last 8–14 years, and re-ridging will be required several times during the lifespan of a thatch. Thatch is not as flammable as many people believe.
Insurance premiums on thatched houses are higher than average in part because of the perception that thatched roofs are a fire hazard but if you have smoke detectors in the roof space and the thatchers have utilised a spray-on fire retardant or pressure impregnated fire retardants you can keep those premiums to a minimum.
Thatch is also a natural insulator, and air pockets within straw thatch insulate a building in both warm and cold weather. A thatched roof will ensure that a building will be cool in summer and warm in winter. Thatch also has very good resistance to wind damage when applied correctly.
Thatch is a versatile material when it comes to covering irregular roof structures. This fact
lends itself to the use of second-hand, recycled and natural materials that are not only more sustainable, but need not fit exact standard dimensions to perform well.
Thatching is the craft of building a roof with
dry vegetation such as straw, water reed, sedge,rushes, or heather and layering the vegetation so as to shed water away from the inner roof. It is a very old roofing method that has, of late, become increasingly popular again.
Thatched properties can be found across many villages in England and are perceived as being the choice of affluent people who desire a rustic look for their home, with a more ecologically friendly roof.