I work with both wheat reed and water reed. Traditional wheat reed varieties include Maris Widgeon, Red Standard, Victor, Square head Master, huntsmen and No.59. I also use Triticale which is a mixture between Wheat and Rye. Wheat reed is the traditional material used on a Dorset roof.
To provide you with a brief insight as to what work is carried out I have included below some examples of work that I have undertaken along with descriptions of the process and method used.
When thatching a roof we establish which layers of straw need to be stripped or can be left to provide a good base layer. Usually we just strip the top layer of deteriorated thatch. If a roof is in a dilapidated state we may need to strip it back to the original roof battens and carry out remedial repairs,
We thatch roofs throughout Dorset using wheat straw or water reed where appropriate. Master Thatcher Edward Taylor has been thatching in and around Dorset for many years and can advise on what work is required to your thatched house. For all thatching works, including ridging and patching contact us for a free no obligation quote.
It is not always necessary to totally re-thatch a roof, we can patch your roof or put a new ridge on. We are thatch roofs in Dorset, Somerset and Devon and use traditional methods. We are members of Dorset Master Thatcher’s Association and works with planners and conservation officers alike advising on thatched roofs. See our services.
Thatching methods have traditionally been passed down from generation to generation but we need to keep with the times on health and safety. Often scaffolding is required for thatching roofs. Using our expertise, we match the scaffolding to the thatching works. We can provide all types of scaffolding work. Go to: dorsetscaffoldingcompany.com