Bedfordshire Thatcher

Are you searching for a registered Bedfordshire thatcher? Well, look no further than NSMT Ltd (National Society of Master Thatchers). We boast a database listing all of the best thatchers in your location. Our mission is to not only give property owners access to the best master thatchers around, but also to sustain the future of thatch.  

If you would like to learn more information about what we can do for you, give us a call on 01530 392652. We are more than happy to provide advice on conservation and installations, as well as plenty more. 

Looking for a Bedfordshire Thatcher?

If you are seeking an experienced and registered thatcher in the Bedfordshire area, then there is no better way to do it than through our find a thatcher page. Here at NSMT Ltd, we have a database detailing all of our registered members. Simply enter in your postcode or search by thatchers name. 

Thatched Roof Installation

The installation process is dependent on the type of thatch that is being used. For example, some are suitable for open frameworks whereas others are appropriate for solid roofing structures. Thatch that requires a solid surface would benefit from a sub-surface of plywood so that it the material sits securely on the surface. 

Straw Roof Thatching

Cereal straw and water reeds are the two main materials used for thatching. By opting for cereal straw, you can achieve various characteristics. Long straw is threshed to remove the grain, leaving the straw broken and tangled. After undergoing some preparation, the straw can be used to create a roof that boasts a shaggy finish with a neat edge. 

Combed cereal straw is also threshed to remove the grain, but the weeds, broken stems, and leaf are also removed via an attachment to the threshing machine. With the processed straw being straight, the roof appears smoother with rounded edges. 

Thatch Repairs and Maintenance

Maintenance is required more on a thatched roof than a standard roof due to the materials. Generally, every 10-15 years, the ridge of the thatch will need replacing, but there is not a standard lifespan. If you require repairs, then we can put you in touch with a skilled thatcher. 

Benefits of Hiring a Master Thatcher

You are guaranteed quality when your hire a master thatcher. It is important to note that there are unfortunately thatchers claiming to be members of NSMT Ltd when they are not. Please remember that registered members will appear in our list, and if a name you search doesnt appear, then they are misleading you. 

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Scroll through our gallery page to see for yourself the exquisite beauty that thatch brings. 

Reed Roof Thatching  

A reed roof is made from water reed, which is a grass that you can find in wetland areas. During the winter, the reed is cut, allowing new shoots to appear. The reed is stacked to dry before getting cleaned and bundled into different lengths. By opting for a reed roof, you will achieve a similar appeared to combed straw, but the edges are generally sharper. 

Contact Us

Many homeowners and organisations in Bedfordshire have sought our professional opinion on how best to conserve thatched roofs. Not only that, but some have requested information regarding apprenticeships and how they get can involved. We also point people in the right direction when seeking a local master thatcher. Everyone on our team shares a passion for thatch, so we are more than happy to help you. 

If you would like to speak to a member of our friendly team to discuss your enquiry, call 01530 392652 or 07930 392652. Alternatively, send an email to and we will get back to you soon. 

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