Benefits of Our Thatching Services
If you’ve read this far, you might be considering going it alone, doing your own research, and hiring a thatcher that is not a member of the NSMT. We are by no means saying that only NSMT thatchers can be trusted. There are many excellent thatchers that have chosen not to become members.
However, there are benefits to using an NSMT member. For one, we remove uncertainty and guesswork, assuring you of excellent service at competitive prices every time. That’s because our members are held to a high standard and must meet strict requirements to retain their memberships. Here are just a few reasons why it’s advantageous to hire an NSMT member:
- Guaranteed Access to Highly Accredited Thatchers
- Quickly Identify Reputable Thatchers Near You
- Saves You Time and Money
- Provides Complete Peace of Mind
- Access to Unbiased Intermediary Support if a Dispute Arises
Finding a decent thatcher outside of the NSMT can be a minefield. You could easily come across one that falls far short of your expectations, leaving you out of pocket. Also be wary of any thatchers displaying our logo that don’t appear in our database. If in doubt, run their details, and if they don’t appear but display our logo, look elsewhere.
A Guide to Thatching Specifications
Our website features a guide to thatching specifications, which contains the definitions for various terms used in the industry. The site also lists information regarding the main thatching materials that are commonly used.
The first of these materials is combed straw, which is made by mechanically removing the grain by processing the straw using a comber attachment. This attachment is fitted to the threshing drum. The resulting material is undamaged with straw stems devoid of weed, grain, or leaves. These stems are mechanically bundled and clipped.
Next up is long straw. Long straw skips the comber attachment, instead removing the grain mechanically as the straw is fed through the thresher drum. This does require further processing to straighten the broken straw stems, while removing the weed and grass. Long straw is popular for those looking to achieve a more rugged appearance.
Water reed is one of the most commonly used materials in the thatching industry. It’s use dates back to the Bronze Age, and it is a material often found in wetlands where a professional cutter manages and cuts it. Water reed is a heavy material, and so is not suitable for every roof.
Here in the UK, we import large quantities of water reed from overseas as only 10% of the reeds used come domestically.