You will find that Cereal Straw can be processed in different ways to create different characteristics.
Cereal Straw, otherwise known as Long Straw, has been produced from straws specifically grown for thatching. It is known by this name, not because of the length it grows, but because of the way the finished roof looks. This straw has been threshed to only remove the grain, which leaves a straw that is tangled and broken, needing further preparation before use. The finished roof has a slightly shaggy finish and commonly has stickwork around the eaves and gables, which are cut to form a neat edge.
Combed Cereal Straw, or Reed, takes its name from the processed material. This straw has been threshed to remove the grain, but an attachment to the threshing machine removes the weeds, leaf and broken stems too. It leaves the processed straw, which is a straight length resembling a reed. These roofs take on a smoother carpet–like finish, with the eaves and gables cut to form neat, rounded edges.
Water Reed, also known as Phragmites Australis, is a grass that grows in wetland areas, and the length is dependent on the nutrients available. This reed is cut during the winter months before the new shoots appear. They are stacked loosely to dry before being cleaned and bundled, then sorted into differing lengths, ready to be used by a thatcher. A reed roof can be styled to look like a combed straw roof, but it generally forms sharper edges to eaves, gables, and hips.
Find a Thatcher
If you have a thatched roof on a historic property and you need to have it maintained, repaired, or replaced in line with conservation regulations, you will need to find a reputable team of thatchers. Here at the NSMT, we make it easy to find companies for heritage thatching with our handy ‘Find a Thatcher’ tool.
You can find a thatcher in your local area by searching by postcode, or you can search for a thatcher by name. It is important to be careful, however, as some thatchers will try to look like they are a part of the NSMT by displaying it on their vans and websites. The best way to ensure you work with a reputable thatcher is to check our list; if they do not appear in our ‘Find a Thatcher’ list, then they are not registered members.
We have heritage thatching members that work throughout the UK, with some prepared to work abroad if needed. You are sure to find a reputable thatcher through our site.
Check Out Our Gallery of Thatched Properties
We know that you may wish to see some of the many thatched properties across the country, whether for inspiration for your own or to see our members work to help decide on a team to use for your heritage thatching. This is why we have a dedicated online gallery page, which shows a wide variety of images of different thatching projects.
You can see through these images the quality of each member’s workmanship, which should give you complete peace of mind when hiring them to work on your own thatching project.
While there are many thatchers in the UK, you will need to ensure you work with a company that is approved to work on conservation areas. When you are looking for heritage thatching companies, you need to come to us at the NSMT, where you can find registered members across the country. We are here to help you find the perfect thatching team for your project, so you need simply get in touch with us via one of the below contact methods.
First, you can give us a call on 01530 222 954 or 07930 392652. We will discuss your requirements in further detail, answer any questions you may have, and offer honest and impartial advice should you need it. Alternatively, you can get in touch via a written method by sending an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Simply leave your enquiry and preferred method of contact, and we will respond as soon as possible.
However you choose to reach out to us, we look forward to hearing from you soon.