NSMT MATERIAL QUALITY SCHEME.
Over recent years we have seen an increase of decay setting in on thatched roofs. Our research has shown where and how decay occurs. A combination of fungi and bacteria which are naturally present in the marsh and on the reeds can rapidly multiply under warm, damp conditions causing this decay. With this understanding we can work to produce a thatched roof which can achieve its potential with minimal maintenance.
There are some easy to implement measures which will ensure the reeds can maintain their properties and perform as expected. The Material Quality Scheme starts on the marsh or field, through handling and storage until the materials are finally fixed to the roof.
Life expectancy of a thatched roof is dependent on the quality of the materials used.
Our members and their suppliers are encouraged to evaluate their materials at each stage of the thatching process and keep a record of the quality and condition of the materials for future reference.