Reading Thatcher 

Are you looking for Reading thatchers? Have you had a bad experience in the past with a company that wasn’t what it claimed to be? Then save yourself further hassle by turning to the National Society of Master Thatchers (NSMT). The NSMT is the UK’s largest recognised body of master thatchers, representing around a third of the industry.

While we don’t offer thatching services, we do provide access to a database of companies that offer quality roof thatching services in Reading and beyond. We represent around 350 thatchers nationwide, all of whom have demonstrated their commitment to high quality and affordability standards.

We also actively engage in research that preserves the heritage of thatch while exploring new materials and expanding our understanding of thatch. If you would like to locate a thatcher in your area, use our handy ‘Find a Thatcher’ tool. And if you’d like to learn more about what we do here at the NSMT, pick up the phone and call 01530 222954.

The Very Best Reading Thatchers Company

Thatching is a time-honoured tradition that has been around for centuries, long before modern roofing materials were widely used. Thatching involves the use of dry vegetation and includes wheat and water reed thatching. These materials are layered to create the roof covering, providing insulation and weatherproofing while maintaining a natural aesthetic.

Thatched materials are popular because of their charm, especially in rural areas, and because of their sustainability. They are far more eco-friendly than their modern counterparts.

Many properties throughout the UK have thatched roofs, but like modern roofs, they must be maintained and, if necessary, repaired from time to time. The issue is that you can’t just call up your local roofer, as most roofers have no knowledge of thatched roofs. They lack the required training and experience and are likely to do more harm than good.

So, who do you turn to when your roof thatching needs attention? How do you make sure you’re hiring a qualified, reputable master thatcher? You turn to the NSMT. The NSMT is the definitive point of contact for all things thatch, whether you’re looking to learn more about thatching or make contact with a master thatcher in your area.

We offer a wealth of resources regarding the thatching industry, and our ‘Find a Thatcher’ tool is a handy way to quickly locate a thatcher near you. For a thatcher to gain membership with the NSMT, they must have demonstrated their commitment to quality and affordability standards. They demonstrate professionalism and a dedication to providing customers with high-quality thatching services.

Find Traditional Reading Thatchers

As the largest recognised body of master thatchers, it goes without saying that we make it easy to find thatchers local to our customers. Our database contains around 350 master thatchers, with new thatchers added regularly. Our aim is to help customers find a reputable thatching company that’s local to them as quickly as possible. Simply call up our ‘Find a Thatcher’ tool, enter your postcode, and the system does the rest.

Our system pulls up details of all thatchers near you. You’ll see an interactive map with pins representing the location of all NSMT-member thatchers in your area. Click on the pin to bring up that thatcher’s information. Alternatively, you’ll find all the thatchers listed below, along with any relevant information.

This includes:

  • Company Name
  • Telephone Number
  • Address
  • Email
  • Link to Website

All the thatchers in our database are recognised as being skilled, qualified, and trustworthy. Many of these thatchers work on properties throughout the UK, and some even work abroad. So, if you own a thatched property outside the UK, the NSMT can put you in touch with a trained and responsible professional.

All our member thatchers have had their work inspected by their peers, and all agree to our Guide to Considerate Site Practice, too. You can trust that you’re hiring a company that comes highly approved and is equipped to handle all your thatching requirements.

Because of how skilled a thatcher needs to be to perform thatching work to a satisfactory level, it’s always recommended that you choose an NSMT member. That’s not to say that non-NSMT members should be avoided, but you get more assurances this way.

Also, be mindful of thatching companies that falsely display our logo. If in doubt, check our database, and if a company doesn’t appear, they are NOT NSMT members. To be on the safe side, use our database so you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re hiring a registered professional.

Roof Thatching Services in Reading

Having read more about the qualified thatchers listed in our database, you might be wondering what sort of services are available. First, it’s worth reiterating that we DO NOT offer thatching services. Use our ‘Find a Thatcher’ tool, and you’ll be given details of thatchers in your area that do.

All our member thatchers offer a range of thatching services, from maintenance and repairs to roof replacements. Maintenance is crucial as it ensures that any issues are dealt with sooner rather than later. It checks and guarantees the integrity of your roof and ensures that it provides the necessary protection for your property.

Regular maintenance will also help to prolong the lifespan of your roof, ensuring you get the most out of your money. Of course, no thatched roof is entirely invulnerable and severe weather, or physical collisions can easily damage a thatched roof. All our member thatchers are skilled in the art of repairing wheat and water reed thatching, restoring roofs to full working order in no time.

And, of course, if your roof has reached the end of its lifespan or been damaged beyond repair, they can all install a brand-new roof that’s of high quality. Plus, they can replace the ridge on your thatched roof, which should be done every ten years or so.

Other Reading Thatchers Services

In addition to helping our customers secure the best thatching services by putting them in touch with local member thatchers, we ourselves offer various services. Perhaps a more appropriate word would be resources, as we offer access to a wealth of information on subjects relevant to the thatching industry that include:

Apprenticeship training is especially important as there are far fewer thatchers around today than there were years ago. This is because thatched roofs aren’t as prevalent as they once were. Our apprenticeship scheme ensures that there will always be master thatchers by providing a means to train the next generation.

Contact Us

So, if you’re looking to hire thatched roof specialists operating in Reading, look no further than the NSMT. While we might not offer thatching services, we offer access to our comprehensive database of master thatchers. In our database, you’ll find the contact details of thatchers in your area that we trust to carry out thatching work to the highest standards.

As the UK’s largest recognised body of master thatchers, you can be confident that you’ve found the best thatching resource the industry has to offer. The NSMT is your assurance of high-quality thatching services at highly affordable prices. And we do so much more, too, from apprenticeships to conserving the heritage of thatch.

If you would like to learn more about the NSMT’s mission statement and what it is we do or ask questions about thatching, give us a call on 01530 222954. If you’d prefer to get in touch using a written method, fill out our online contact form or email


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