Grant Batchelor is a well established Master Thatcher in Oxfordshire and aims to provide expert thatching services, including complete roof thatch, re-ridging, as well as thatch surveys, and thatch maintenance. Covering thatched cottages across Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Buckinghamshire.
Thatched roofs have covered British homes for centuries. This age-old craft symbolises our rich cultural heritage and contrary to popular belief, the tradition continues to thrive.
The performance of thatch depends on roof shape and design, pitch of roof, position — its geography and topography — the quality of material and the expertise of the Thatcher. Maintaining a thatched property can be costly, but I strive to offer the best possible price without sacrificing quality.
Please contact us for a roof survey, quote or with questions you may have. I will be pleased to help and offer free, no obligation advice.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Our straw is grown and supplied from Devon. Our Reed is normally imported from Europe due to the shortage of Norfolk Reed availability. However we can use Norfolk reed if given enough notice.
No! It is an all year round job like any other. Personally, I work in all weathers – even the snow!
They do not have to be, and should not be. Some lazy Thatcher’s will re-thatch straight onto existing thatch. Stripping the old material is a time consuming and messy job but one that should not be avoided. Over coating is necessary on many properties, however superfluous thatch should always be stripped down to a base coat of around 10 inches and gables and eaves completely stripped out. Thatch distributed over a roof can be very heavy and properties that have many layers of thatch over the top of each other are putting undue strain on the often very old roof structure below, which is of course extremely dangerous.
This is dependant on the size and complexity of your roof and of course the material that is used. I offer a free, no obligation roof quote and will also provide you with an approximate timescale.
Apart from the obvious aesthetics benefits, thatched houses have superb insulation qualities keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter months. Nearly everything used to thatch a roof is natural and therefore kind to the environment. Also, it keeps an age old craft alive.
Yes. If the old thatch is completely stripped off to the rafters then felt will be applied to the roof, followed by a waterproof sheet. If the roof is being over coated then the base coat should, in most cases, be sufficiently watertight. The odd leak does happen but is easily remedied.