How much does a thatch roof cost?

When quoting for a thatch roof, a thatcher has to take many different factors into account. These factors include size, material, access, scaffolding requirements, features, difficulty and location.

This is why a visit to the property is always needed and prices can vary so greatly.

However as people often just want an idea of cost, I thought it would be helpful to add a quote estimator. This is designed to give you a very rough idea based on a little bit of information. It is not a final quote as that can only be determined by surveying the roof personally.

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Thatching Quote Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How often does a thatched roof need to be replaced?

The longevity of a thatched roof will depend on a few factors including the quality of the current thatch, the type & quality of straw/reed that your roof is constructed, and your local environment. Having a good maintenance plan for your thatch will really benefit your property in the long run, this should include monitoring of moss build-up, the physical appearance (gullies, chimneys & water flow), and ridge maintenance.

Can I switch my thatcher roof for tiles?

There are a few very rare situations where you are able to convert your thatched roof to a tiled roof as most thatch are listed properties meaning that planning permission would need to be sought. The limited times we have seen this include after a thatch fire and on a non-listed new build property, but the planning department may also come back to say that you are in a conservation area and it must be kept.

What is the cost of a thatched roof per m2?

Although the cost of a thatched roof per meter squared makes up the bulk of a new thatched quote there are several other factors that need to be taken into account. In addition, you will need to think about the ease of access to your property, the timescales you need the work completed, and the type of thatch you have.
Additionally, the complexity of your property needs to be taken into consideration; Do you have any aesthetic features? How many windows does the thatch contain? Are there valleys between roof sections?

Is a thatched roof expensive?

With a thatch property you will have a higher maintenance, but there are a whole host of benefits to outweigh this, including holding better property value when it comes to a sale, thatch properties also sell better as they are more desirable.

When looking at the physical properties of a thatch they tend to stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter, meaning that they could be more energy efficient.

And finally, who doesn’t want to live in a thatch house that is a little piece of history.

Why do thatch property quotes vary so much?

There are many factors that go into building a re-thatch quote for your property further to the physical aspects of your house. From a business perspective you will find that some Master Thatchers work alone cutting down on PAYE, maybe don’t use full scaffolding and cope with a ladder, etc

At GBThatcher we ensure that your property is paramount. We directly employ multiple employees (with related PAYE & NI Contributions) to ensure your renovation is completed quickly, we hold all correct insurance details to protect against any misfortune, and we construct a full scaffold around the working area to ensure a safe working environment.

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Our Price

Pricing between thatchers can vary widely. Unfortunately in every industry you will find some trades-people that will cut corners to secure work and save costs. For you, this is false economy as usually when you pay cheap, you pay twice meaning that your thatch could be lacking in quality or more likely reduced longevity.

Our Quality

As conscientious contractors, we are members of the National Society of Master Thatchers, insured up to £15 million for public liability, staff are treated fairly receiving decent wages & pensions, as required by law, and insist on following all required legislation from waste disposal to health and safety.