Thatch Thursdays | July 2015


Many thatched buildings also have a thatched porch or porches.

These can vary in design but often are like a small building on their own, attached to the front or rear of a property.




An eave is where the thatch starts at the bottom of the roof.

On an old building with several “coats of thatch” the eave may be quite thick.

The eave should be even.

Dark areas in an eave may denote wear or water ingress. Any queries on your thatch? Get in touch.


An apron is a section of the thatch like a small ridge under a window or chimney. It is there to give additional protection to a potentially vulnerable section of the roof.

Aprons can be flush or block in the same way as ridges. Quite often they are accompanied by lead flashings to give the final finish.




A thatched roof may have a valley where one section of a building joins another at right angles.

An example is on a L shaped or T shaped thatched cottage and the valley is on the angled section of the roof.

Valleys are prone to wear due to water from rain on the roof being channelled down them.

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