What different types of thatch are available?

Water Reed or Norfolk Reed are the best quality thatches available and the most durable. This thatch has a compact, even texture with clean-cut edges and can last up to 50 years. It is also the least combustible so a lower risk when it comes to choosing your thatched property insurance cover.

Combed Wheat/Devon Reed is not reed at all but winter wheat straw - however its appearance and application are similar to that of reed but with a shorter life expectancy of 25 to 35 years.

Long Straw has a much softer appearance, rounder shape and is generally deeper than Reed or Combed Wheat. This material is favoured across much of southern England and East Anglia. However, Long Straw is more combustible than reed due to its open structure when in place.

Fibre Thatch is an unusual type of roofing and is made of glass reinforced plastic (GRP). It is made in sheets and moulded and coloured to look like thatch. This roofing system has had its problems and very few properties still have it.

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