Welcome to the Thatched Home Inspector website.
This is a primary resource for Building Surveyors, Residential
Surveyors, Domestic Energy Assesssors and Building Professionals
who need to find out more about Thatch, edited by a Master Thatcher
and Building Surveyor. I specialise in Thatched houses, Cob and
Stone Rubble houses and older property but I do survey all types
of houses except system build.
Our Courses about
1. The Understanding
Thatched Roofs course includes the Introduction to
Thatch and Identifying Defects in Thatched roofs for Condition
Rated and Full Building Surveys.
2. Weekend Thatching Courses: This course
is more of an unusual weekend break but you will be thatching
on a roof frame in the barn. Using Water reed and Combed Wheat
Residential and Thatch
Surveys that we do:-
Full Building Survey using the
MiBuilding Survey template.
This is the most comprehensive Building Survey you will find.
Usually running to over 120 pages with up to 150 photos and advice.
This is easy to see-at-a-glance any defects found. This is ideal
for all Listed, Historic, older and unusual properties.
Home Condition Survey using either
the MiHomeBuyers Survey template or the SAVA Home Condition Survey
Both of these provide easy to understand reports, they are more
aimed at the conventional type of house. The reports will be between
30 - 60 pages long with up to 50 photos.
Pre-purchase Thatched Roof Condition Survey:
This includes a proposed maintenance schedule.
Post -purchase Thatched Roof Condition
Survey. This includes a proposed maintenance schedule.
Customised Thatched Roof Surveys
- where there is a specific problem.
Insurance inspections: some home insurance companies
require a regular inspection by a thatcher.
Thatched Roof Design.
BE AWARE THAT Home Buyers Surveys on Thatched
and older properties should only be performed by competent
Surveyors with specialist knowledge about Thatch. Older buildings
that are constructed of traditional materials (Cob and stone rubble
etc) require Surveyors that have specialist experience in vernacular
building techniques and to have received specialist training.
For newer thatched properties specialist training is also necessary
due to various methods of fire protection that are now incorporated
in the construction of the building.
Ring 01647 231 706
RdSAP & Thatched Properties
The RdSAP 9.82 review makes EPC's on properties with a
thatched roof very much easier and reflects the insulation value
of the thatch material. Here is a breakdown of the changes:-
New roof type = Thatch
The roof is pitched.
Insulation is at the rafters (any loft insulation at ceiling
level is ignored and there will be no thickness of thatch required).
The following U values have been assigned to thatch. This has
been considerably simplified where a standard figure covers all
thatching materials used and ignors the thickness of the thatch.
Horizontal ceiling and standard loft will have a "U value"
Sloping ceiling (Room in roof) will have a "U value"
Software generated recommendations.
Solar panels and photovoltaic panels are not recommended for
Where there is existing loft insulation there will not be a recommendation
to top up, and where there is no loft insulation there will be
no recommendation to install any. There can be potential interstitial
condensation problems where loft insulation is fitted.