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.
Our Courses about thatch:
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
House and Thatch Surveys:
Want to buy a thatched property? Then read on –
Home Condition Surveys.
I am a Qualified and Accredited Residential Property
Surveyor, and can undertake surveys for Home Condition Survey
reports all types of domestic properties excluding System build.
I do specialise on Thatched houses, Cob and Stone Rubble houses
and older property.
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.
Thatched Roof surveys; Ring or email for
01647 231 706 for details
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.