Thatched Home Inspector




Devon & Cornwall

Master Thatchers Association









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 reed.

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 more information.

Ring 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" of 0.35W/m2K

Sloping ceiling (Room in roof) will have a "U value" of 0.25W/m2K.

Software generated recommendations.

Solar panels and photovoltaic panels are not recommended for thatched properties.

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.









2017 Understanding Thatched Roofs courses
in Devon, South Tawton.

Course Dates: 12th July 2017

Please call 01647 231 706 for details

Understanding Thatched Roofs:

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Next RICS Training Courses
Understanding Thatched Roofs

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Weekend Thatching Courses for 2017

Next course is on 15th September to 17th September

.Please call 01647 231 706 for details

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