Our advice on buying a house with a thatched roof

Read our blog post for our advice on buying a thatched house - everything you need to know.

Our advice on buying a house with a thatched roof

Before buying a home with a thatched roof you should check that it's in good condition, as the skills are disappearing and roofs are expensive to replace.

Homes with thatched roofs are attractive and very popular. However, they're prone to fires (fire protection and an alarm system are essential), attract high insurance premiums and are expensive to re-thatch. Before buying a home with a thatched roof you should check that it's in good condition, as the skills are disappearing and roofs are expensive to replace. They last anything from 20 to 90 years depending on whether they use reeds or wheat straw (the long-staple straw required can be difficult to source). Don't be tempted to use plastic straws, which look awful and clatter in a high wind.

With thanks to BuyAssociation.