On most jobs, I employ a reputable, professional scaffolder. Whilst the idea of a scaffold surrounding your property may be daunting, it will give me a safe platform to work from. The scaffold also prevents the possible damage that could potentially be caused to your garden from constant readjustments of ladders..
Your property will of course be left clean and tidy when the job is finished and the scaffold taken down, although please note there will be small amounts of loose straw around until the final clear up on completion.
I always take great care of pots, plants, patios, decking and your garden in general.
Once I begin a job I aim to be on site every day until completion. Where there may be some exceptions to this – for example during the harvest season – I will discuss with you before starting the job. I generally start work at 8.00 am, and will usually be on site by 8.30 am, working through to approximately at 4.30pm (or later on some days). This will obviously vary some days, as I may need to either unload all the loose straw, or load and deliver materials for the job.
I harvest my own wheat crop for thatching, locally, and still use the tried and trusted method of cutting and binding the specially grown straw, stooking the sheaves, and then threshing in the traditional manner. The bundles of straw are then ready for your roof.
I am exceptionally proud of my reputation locally – which I have taken great care in building up over many years. I am confident in guaranteeing a first class job, regardless of your requirements.
Long Straw – Whilst this is actually no longer than straw that is combed out, the term comes from the fact you can see lengths of straw down the roof with both heads and butts showing. When on the roof it has a more ragged look and will have rows of spars forming a pattern at the bottom as well as the top. Life for a roof of this type should be around twenty years. However, part way through its life a re-ridge and re-wire should be applied, helping to prolong its life.
Combed Wheat Reed – This is applied with all the butts facing down the roof so you only see the tips and it has a much neater look. It also has no spar pattern at the bottom. Life for a roof should be around 20 – 30 years, and as with long straw, a re-ridge and re-wire part way through its life should be applied helping to prolong its life.
Ridge Types – Plain wrap over ridges are traditional in Wiltshire, whilst the block ridge, either plain or with pattern, originates from mainly Water Reed areas. The disadvantage with a block ridge on a straw roof however is it creates a drip which wears away the straw below it.