For all estimates & Quotations call us now on 07768 975 807 or 01425 655064

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Thatching since early in 1987 we undertake all aspects of thatching. Our aim is to provide a high quality service at a fair price, that takes everthing into account from arrangeing scaffolding, liasing with builders or architects, through thatching your roof to a ten year guarantee with bi anual inspections. We take great pride in ensuring your 100% satisfied with your roof and the way in which the work is carried out, to ensuring your home is left in perfect condition. We provide a friendly efficiant service with one emphasis, your satisfaction at a fair price. For all estimates & Quotations call us now on 07768 975 807 or email [email protected]

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Thatching since early in 1987 we undertake all aspects of thatching, our aim is to provide a high quality service at a fair price, that takes everthing into account from arrangeing scaffolding, liasing with builders or architects, through thatching your roof to a ten year guarantee with bi-annual inspections.

Chris Gaussen


About Us

Established in 1987 and based in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, Chris Gaussen Thatching is committed to providing all your thatching needs whilst staying customer focused.We have our own barn for storage and carry Wheet Reed and Water reed all year round along with Spars, liggers; crooks and rods. Our aim is to carry out your thatching work with as little disruption to you as possible quickly and efficiantly. Health and safety is of paramount importance, We endeavour to produce an outstanding quality of thatch whilst staying in compliance with health and safety guidlines set out for both you and us. All forms of thatching undertaken with one emphasis, Your satisfaction at a fair price. Thatching of houses, cottages, walls, sheds, summer houses, playhouses, pubs, resturants, new build, extensions, gazebos, listed buildings and more. For a fair price just call us…

Services

We offer a full range of services to suit all your requirements:

  • Thatching in Combed Wheat Reed
  • Thatching in Long Straw
  • Thatching in Water Reed
  • Full Re-thatch
  • New Build thatching
  • Part roofs thatched
  • Extensions and alterations
  • Embossed pattern and plain ridges
  • Traditional ridge
  • Fire proofing
  • Cleaning and re-netting
  • Free quotes
  • Property purchase surveys
  • insurance work
  • Council approved

Areas we cover

Hampshire,Wiltshire and Dorset are our regular calls but we have also thatched in Bucks,Kent outer London, and many outher areas. So no matter where you are feel free to call us on 07768 975 807 or 01425 655064

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Thatch Info& Fire Protection





Fire Protection

    Requirements
  • 1.Rafters are to be overdrawn with a minimum 30 minute fire barrier (integrity and insulation) and this barrier should also be water resisting. 50 x 25mm battens are recommended on a micro-porous boarding to allow the thatch to breathe. (Dorset Fire and Rescue Service recommend a 60 minute barrier under the thatch for property protection).
  • 2. The chimney, including the pot, should terminate at least 1.8m above the height of the ridge. Due to the risk of condensation forming as hot gases cool, the chimney pots should be limited to a maximum height of 600mm.
  • 3. A domestic mains and battery powered, interlinked smoke alarm system will be required with one smoke alarm fitted in the roof void. The system should generally be in accordance with that specified in Approved Document B.
  • 4. The written comments of the adjoining property owner will be requested by the local authority for consideration.
  • 5. A terrace may not consist of more than three thatched dwellings together. In addition to the measures that may be required by Building Control there are a number of recommendations that you should carefully consider at an early stage.

    • Recommendations
  • 1. The provision of a loft hatch is recommended for fire fighting purposes. The minimum recommended size is 600mm x 900mm.
  • 2. Advice should be sought from an approved electrical contractor regarding the most appropriate types of wiring system. Effects from rodent damage and straw debris need to be considered.
  • 3. It is not recommended to cut in recessed lighting into the ceiling below the thatch. Light fittings within the roof space to be in a bulk head fitting. External floodlights should not be located just under thatch.
  • 4. Spark arrestors on the flues are not recommended because they can clog and restrict the flow of flue gases.
  • 5. It is recommended that an external water tap supplied from the rising main, is fitted with a hose capable of reaching all parts of the roof.
  • 6. Any metal plumbing in the roof space should use compression joints to avoid the use of blow torches.
  • 7. In order to achieve a ‘U’ value of 0.2w/m2K for thatched roofs, the following was taken from CIBSE Guide A3: Thatch: Reed = thermal conductivity 0.09, and ‘r’ 11.1
    Straw = thermal conductivity 0.07, and ‘r’ 14.3
    This gives a ‘U’ value of 0.2w/m2K for the following thickness
    Reed: 450mm
    Straw: 350mm
    The use of a flexible material as a fire resisting barrier is not considered acceptable for the purposes of the Dorset Model
    Tests carried out by The Thatch Register Limited
  • Thatch Info

    There are three main types of thatch water reed, combed wheat reed and long straw.

    The Life expectancy can vary considerably. Many factors can be taken into account regarding the life of any roof. The single biggest factor is the pitch of the roof, the steeper the pitch the faster the rain water is dispersed, the shallower the pitch the longer it takes for the water to run of the roof allowing it to penetrate deeper into the thatch before draining, hence shortening the life expectancy.

    Other factors include the quality of material, the skills of the Thatcher and the location of the property. As a rough guide a water reed roof would last around 40 to 50 years, a combed wheat reed roof would last around 25 years and a long straw roof around 15 – 20 years.

    All forms of thatch roofing need maintenance, usually a replacement ridge and a redress around every 10 – 12 years.

    Water Reed gives a flat finish with sharp well defined edges, whilst Combed Wheat Reed gives a much softer line with a more rounded almost T cosy finish, And long straw a shaggy apperance. For all estimates & Quotations call us now on 07768 975 807 or email [email protected]

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