Searching for thatch insurance can be a difficult task, especially given the limited number of specialist providers available in the market. We understand that your thatched house needs a special kind of insurance, which is why we work with insurers who understand the specific risks associated with thatched properties
Our thatched house insurance policy has full Accidental Damage upon cover automatically included as standard and can be tailored to meet your individual requirements.
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We aim to match your needs. Our policies are also able to provide a wide variety of add-ons created with your needs in mind.
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Water Reed/Norfolk Reed is the best quality thatch available and the most durable. This thatch has a compact even texture with clean cut edges and can last up to 50 years. It is also the least combustible.
Combed Wheat/Devon Reed is not reed at all, but winter wheat straw. However, its appearance and application are similar to that of reed. The life expectancy is 25 to 35 years.
Long Straw in appearance has a much softer, rounder shape and is generally deeper than reed or combed wheat. This is the material favoured in much of Southern England and East Anglia. However, Long Straw is more combustible than reed due to its open structure when applied.
Fibre Thatch is an unusual type of roofing and is made of glass reinforced plastic. It is made in sheets and moulded and coloured to look like thatch. This roofing systems has had its problems and very few properties still have this type of roof
Thatch is an excellent insulator, therefore the deeper the thatch, the more the roof is susceptible to heat build up, where the flue/chimney is adjacent to the thatch. It is therefore recommended that the depth of the thatch is kept to less than 1 meter.
There is a product known as Thatchbatts available. These are barriers that can be fitted to the joists to provide a 60 minute barrier, often used in conjunction with aluminum foil. Although this is unlikely to stop a fire starting, it will reduce the amount of damage below the joists. It also reduces the amount of water penetrating down into the house. However, this can only be fitted when the roof is being rethatched (i.e the thatch is completely removed).
We would always recommend that in a thatched building, all chimneys should be fitted with an appropriate lining. However, solid fuel stoves are the greatest risk due to the temperatures that flue gases can reach and the heat transfer to the thatch.
Your property should be insured for the total rebuilding cost, not the market value. In order to ascertain this information we would recommend that you contact a professional valuer or surveyor.
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