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Hiring a tradesman for thatch roof installation or repair
Properly installing or repairing a thatch roof requires specialist skills that a lot of roofers do not have. Finding a tradesman for the job might seem like it would be a tedious task, but it is much easier through Plentific. The Plentific website offers a service that can generate a bespoke contact list of the best tradesmen in your local area that have the skills and experience you need. To help you compare your options you will also get quick convenient access to customer ratings and reviews for each of your listed tradesmen.
What do you need to know about thatch roof installation or repair?
The cost of installing a thatched roof will be primarily based on the size and shape of the proposed roof, as well as its ridge type and style. Obviously there will be added costs for removing an existing roof, as well as any other necessary alterations. Thatch roofs are not cheap, so before hiring a tradesman it is good to get your property assessed. This will let you know how much work will be required, and how much you should expect to pay. Remember to collect several quotes in order to ensure that you get a competitive rate.
A well installed thatch roof will have a long life, provided it is properly maintained. How well a thatch roof sheds water and the quality of the material used to build it will of course influence this, as will the level of humidity and wind in the area around it. Regular maintenance may be required, but repairs are often straightforward. The roof may just need need to be tightened and refitted, or parts of the thatch replaced. It is important to get the issue assessed first - this is usually free, and will let the tradesman locate your problems and provide an accurate bespoke quote. Be sure to collect several to compare, and do not trust off the cuff estimates as these will not be approximate.
When replacing a thatched roof there are a few obstacles to be aware of. If you have a listed property they you will need to have a record of the work and techniques used to build the original roof before any removals can take place. You should also be prepared to call in pest control tradesmen in the event that any wildlife has gotten into the thatch. The cost of replacing a thatch roof will depend on the size and design of the roof itself, the condition of the timber, the cost of materials and common factors like ease of access and the need for scaffolding. Again, it is important to get several quotes to compare.
It is important that your tradesmen is well experienced dealing with thatch roofs. A ‘master thatcher’ is ideal; check to see if your tradesman is registered with the National Society of Master Thatchers or a similar tradesmans’ organisation. They should have records from previous jobs for you to inspect, so be sure to check this, particularly any reviews from clients. Before making your final hire it is important to make sure your tradesmen are covered against accidental damage and liabilities, and that they offer an acceptable warranty for their work in case there are problems in the future.