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Ridging and Repairs

Ridging

The two main methods of applying a ridge are a 'wrap over' and a 'butt up' ridge.

A wrap over ridge is formed by laying straw across the ridge from one side to the other and bending it over to form a wrap over the apex. Like the butt up ridge the wrap over can be formed as a flush or a block.

The butt up ridge is a slight variation to the wrap over and is generally a faster process. It is formed by butting the ends of the material together at the apex. Like the Wrap over it is fixed down using hazel rods or 'ledgers' and cross sticks before it is cut or shaved.

A flush ridge means that the sides of the ridge are flush with the surface of the thatch. This method of ridging is traditionally present in most areas of Somerset and Devon. The simple and un-fussy flush is suitable for many types of roof.

A block ridge is thicker and stands proud from the main surface of the thatch. Block ridges will often be decorated with hazel spars and the bottom of the ridge will be cut into a pattern.

I offer a complete service in all aspects of ridging work, I source and use the best locally grown combed wheat and coppice hazel for all our ridging work.

A ridge applied correctly using suitable materials can last up to ten years.

 

 

                                                                                        

Repair Work

The most common type of repair to a thatched roof is re-ridging. The ridge wears faster than the coat and will need renewing several times during the life of the thatch. Please see the ridging section for information and advice on your ridge. Ideally a thatched roof should decay gradually and evenly until the fixings securing it are almost exposed, at which point the roof will need to be re-thatched. Sometimes a thatched roof will wear unevenly and some areas will need attention before others. Any decayed outer layers where the fixings are exposed should be stripped and replaced. It is important to perform this repair at this point to prevent leakages and further repair requirements.

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