Frequently Asked Questions

What does it cost to thatch?
All houses differ in size and shape i.e. width length, gabled dormer, and most importantly condition. A personal evaluation will have to be made. We offer free on site quotes.

Are grants available?
Yes. In fact a number of grants are available for a any old pre existing thatched dwelling every seven years. The main three worth applying for are as follows

  • 1: The Heritage Grant
  • 2: County Council Grant
  • 3: The Dept. of Environment grant

    Can I apply for a grant if im thatching a new building?
    No. Grants are only available for restoration or maintenance of old pre existing thatched dwelling

    How long dos it take to thatch?
    Again this depends on the size and condition of the house, but an average size thatched dwelling in good condition may take six weeks.

    How long will it last?
    The average life span of a newly thatched house depends on (a) how well its maintained, (b) the pitch of the roof, (c) annual weather conditions, and most important, (d) the houses position, For example, is it receiving sunlight to get the chance to dry out. Regular heating inside your home can make a huge difference also. If all of the above is in your favour it is easily possible to surpass the Department of environment and heritage recommend seven year grant interval.

    How often does it need to be re thatched?
    This depends very much on weather conditions and maintenance. You are in tilted to a number of grants every seven years if necessary

    Is it a fire hazard?
    An average thatched house is made up of a number of thick layers of highly compressed straw thus starving a fire of oxygen. A typical Irish house will always hold a small amount of moisture or dampness on its outer layers also decreases the chance a fire of spreading aggressively so its really just as much a hazard as any normal bungalow.

    Does it attract vermin?
    No , but, like any house its just as venerable, steps should be taken in all homes annually to prevent the infestation of rodents, especially with a thatch house as the straw roof can be venerable to vermin damage.

    What type of straw do you supply and use?
    We use specially harvested oaten straw, which we source locally and supply. We use an innovative and exclusive technique, in cutting and preparing the straw, this results in a neater tighter and more compact finish, making it a better job. We call this unique process “wangling”.

    What maintenance is needed?
    Maintenance if needed is low cost, once you don’t let the problem progress to a bad stage. After a number of years your roof may have some small week points, these are usually easily rectified by clearing out the week spot or decayed straw and replacing it with new straw. In the event of a storm or vermin damage, much the same action is taken. This is called “patching.”

    Is home insurance expensive?
    Shop around. Some insurance companies are very fair. Others may use ‘thatch’ as an excuse to charge higher prices, they may ask for it to be sprayed with a fire proof chemical, Don’t be afraid to get numerous quotes from different companies as they will all have individual packages.

    Are they really warm in the winter and cool in the summer?
    Yes. The thick layers of straw act as insulation, trapping heat in, during winter while keeping the hot summer sun out.

    Will a thatched house hold its sale value?
    Yes, Absolutely. They now stand as land marks and will always appeal to certain types of people, from a working class man with a love for the old style, to a retired doctor seeking the peace and tranquillity that a thatched house has to offer. Not to mention tourists looking to live it up in a traditional Irish thatched cottage.

    What’s the difference between a reed and a straw roof?
    Grants are unavailable for a reed roof as its not favoured as a traditional Irish thatched cottage. Reed is an English tradition mostly seen in coastal areas. Although some may say reeds might last a bit longer, it costs three times the price to complete compared to a straw roof. However, a straw roof can be re thatched three separate times for the same price, while still being covered by three separate grant intervals spreading over a far longer period. The preservation orders on listed buildings restrict the thatching of straw with the opposite material. Therefore a straw roof must always be thatched with organic straw and vice versa.

    For any more questions or queries please contact John 087 2944 522 Paul 087 9852 172 Or email us at findmenow.paul@gmail.com