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14/02/2022


5 Practical Tips To Help You Find A Master Thatcher

It’s time to repair or replace your beautiful thatched roof, but where do you find a reputable Master Thatcher? Here are 5 top tips to help you narrow down the search…

How to find a Master Thatcher

Repairing your thatched roof or having it completely redone is a costly exercise, which means you need to find the best Master Thatcher for the job. But with any thatcher able to call themselves a ‘master’ of the craft, how do you find the most reputable one near you?

1. Check out the National Society of Master Thatchers and other associations

The National Society of Master Thatchers (NSMT) represents around a third of the thatchers in Britain, all of whom have had examples of their work inspected and/or vouched for by executive members to ensure standards are maintained. To check if someone is a registered member, take a look at the ‘Find a Thatcher’ list on their website

There are also lots of local associations you may like to look at, although they have differing standards, objectives and aims. Members of The East Anglia Master Thatchers Association, for instance, must be thoroughly assessed by existing members before joining, which may make them a helpful port of call when looking for a Master Thatcher. 

2. Get examples of their work

To get a true idea of a Master Thatcher’s quality of work, you need to get reviews from past customers and ideally see the work for yourself. Ask the thatcher for some references from customers – it is best if they are examples from at least 2 years ago, so you can find out how the thatching holds up over time. If you personally get in touch with the customer, make sure you also ask about how long the work took, whether the thatcher kept the area clean and tidy, and how they interacted with people affected by the thatching work.

3. Check their insurance

Before you hire a Master Thatcher, you should ensure that they have the right insurance in place.

This includes Public Liability Insurance, which protects them against claims from third parties, as well as Employers’ Liability Insurance if they have employed a team to help them. 

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4. Find out when they’re available

It is estimated that there are fewer than 1,000 Master Thatchers in the UK, which means that the best are always in demand. If your chosen Master Thatcher is available straight away, this could be a red flag, particularly as thatching work also requires access to quality materials that are unlikely to be immediately accessible.

5. Get more than one quote

As with most things in life, you should not necessarily go with the very first quote you receive. Shopping around, collecting reviews and examining completed work will help you to find a Master Thatcher who will carry out the best quality work for your property. 

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