At the top of every thatched roof, you will find the ridge, it bears the brunt of all weathers and is the reason why it needs replacing every couple of years.
Thatched Ridges are a highly important part of a thatched roof, however, they are often forgotten about. Over time every roof will need maintenance, whether that is a thatched roof or a tiled.
Ensure that the ridge can dry thoroughly, removing trees and plants that block sunlight from shining on the thatch.
Don’t allow other Tradesmen to damage the thatch with their ladders or walking on the roof.
Never assume that because a thatched ridge looks great and in a good condition it means it’s new, a neat looking ridge can still hide underlying issues, especially when they are a few years old.
Ornamental or Block Ridge – is where the ridge is lifted from the thatched roof. The ridge is created from around 4 inches of thatch; it looks like a block. The ridge is then styled into a pattern. This pattern can be anything you like, whether that is a traditional pattern or something new.
This type of ridge can have either a turnover finish or a butt up finish.
Turnover or Butts Up Ridge (both Flush) – These ridges remain flush with the thatch. These ridges are most commonly paired with long straw roofs. They give a neat and tidy look to any thatched roof; it also gives a simple looking finish.