By - amy2kim22
Very cool. Would’ve been interesting to see some of the process involved getting all the material placed right before the trimming.
There are several methods to doing the ridge, look out fo a book called the thatchers craft if you can. It’s quite rare but it’s the thatchers bible.
Here's a neat online compilation of the book - not sure if everything is present but it's a good amount.
*“I may need this in a later level…”*
Literally my thoughts as I hit save on these posts/comments
i saved it to a fold called "educational" which i have never opened. but at least i got it!
You ever take a plane over the ocean? Good to know how to make a good shelter roof if you survive the crash.
Oh, you probably have saved the link for airplane mechanic repair. You should read it for just this type of scenario.
my internal monologue: I wonder if the author is named Margaret.
Lots of people build a garden shed at some point, yours will just be cuter
The guys tiktok. He covers a lot of the process. https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMLq6sPmA/
This guy thatches
I've had shingles with shorter warranties
Have I heard correctly that thatching is becoming a dying art?
Yes/No. Plenty of listed property in the UK that is only allowed to have thatched rooves will keep thatching alive
Why would they only allow thatched roofs?
My guess would be some houses are historical and need to be kept without changes to it's architecture
Yes, but in the UK, there are different grades which determine how much change you can make to the building, and you will often need permission to make any changes.
Trogdor has his hand in many pies.
These pies are no place for a mighty warrior
There's a bunch of places like that in the US where the facade of the building must be kept original or at least be repaired using materials that look original. Sometimes you'll see construction on a home in NY where the entire building is gutted down to the dirt except for the facade. You can find pictures of the inside of the White House when it was rebuilt I'm 1948. The entire place is empty down to the dirt except for the exterior walls and roof. It was rebuilt using as many original pieces as possible along with replicas except for the steel superstructure inside the walls.
It must be regulations around historic places.
They were saying that 25 years ago, plenty of thatchers about and plenty of roofs to keep us going.
Is thatch roofing really something you can do full time where you are? If not, what other services do thatchers tend to offer?
As someone from a place I can't imagine thatch roofing being viable, it's an occupation I'd never really given thought to.
Where do you live?
There's nowhere near as many thatchers as there used to be, but here in the UK there's enough old cottages within traveling range for it to be a thing.
Especially because listed buildings with thatched roofs can't have them replaced with anything else. That's before you think about touristy spots that are going for that rustic charm.
I live in Louisiana. 50% plus humidity year round and temperatures range between 37C and 10C.
Our traditional roofs are tin.
Right. Y’all don’t grow wheat as a crop. Thatching is a waste product from grain processing.
What were the roofs made out of before tin smelting was a thing? I would imagine animal hide or wood shingling.
Edit: I’m imagining gator hide roofs.
I was mostly joking about tin roofs, they are super common here. Traditional [cypress shingles](http://www.historic-house-restoration.com/CypressShingles.html) were favored.
They were easily replaced after tropical storms and cypress is very rot resistant, even in humid conditions.
Terracotta tile roofs were pretty popular in Texas.
There was historically palmetto thatch in Louisiana, among other things. Including wood frames houses.
[here’s](https://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-museum/online-exhibits/the-cabildo/american-indians/index) some info on Louisiana, pre colonization.
I like the idea of gator shingles though.
As an American I can’t say that I have ever seen a thatched roof.
Just scroll up.
They’re very pretty
If you couldn't do thatching full-time, perhaps a shrubber? I heard there was some dude named Roger that did pretty well with that back in the day.
It's a good career path though, they once made a Thatcher the Prime Minister!
That’s just a straw man argument.
I think you should reed that again
Hay now, there’s nothing wrong with my reeding skills.
This comment was quite grass. I think you owe everyone an apology.
Clearly you don’t appreciate my rye sense of humour so you should just bale at this point.
Hay now! Let's all be nice to each other.
Seriously. Can’t wheat all just get along?
You’re really grasping at straws here.
DAD IS THAT YOU?!? PLEASE COME HOME DAD
Sorry, it’s just that I’m still looking for that pint of milk. Haven’t found any in the last 15 years 🤷♂️
Sure. Easier/cheaper/ less maintenance/ lasts longer to do a asphalt shingle roof, for example, than a thatched roof. They can be great. But there's a reason they're not used as much anymore.
I’m guessing they’re not legal everywhere either. Parts of California probably wouldn’t even let you store that material near a house.
Which makes sense. It's a fire just waiting to happen.
Laughs in British 200 days of rain per year
Oh for sure. Maybe not the best idea in southern CA however.
do you remember about that whole "great fire of London" thing, I don't think the rain helped all too much
That had nothing to do with thatching though, houses in London were tiled and the fire spread due to overcrowding and political reasons.
I actually photographed a house with a thatched roof on fire, then it spread to the one next door that also had a thatched roof. Such a shame watching the houses get destroyed, especially in the little village I live in in the UK. [photo](https://imgur.com/a/lrRAS3z)
It's so hard to control the fire too with thatch!
What year was it, 1965?
2011, but got knows how old the thatch was on them!
Entire cities had burned down in the past. The fire hazard of flammable building materials is no joke.
Probably contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, too.
Honestly I think it would be more helpful to know what *doesn't* contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer.
They are expensive to insure here in the UK. There are well over 60,000 left and about 50 burn down a year. Which is a small fraction but it's very expensive.
Right, but thatched roofs tended to be used in places that grew wheat/ other grains. It was a waste product that could be used to great effect.
I never knew until today that I could watch thatching videos all day long! Love this
The novelty wears off after 20 years, so does the cartilage in my kneees.
Oof that sounds painful!
You might be watching videos the wrong way
Now I finally know where the name Thatcher comes from.
You probably thought it meant dog shit!
A fine name, if you change your stars.
Sirrrrrrr Willllllllliam Thatcher!!!!
I will fong you
The name Tyler comes from slate roofing. (Tile-er)
The big bad wolf would like to know your location
I sent it to him on grindr. He's coming to eat me now.
I thought you would have said, "he is coming to blow me ~~house in~~."
If I were a top, I might've.
Ol’ Cenn Buie would be proud.
As l long as he keeps his nose out of women's circle business.
If the women’s circle would keep their noses out of the menfolks business, he would.
Just don’t tell his wife he said that
Great reference hahaha
As long as no tiled roofs come into town
Burninating all the peasants
Burninating all the people
And their thatched-roof cottages!
I'm so glad people remember that. Strong Bad and the whole Homestar Runner gang are internet OGs.
I haven't been in a few years but they were still making content into the teens. Finding them in '02 in high school was just incredible. So many memories...
They have a YouTube channel and have been releasing new content occasionally! There's a new strongbad emails video
Maybe...it's a wing-a-ling dragon.
Like thatching, making Strong Bad references is a dying art, thank you for blessing us with this!
This is what I came here for. Thank you.
I came here looking for this comment 🤣🐉
Thank you for sharing this. It brought back good memories for me.
It reminds me of the future
Burninating the countryside...
*THATCHED ROOF COTTAGES!*
And the Trogdor comes in the NIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT
Trogdor was a man!
I mean, he was a Dragon-Man!
Or maybe he was just a dragon
But he was still Trogdor!
Maybe he was just a dragon…
Burninating the peasants
Burninating all the people in the THATCHED ROOF COTTAGES!
"the 's' is for sucks"
Laugh at this still, every time.
I said consummate Vs! Consummate! Geez. Guy wouldn't know majesty if came up and bit him in the face
That happened once!
I love when Reddit doesn’t miss a beat
That line popped into my head while I was crossing the street last month for no reason. Then in a moment or two I was singing the song, complete with the guitar sounds.
They put out a new SBemail video on April Fools Day!
The email, the email, what,?,what,?,the email.
Glad I'm not the only one who's brain screamed, "Thatched roof cottages!"
Came here for this, not disappointed.
Finally my username comes in handy
Trogdor was a man…
Well actually, he was a… dragon man…
And how long will this last?
Ridges need to be replaced every 10-15 years. The main part of the roof can last anywhere from 20-40 years, depending on the quality of materials.
How does it deal with rot?
Is there an online or book resource were one can learn more?
https://heartofenglandthatchers.com/ says that rot is typically not an issue because the water runs down the outer layer, with the inner layers never really getting wet.
Is it compression or just sheer numbers that prevent this?
Sheer number and the orientation. Compression may add to the effect but it’s not necessary from a physics perspective.
Grab a sponge and hold it at a 45 degree angle under a faucet with a gentle stream going. The water just runs off the side. Hold it flat and the water will permeate through. That’s a similar phenomena despite the differences in shape.
Good point thanks
I'd add to the other comment water tension. Water wants to stay together on the surface and run down the roof, not trickle past each individual reed.
So pretty much the same lifespan as shingles. That's pretty cool. Is it more expensive though since it's a lot more work? I assume it's a good insulator though.
I thought shingles can last for decades.
You'll get a good 25 years out of shingles.
That's shorter than I imagined.
It could be longer in places with a more consistent climate. But I live in the Northeast in the US, you aren't getting more than 25 years with some shingles with all the expansion and contraction due to weather.
Provided a burninator doesn't raze your home in the intervening years, of course.
Well yes, burninators are an acknowledged challenge of having a thatched roof. But scientists are hard at work on a Trogdor proof thatched roof.
I’ve heard a good thatched roof can last decades. Similar lifespan to a modern asphalt roof
Depends on the local climate and insect populations.
Also how often one might be attacked by roving bands of brigands with flaming arrows.
"Everytime we make a Robin Hood movie they burn our village down." "Leave us alone Mel Brooks!!"
And big bad wolves.
And buff, one armed dragons are a concern.
Yeah, defo gotta watch out for burnination
More insulated and it doesn't retain humidity
Got me mallet on a chalet. Is that trellis or a pallet
No, no, no. The vessel with the pestle, not the flagon with the dragon.
The chalice from the palace holds the brew that is true
The poison for Kuzco? Kuzco's poison?
Aaaaaaand then you’re pillaged.
These are the folks with the skills to survive the fall of civilization.
We need to make sure we don’t eat this one
He do be looking succulent on that roof though.
These types of videos always make me want to go in the woods and make a nice camping hut, but I know it would turn out terrible.
Bro, sucking at something is the first step at being sorta good at something. Practice makes perfect
Really nice of Noel Fielding to do the audio
My thoughts exactly, I'm imagining the outfit Noel would wear to thatch a roof.
It really does sound like an extraordinarily bored out of his mind Noel
After playing assassin's Creed Valhalla the urge to burn this very flammable roof with a torch is immeasurable
I understand completely. The urge I have to march up to this village with an army and fire flaming arrows at this roof is strong.
Beautiful work. Please don't loose this craft!
I saw the hammer and immediately thought Thor was a roofer.
He sounds like the TikTok pool guy
Holla ya boi for da roof work.
And I have a barber that can’t give me a fade.
That's incredibly beautiful
What's the wind rating on a thatch roof?
"Bespoke for weeks, he turned up some morning
Unexpectedly, his bicycle slung
With a light ladder and a bag of knives.
He eyed the old rigging, poked at the eaves,
Opened and handled sheaves of lashed wheat-straw.
Next, the bundled rods: hazel and willow
Were flicked for weight, twisted in case they'd snap.
It seemed he spent the morning warming up:
Then fixed the ladder, laid out well honed blades
And snipped at straw and sharpened ends of rods
That, bent in two, made a white-pronged staple
For pinning down his world, handful by handful.
Couchant for days on sods above the rafters,
He shaved and flushed the butts, stitched all together
Into a sloped honeycomb, a stubble patch,
And left them gaping at his Midas touch."
- Seamus Heaney, Thatcher
This is what Sir Ulrich Von Liechtenstein’s father was made fun of for doing? That’s way cooler than knocking someone off a horse with a stick.
Wait, is this what Margaret Thatcher used to do before she got into UK politics?
No. She was a research chemist.
Wasn’t confused until the end, why use thatching in a modern setting??
Although there's a modern home next to it, the one receiving the new thatched roof is likely old. If you own an old home with a thatched roof it will be a Listed Building and you have to maintain all the historical elements.
its actually still good even compared to modern alternatives, and it has a specific look people like.
Why tile a roof?
It's not like every body suddenly decided one day to stop thatching things, why dry clothes on the line when you have a radiator. Just because something is old doesn't mean it's unused.
It’ll be a listed building.
Anyone know what the background song is?
Scar Tissue by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Thanks, haven't heard it in a long time
No problem! It’s a banger of a song, glad I could bring it back to others.
Everything about this video is antiquated!
That's a great album though, aside from the mastering.
I love that traditional homes are still getting made!
They aren’t. They’re just getting maintained. These buildings are centuries old.
Rohan has no slate. Rohan needs no slate.
Super curious how they're compliant with fire code with this. Can you have a new thatched roof in the UK or only older buildings to maintain them?
Pretty sure you could use it on a new building, but it would be expensive as the labour cost would be so much higher.
I would love to do this type of roof or even a slate roof, seems like it’d be fun to learn both.
I’m a roofer but only do shingles and the occasional flat roof. It gets pretty boring and repetitive. Thatch and slate roofs seem more like art than what I do
Thatch. Lots of thatch.
Watch out for TROGDOR!!!!
TROGDORRRRRRRRRRRRRR! BURNINATING THE PEASANTS!
Is this what Margaret did?
I can imagine there are too many Thatchers that smoke on the job...
"Oh GREAT Nigel! Now we gotta start all over!!"
I need those loppers.
Why is Mjolnir just chilling on the roof?
I wonder if this is as fun as it looks, or just tiring
thats the one came with sims4 cottage pack