Kit Davis and Co. have been thatching in the Oxfordshire and surrounding counties for 25 years. In the past we have thatched in Northern Ireland and have also been involved in projects as far afield as Holland, Germany, Taiwan and the USA.

National Society of Master ThatchersOxon Berk and Bucks Master Thatchers Association

Kit Davis is a member of the National Society of Master Thatchers and was Chairman and an Executive member for many years. He is also a member of the Oxon, Berks & Bucks Master Thatcher’s Association.

Kit Davis & Co.

At Kit Davis and Co we believe that rethatching is an opportunity to evaluate and enhance the condition of your property. Far too often rethatching can be a missed opportunity.

The rethatching of a property occurs every 25-50 years depending on the material used and the level of craftsmanship. When the time comes to rethatch a roof, it is all to easy to just strip off the bare minimum and put on another layer without regard for what lies beneath! Over the centuries this has led to the accumulation of layer upon layer of old thatch, which amongst other things can put an enormous strain on the structure below.

thatch near completion

There are sound reasons for considerably reducing the thickness of the existing thatch prior to rethatching. Multiple layers inevitably lead to a build-up of thatch over the whole roof, burying the contours of the roof and in particular semi-submerging chimneys, increasing the risk of fire.
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Reducing the overall depth of thatch relieves the strain on the structure below, reduces the fire risk, allows more light into the property and will enhance the overall appearance.

This process also allows for the repair of any broken or suspect timber. Completely stripping the thatch from the eaves and gables gives access to the margins of the roof structure which have often decayed over the centuries due to their exposure to moisture. If replacement proves necessary we will use appropriate materials for the building, generally green oak, and if this proves extensive we work in partnership with Finn Syme, a timber framing expert.

Unfortunately most thatchers reaction to finding even minor timberwork requires repair, is to rush to the nearest builders merchant and purchase green tanalised imported softwood, which we consider inappropriate for an historic building. Using locally sourced green hardwood is not excessively expensive but does require forward planning.

Many thatched buildings are centuries old and deserve a sympathetic approach that will enhance and prolong their existence.

We work on both old and new properties and are happy to work with Architects/Surveyors/Builders and Conservation Officers.

We take great pride in our work and have won many awards.

If you have any questions regarding your thatched roof or require a quotation, please do not hesitate to get in touch.