Natural Thatch Producers List & Website Directory

By Roof Online Staff • Last updated April 30, 2024

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Natural thatch producers
Installing a natural thatch roof (image courtesy HISS REET GmbH)

Natural thatch refers to the use of plant stalks, reeds, or other similar organic materials to construct roofs for buildings. Natural thatch provides a comforting, traditional look, a supremely environmentally sustainable roof, and a very respectable roof service life.

Types of Natural Thatch

  1. Straw Thatch: Uses the stalks of cereal grasses such as wheat, rye, or barley. This is one of the most common types of thatching material due to its ready availability.
  2. Water Reed Thatch: Harvested from coastal areas, the common water reed used for thatching is also known as Norfolk reed in England. This material is much more durable and water-resistant than straw.
  3. Sedge Grass Thatch: Sourced from wetland sedge plants, this type of thatch is typically used on the often decorative thatched roof ridges due to its excellent waterproofing quality and ability to conform to different shapes.

Things to Consider Before Hiring a Thatcher

  • Experience and Skill: Thatching is a highly skilled craft and not something to be performed by any old roofer. It’s important to choose a master thatcher with a reasonable amount of experience and the expertise that usually comes with it.
  • Local Building Codes: Make certain that the thatcher is familiar with local regulations and building codes. Thatched roofs are often specifically regulated by local fire codes and may actually be forbidden in some jurisdictions or limited to certain applications.
  • Materials Used: Different climates and particular thatched roof styles may indicate the use of different types of thatch and installation techniques. You’ll want a thatcher educated in the use of different materials.
  • Insurance: Thatched roofs may have specific insurance requirements, so you’ll want a thatcher who’s familiar with the regulations and standards he’ll have to meet.
  • References and Portfolio: Ask for references and examples of the thatcher’s previous work. This can give you some insight into the thatcher’s style and quality.

Importance of a Good Natural Thatch Producer

Although your thatcher will almost always be the one who decides on who to get your thatching materials from, finding a reputable natural thatch producer is important and it won’t hurt for you to verify that the producer/supplier has a good reputation.

  • Quality of Material: The performance and service life of your thatched roof will depend to a large extent on the quality of the materials used.
  • Sustainability: Reputable producers will source their materials responsibly and sustainably.
  • Customization: Experienced thatch producers will know what materials are most appropriate for your specific climate and roof needs, and can verify that your thatcher is using the right material.
  • Support and Maintenance: A good thatch producer will not only supply high quality materials, but can also help you with technical support when it comes to repairs and maintenance.
  • Finding a Thatcher: Reputable natural thatch producers will be familiar with the best thatchers in your area and will be able to give you a list of contacts.


If you are a reputable and qualified natural thatch producer and feel that we’ve overlooked your company, feel free to contact us to ask to be added to this list.

Natural Thatch Producers List