Thatched Roof

Ridges & Chimney

Ridges, Chimney
chutes and aprons

Ridges & chimney aprons should be the first thing to wear out on your thatched roof after 8 to 10 years.  Materials for ridging and chimney aprons include:

  • Devon Combed Wheat Reed
  • Triticale
  • Rye
  • Water Reed

Held in place with either 2 or 3 horizontal liggers and hazel spars with crossing spars creating a pattern. 

Galvanised wire will then be used to cover both sides of ridge.

Construction of ridges & chimney aprons can consist of a single layer of reed to several layers depending on type and style of ridge /apron sheared flush, ornamental block, rope.