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:
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.