Original materials and methods of fixing should be respected and fibre cement slates and concrete tiles should not be used in repairs.
Thatched buildings are an integral part of our vernacular heritage. Since the 1950s an estimated 15,000 thatched buildings have been lost and today only 144 examples with an uncovered thatch roof are known to remain.
As an increasingly scarce feature of our landscape, the Department is committed to encouraging the retention of traditional thatched buildings through priority grant-aid.
Listed buildings with thatch under a tin roof are included in this category.
- See also Maintenance Checklist: Thatch
Guidance on Roofs
- Technical Note 42: Chimneys, flues and hearths
- Technical Note 43: Roofs
- Technical Note 44: Roof drainage
For additional technical guidance please visit the Historic Environment Toolkit.