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May 16-25, 2010. Throughout our traveling in Ireland we found many thatched houses. These homes all have thatched roofs. Thatching is the craft of building a roof with dry vegetation such as straw, water reed, sedge, rushes and heather, layering the vegetation so as to shed water away from the inner roof.

There are more thatched roofs in the UK and Ireland than in any other European country. Good quality thatching straw can last for more than 45-50 years when applied by a skilled thatcher.




 Thatch has some natural properties that enhance its performance. It is naturally weather-resistant. and when properly maintained does not absorb a lot of water. It is also a natural insulator, and air pockets within the straw thatch insulate a building in both warm and cold weather. The building will be cool in summer and warm in winter. When applied correctly, a thatched roof also has very good resistance to wind damage.




We were very enchanted by the quaintness of the thatched roof homes, and I at least, could imagine all sort of fairy tales associated with them. Wonderful memories!


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