Thatch Roof Repairs Dorset 

Does your property sport a thatched roof? Has your thatched roof seen better days? Then now is the time to do something about it. You cannot fix such a roof by yourself, and to do so would only introduce unnecessary complications. For expert advice and professional services delivered by thatching specialists, call RV Miller.

We possess a wealth of experience and a history that stretches back to 1966. We boast a loyal workforce of in-house thatchers who are committed to providing our customers with the best service possible. If you would like to find out more, call our family-run company today on 01929 462465.

Thatched Roof Repair in Dorset  

For many folks, the idea of living in a home with a thatched roof is the dream. But thatching is a specialist roofing option that requires a lot of upkeep to maintain. Thatching can be damaged just like a modern roof, and, as with a modern roof, when damage occurs, the roof is no longer weathertight. It could also open up or collapse in places, and in severe cases, could collapse entirely.


Fortunately, if you require thatched roof repair in Dorset, you need look no further than RV Miller as we’re widely considered to be the go-to thatch specialists in the county.

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Thatching Repairs in Dorset

If the roof hasn’t been checked in a long while, we recommend booking an inspection, even if no issues are apparent. Regular spot repairs are necessary to ensure the longevity and performance of your thatching. And you should always be on the lookout for visible signs, so you know when to act. Signs to be aware of include:

  • Fixings Showing Through the Thatch
  • Hollows or Lines in the Thatch
  • Wire Netting Raised Along the Edges
  • Net Patches Under the Eaves
  • Moss and Lichen Growing on the Thatch
  • Flashings* Coming Away

* = the flashings are waterproof strips that are seen attached around roof protrusions and chimneys – they are very easy to spot.

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Why Choose RV Miller for Your Thatch Roof Repairs in Dorset?  

Established in 1966 by Rod Miller, RV Miller has been serving the local community for nearly 60 years. Today, the business is run by Rod’s stepson, John Tozer, after he joined the company back in 1994. John runs the business true to the values set forth by Rod, ensuring a sense of continuity of lifelong customers. Under his guidance, our team of thatchers deliver impeccable service, underpinned by traditional values enhanced with modern techniques, tools, and equipment. 

Both Rod and John are proud members of the National Society of Master Thatchers. Membership of the NSMT is not for everyone and demonstrates that a company has attained a certain standard. They are also proud members of the Dorset Master Thatchers Association, which is, similarly, a hallmark of quality. Whatever ever service you require, whether you want a new thatched roof installed, ridging replaced, or your current thatching fixing up, you can count on RV Miller.

How Often Should a Thatched Roof be Replaced?  

This is a somewhat complicated question to answer as there are factors that apply here. First, it’s worth noting that the answer changes dramatically depending on whether you’re referring to a roof made from water reed or one made using wheat reed. Wheat reed is a lightweight material that’s less hard-wearing; you’ll be looking to replace such a roof every 15 or so years (up to 25 years with regular maintenance).

Conversely, water reed can last for around 25 years (up to 45 years with regular maintenance). Note that whichever material you choose, the ridging will need replacing every ten or so years.

The situation is somewhat complicated by other factors, such as:

  • The Skill Level of the Original Thatcher
  • Quality of the Materials Used
  • Pitch of the Roof (slacker roofs wear more quickly)
  • The Aspect of the Roof (shaded roofs are more prone to damp-related issues)

If your thatched roof was originally installed by our thatching specialists, you’d likely get the full 15-years (wheat) or 25-years (water) of service. And if you let us maintain your roof, you’ll likely get the maximum lifespan from both options. For roofs installed by any other thatcher, results may vary, but we’ll be able to give you a rough idea of how much life your thatching has left in it.

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Quality Thatched Roof Materials

As stated above, the materials used will have a huge impact on the longevity and performance of a thatched roof. Your roof might have been constructed using reed that is ill-suited for the region – typically, the reed used is grown in the same region to ensure it’s adapted to the climate. Another issue could be an installation that’s used wheat reed where water reed would’ve been the better choice. Trust that when you contact RV Miller, we’ll always steer you in the right direction.

We know what materials to use and always carefully source these materials to ensure the best results every time.


We can tell you all about our incredible thatching services, but there are times where words simply don’t do justice to what’s being said. For such situations, pictures are the best medium, and so, we’d like to direct your attention to our gallery page.

Contact Our Thatch Roofer in Dorset

Now that you’ve had a chance to read through the above information, it should be obvious who the company to call for thatching services is. Contact RV Miller for your thatch roof repairs in Dorset, and we’ll restore your roof to full working order for the most affordable price around.


We’re ready and willing to discuss your request with you further; all you need to do is give us a call on 01929 462465. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to get in touch using a written method, you can fill out our online contact form or email, and our thatching team will be in touch.