Thatched Roof Insurance Explained

Why do I need specialist thatch roof insurance? What are the extra risks of a thatched roof and what should I know before I buy? Get to grips with the most important insurance policy you might have with our thatched insurance guide.

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What is thatched roof insurance?

Thatched roof insurance is a specialist insurance policy designed for properties with a complete or partial thatched home. The policy will also cover the entire property so you don’t need a separate policy for that.

What’s wrong with just having standard home insurance?

A thatched roof building faces a higher risk of fire than a standard tile roof. This highlights the main difference between the two and the reason it needs a specialist policy. There is usually a different set of exclusions that go along with a thatched policy too, this is because the extra fire risk means insurers require you to have fire precautions and agree to keep the roof maintained to a minimum standard.

What are the requirements?

  • The thatched roof must have been inspected by a thatcher within the last 10 years

Thatch Types

You will need to inform the insurer at the quote stage which of the following your property has.

  • Water Reed

  • Devon Reed

  • Combed Wheat

  • Norfolk Reed

  • Long Straw

  • The electrics in the property must have been inspected within the last 10 years.

  • Chimneys must be swept annually

  • No naked flames or tools producing flames be present in the attic or loft space

  • Two fire extinguishers must be fitted inside the property

  • Roof must be treated with fire retardant

Property Types

A thatched roof policy will still cover the rest of your home in just the same way as any normal home insurance policy. Even if there are other non-standard features to your property such as:

  • Listed property

  • Let property

  • Unoccupied

  • Holiday Home

  • Second Home

What must I know to get a quote?

You will need to know answers the some or all of the following for a broker or insurer to be able to offer a quote.

  • The thatch depth - Is it less than a metre, between 1 and 2 or more than 2?

  • The type of thatch material

  • The height of chimney above the ridge - Less than or more than 1.8 metre

  • The distance from nearest fire station

  • Whether the property has open fires - It is possible to insure for a property with open fires but if you don't use the fire place you can have a 'solid fuel warranty. This states that no solid fuel is burnt on the property.

Related policies

Standard home insurance

Listed home insurance

Unoccupied home insurance

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