thatched roof history in the United Kingdom

Somerset roof with eave wadd.

Somerset synthetic thatch works best with an eave wadd. This thatch, part of our Regions’ Series, has a gorgeous tapered shingle. Also, its slightly weathered coloration looks like the coloring of hand-trimmed European thatching. Together, the design brings to life the feeling of a rooftop on a quintessential European cottage. While thatching and re-thatching techniques have been handed down from generation to generation among master thatchers in Europe, contractors who choose Endureed’s Somerset synthetic thatch roofs have an advantage. Our roofs require virtually no maintenance.

You can install it on the following roof types: Valley, Shed, Hip, Gable, Cone, or Compound curve.

Valley ShedHip Gable Cone Compound-curve


Somerset synthetic thatch should be installed on any sloped roof that has a 2/12 (2:12) or greater roof pitch. If you are a Do-It-Yourself enthusiast, you should know your roof’s pitch before starting this project. So, for every 12 horizontal feet, the roof must drop at least two feet if you want to install this synthetic thatch product. Look, it’s unlikely that your roof doesn’t fit this requirement. See, 2/12 is a  really low-pitched roof. Yet, if your roof is below this ratio, you’ll need to install a different type of roofing product.


First, use SOPREMA waterproofing membrane before you start. Also, use flashing on the overhang at the edge of the roof to make a nice drip edge. Make sure you check the weather! Be sure to comply with the low-temperature installation restrictions when installing the underlayment.


Somerset is made to look like a thatching you’d find in the British Isles or across Europe. Contact Endureed today!

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