P.C. Symonds offers a complete thatching service including thatch roof repairs, re-ridging and renovation service to customers throughout West Dorset.

We have a team of experienced craftsmen trained in all aspects of traditional thatching. 

Proprietor Peter Symonds offers customers the benefits of many years' trade experience. If you are unsure what's best for your roof, Peter will be happy to advise. Taking into account your budget and the size of your property, we'll put together the ideal plan for your roof. 

We are able to lend our expertise to a wide array of roof projects including:

  • Re-ridging
  • New thatching 
  • Dressing up
  • Brushing down 
  • Full and partial thatched roof repairs

It's our aim to provide a first-class customer experience from start to finish. Once we receive a commission, we'll be committed to delivering the work to a high standard, within the agreed timeframe and at a reasonable price. 

When the project is finished, we'll clean any debris and leftover materials from your property, allowing you to admire your new roof. 

The majority of our commissions come through recommendation. We like nothing better than to hear positive feedback from the customer after a job well done. We're confident you'll be pleased with the results we achieve for your roof.

If you'd like to learn more about our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


P.C. Symonds use the following thatching materials:

Combed Wheat: Combed wheat has an attractive 'brushed' appearance and has been used extensively in thatched roofing since the late 19th century. You can expect combed wheat roofing to last between 20-40 years. In order to prevent birds removing the wheat, a wire net covering is usually added.

Water Reed: Historically, water reed was used in the areas where it was abundant, i.e. the New Forest and Norfolk. It's a resilient material that looks great and lasts, with typical lifespan of 50 years, though in some case it can last up to 80! Wire netting is not required with water reed roofing, as it is not vulnerable to bird attacks. We generally recommend water reed for new roofs. 

Ridging: It is advisable to hire a professional to examine the ridge of your thatched roof every 10-15 years. There are two types of ridge in thatched roofing. 'Wrap over' ridging is made from a thick layer of material, folded over the apex of the roof and fixed to both size; 'butt-up' ridging uses the butts of the material, which are forced together from both sides to form an apex. We specialise in all areas of thatched roofing and offer a complete ridging repair and maintenance service. 

All materials used are of the highest quality, ensuring durable, lasting repairs.