Thatching Back in Vogue

Formed from their base in Leicestershire in 2009 Heart of England Ltd, owned and run by Paul Wareing has quickly established themselves as the premium thatching company in the East Midlands. 

Perfectly suited to take on jobs in all corners of the UK. Predominantly they cover the midlands area but have in the past worked on jobs as far afield as Cornwall, Norfolk, Wales and even the Outer Hebrides! 

Paul is a Leicester lad who's career started when offered a summer job as a labourer helping thatch roofs in Lincolnshire. The pull of a pint with fish and chips sitting by the sea was very appealing. Although he didn't realise how tough the job was - working 14 hours a day! Paul's initial dream was to become a fireman, however, always being a creative and 'hands-on' person his passion for thatching got the better of him, and he became an apprentice thatcher. 

I asked Paul do thatch roofs catch fire due to lightening strikes? Although very rare it surprised me that the most comment element of a fire risk is uncleaned chimneys or sparks from the chimney pot! 

Many insurance companies require surveys to be carried out on properties before cover is given to the property. Heart of England offer a simple bullet point survey covering everything that an insurance company requires. This is highly recommended for properties that are for sale, as they answer many questions that potential thatch owners or property sellers often ask. Remember a general surveyor will not have thatching experience, therefore any advice or opinion may be wrong or misleading. 

Heart of England have experience of working on new builds and welcome any interest from developers in this area especially in villages that already have thatched homes, it may help in planning permission as it retains the ambience and feel of the villages. 

There is also a growing demand Paul tells us for thatched summerhouses, out door entertainment areas, outside furniture and parasols which are particularly popular with pubs and restaurants creating that 'holiday' appearance. 

With more than 50 years of experience between the team, they work come rain or shine. All fully trained to NVQ standard in Water Reed, Combed Wheat Straw and Long Straw. They also have vast experience in ridging with Sedge as well as the more common Straw Ridges. 

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