Macclesfield Express - - HOMES -

sur­pris­ingly, most thatched roofs need lit­tle main­te­nance and, apart from hav­ing the ridge re­done, can last up to 70 years.

While thatch is idyl­lic though, it’s also ex­pen­sive and car­ries the dan­ger of go­ing up in flames although fires are rare. There are ways to re­duce the risk of a fire, in­clud­ing hav­ing any work­ing chim­neys swept reg­u­larly (at least twice a year) and lined; mak­ing sure the chim­ney stacks are in good con­di­tion, es­pe­cially in the loft; and hav­ing the wiring through­out checked by a qual­i­fied elec­tri­cian ev­ery five years.

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