Life of Thatch
A thatch which looks thin is not necessarily a good thatch. The life of thatch can be extended significantly by a timely and appropriate repair. Do not move around on your thatch unnecessarily and do not allow others to do so. Do not let non- thatchers fit netting, flashing etc. without advice from an experienced thatcher. TV aerial erectors etc. should be kept off of thatch as much as possible and please DO NOT allow ridges to be working platforms.
A patterned ridge is not more durable than a ridge finished flush with the main coat. A ridge should be fitted in pitch with, or greater than, the main roof elevation. A thick cut does not necessarily make it a good ridge. The pattern may disappear prematurely from a thin cut ridge. Falling or fallen patterns does not on its own mean that the ridge needs repairing.