Case Studies

The Cloth Hall, Smarden

Winner of The Heritage Award at the National Roofing Awards 2016

We were delighted to be engaged to re-roof this beautiful 15th Century Grade 2 *house in Smarden. Our brief was to ensure that the work was carried out to exacting standards with the minimum disruption and mess.  

Before commencing we had to take a full photographic survey to ensure all detailing was replicated or improved.  

  • We had to work around nesting barn owls and leave the end canopy un tiled until the young had flown
  • Scaffold was erected and all boarded lifts covered in polythene to stop any debris falling on ground.
  • Roofs all stripped of existing tiles and lathes
  • Rafters all de-nailed and treated with odourless wood preservative: Wykamol
  • New TLX Gold Insulation installed
  • New oak tilt filets fitted
  • New brash 25 x 38 battens fitted with 65mm galvanised nails.
  • New oak lathes installed at sprocketed eaves and canopy, and peg tiles hung on wooden pegs to retain original appearance
  • All tiles re-hung with 40mm alloy peg drops. . We had to source 10000 top quality reclaimed old Kent peg tiles which were mixed with existing prior to laying
  • All chimneys were re-flashed with traditional lime mortar flaunches and soakers. 
  • Verges were set on lime mortar without undercloak as per original detail
  • Ridge tiles were back bedded on lime mortar as per original detail.
  • All chimneys were re-pointed with lime mortar.
  • Open lead valleys were replaced with valley tiles.
  • Swept valley was carefully replicated

My team and I are very proud of this project and the icing on the cake was picking up The Heritage Award  at the National Roofing Awards in London 2016

Scaffold up
Before work starts
Original roof
Same elevation on completion
original roof
original poor pointing and flashings
original roof
original roof
Poor original tiled verge
Poor original hip
Stripping of swept valley. A very dirty job!
Original chimney
Roof stripped and insulated with TLX Gold
Battened and loaded with tiles
Tiles loaded
Tiles loaded
Tiling in progress
Chimney with lead soakers and stainless steel mesh before traditional flashings installed
Work in Progress
Work in progress
Almost complete
Smart new roof
Completed roof
Completed roof
Completed roof
Verge and lead cheek detail
completed rear roof
Completed roof
Completed roof
Completed front roof
Completed roof
Canopy with exposed oak battens and wooden pegs
Swept valley detail
End ridge detail
All done!
Award brochure