We offer the following services:

Your Local Kent Peg Tile & Period Roofing Specialists

In addition, we are skilled in the installation of difficult technical features such as lace and swept valley details and other rare occurrences on old buildings.

All of our materials are sourced locally to suit the contractual needs.  We have a well-stocked yard of quality, second-hand Kent peg tiles, Welsh natural slate and much more to assist you in your project, where required.

Tenterden Roofing Kent Peg Tiling

Kent Peg and Clay Tiling

Used locally for hundreds of years, Kent Peg and Clay Tile are two of the most recognisable roof coverings in the local area.

We are experts in all areas of this discipline, with over 30 years of historic and heritage roofing conservation experience.

The way we work is sympathetic to old buildings and we are proud of every project we work with. We really do take care of our roofing projects, which makes us the specialist od choice in Kent Peg and Clay tile roofing conservation.

Why Choose Tenterden Roofing for Your Kent Peg Tile Roof?

We’ve specialised in Kent Peg tiling for decades, restoring and conserving historic rooflines at heritage properties, churches and cottages. Our work maintains the rich history of this tiling specialism, handed down through the ages while ensuring that modern building practices and regulations are met.

What is Kent Peg Tile Roofing?

Kent peg tiling is a practice that dates back to Roman England. This roofing style has remained a staple of Kent’s architectural landscape but today, Kent peg tiling is a rare craft that’s been handed down through the generations. While modern materials and practices might change the way buildings are constructed, the same old methods and kiln-fired tiles are used in every Kent peg tiling project that we undertake.

Because of their ancient origins, Kent peg tiles are extremely simple, but their rudimentary design has stood the test of time. The tiles are a flat rectangle with two holes at the top, where it’s secured in place with two tapered square pegs. This allows them to be applied to steeper roof pitches and more complex roof shapes. They’re usually arranged in a double lap, maintaining a reliable barrier against rain. 

Peg tiles are among the most beautiful roofing materials available, on account of their simplicity. While we stock a large amount of reclaimed Kent peg tiles, the small-batch manufacturing process used to make new tiles is the same as it’s always been – leaving every tile with a subtly different shape, tone and thickness. The charming character of each individual tile gives the buildings they adorn a timeless aesthetic that modern tiling simply can’t match. Kent peg tiling is a common sight around Kent, Surrey and Sussex – but it’s growing in popularity further afield, adding a rural and country home feel to signature new build properties.

Tenterden Roofing Slating

Natural and Artificial Slating

Natural Slate Roof Tiles

Natural slate is a metamorphic rock with some unique properties that make it useful for many applications – from snooker tabletops to roof tiles.

Slate is formed when shale (a rock composed of mud and clay) undergoes compression and heating in the Earth’s crust. This changes the structure of the rock, arranging the clay into extremely fine, flat flakes. Natural slate is made up of repetitive layers of this fine-grained material, which tends to split evenly in long, flat sheets when struck along the plane.

This predictable flatness is just one of the properties of slate that makes it ideal for roofing tiles. When expertly cut, uniform tiles can be achieved that stack evenly and look well matched.

They’re the lowest energy roofing material in the world to produce – which makes them more environmentally-friendly than any other roof tile. Natural slate is also highly waterproof, making it resistant to frost damage and weathering.

Natural slate roof tiles are a beautiful and durable material that can last for hundreds of years, sometimes outliving the buildings they’re attached to. Subtle variation in each tile helps to maintain the natural, classic look of heritage buildings – and our expert slaters can match the shape and pattern of any natural slate roof.

Artificial Slate Roof Tiles

Besides their lower price point, artificial slate roof tiles have some excellent advantages over their natural counterparts. They’re available in a multitude of colours, shapes and textures – making them versatile and applicable to complex roof designs.

Artificial slate roof tiles are composed of fibre cement, a durable composite construction material. Fibre is used to add tensile reinforcement to a cement material, similar to the way steel rebar is used to strengthen concrete, to produce an extremely durable and strong roofing material.

Artificial slate roof tiles are manufactured and not natural, so while they mimic natural slate tiles well, they have a distinct uniformity to them. This has advantages where a tight and regimented appearance is required – and their consistency also means they’re very reliable under a multitude of conditions.

We’ll help you choose the right artificial slate roof tiles for your project, to achieve the look you want.

Tenterden Roofing Vertical Tiling

Vertical Tiling

Vertical tiling is one of the best ways to weather walls. It is also a very attractive look, especially popular on period properties. It’s especially popular on period properties and a common sight in the Weald.

Choose Tenterden Roofing for Vertical Tiling

At Tenterden Roofing, we’re specialists in vertical tiling. We’re trusted restoration partners at historic buildings and at heritage properties across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. We’re able to source new and reclaimed clay tiles for vertical tiling – suitable for restoration, conservation or even new builds.

Clay Tile Cladding

This cladding method uses clay tiles hung vertically or near vertically (at a 75º pitch or greater) to protect external walls from the elements. It’s a key feature of heritage properties in our local counties, where the practice of vertical tiling dates back to the 17th century. In the early days of construction, wattle and daub was the preferred construction method – but in Kent, Sussex and Surrey, some builders sought a better way to add weather resistance to two storey buildings.

Clay tiles weren’t new at this time, but as their production improved, costs came down – and vertical tiling became prevalent as a cladding material.

Then came the brick tax imposed in 1784, which affected architecture around England and Scotland quite considerably. It drove a boom in creative construction methods; at first, builders and brickmakers attempted to overcome the tax with oversize bricks – but this led to the standardisation of brick sizes, and double the tax to pay on oversize bricks. To overcome the tax altogether, builders reverted to timber structures, using vertical tiling for weather resistance.

While the brick tax had a significant and lasting effect on the brickmaking industry, it’s one of the main reasons we have so many beautiful heritage buildings in our local area that use vertical tiling.

Tenterden Roofing Roof Window

Roof Window Installation

We provide completion roof window installation solutions. Aesthetically pleasing, and providing a large amount of light, our roof window installations are perfect for loft conversions.

Tenterden roofing Mathematical Tiling

Mathematical Tiling

From 1784-1850 there was a brick tax. In order to get around this mathematical tiles were invented. Effectively a form of cladding over a timber-framed building, but with the appearance of brickwork.

They are especially popular on period properties in Sussex and Kent where they are still a common sight.

Our roofing and tile experts have a wealth of experience with mathematical tiling and are well equipped to take care of your tiling project.

Tenterden Roofing Cedar Shingling

North American and Oak Shingling

Mainly prevalent in North America, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Shingles are sawn from straight, knot free sections of wood. Shakes are split from a bolt and are more rustic in appearance. Ideal for buildings requiring a light roof load, hence why they are more common in countries with heavy snowfall. Bundles of character, but do require slightly more maintenance than other coverings.

Tenterden Roofing Concrete Interlocking Tiling

Concrete Plain and Interlocking Tiling

The most modern roofing material. Cost effective, durable; there are a wide range of products on the market to suit nearly all roofing applications. Speak to our team today to discuss the best roofing solution for your property.

Tenterden Roofing Bargeboards, Soffits And Fascia

Fascia, Soffits & Bargeboards

The fascia is the horizontal board at the base of a roof. It primarily supports the first course of tiles, and is where the gutter is normally fitted to. The soffit is attached to the fascia underneath and boxes in the area underneath the rafter feet or trusses. It is normally ventilated to prevent condensation and increase airflow to the roof void.

Finally, bargeboards are found on a gable end. They have evolved into many shapes and sizes over the years, with some being very decorative.

Tenterden Roofing Leadwork

Comprehensive, Quality Leadwork Services to LSA Standards

The best roofing material available. If fitted correctly, lead sheet will outlast the building it is protecting.

We are able to undertake all leadwork including, chimney flashings, valley gutters and flat roofs to a LSA standards.