Roof repairs in Kent and beyond

So, you probably know that we do a pretty good job at oast cowl construction, but did you know that we also specialise in building and repairing roofs? Our expert team focus on original building techniques that withstand the test of time – and our temperamental English weather! With over 75 years of practice, it’s safe to say we have roofing down to a fine art.  

Whatever your roof type, we’ve got you covered

From brick and wooden, round or square, our team can strip, re-tile and build a roof that is both weatherproof and long-lasting. We can also replace ironwork and lead work and if you are looking to add some special touches, we can create bespoke guttering for your home too. 

Our approach to roofing work

Every roof is as unique as the family living under it, and our expert team can tailor their skills to fit your requirements. Our previous roofing work has covered a whole range of roofs, from National Heritage buildings to standard new builds. Our craftspeople are adept at using traditional methods, such as Kent peg tiles, as well as modern machine-made nib tiles, natural slating and artificial slate. 

With four generations of knowledge at our fingertips, we can offer a quick turnaround while never compromising on our attention to detail.    

A man sanding down some wood

Bespoke building methods

We are passionate about preserving Kent’s heritage and can repair or replace much-loved original features like Kent peg tiles. Smaller than a standard roof tile, these tiles are made from clay and brick earth and attached to the roof with two wooden pegs. Tiles like these cannot be mass-produced as each one is cut by hand and unique. This bespoke building method gives the traditional Kent roof its charming appearance, so it is easy to see why these tiles are so popular.   

Tiles going onto cowl

We’re passionate about kiln roofs too

Of course, as you would expect from oast house experts, we are a dab hand at any kind of kiln roof too! Dude & Arnette began refurbishing kilns way back in 1937 and our clients can testify that our traditional techniques really have stood the test of time. Our expert crafters can restore rundown roofs, giving your kiln a much-needed restoration and ensuring it can be enjoyed for many more generations. But, this is about more than just aesthetics. Kiln roofs require regular maintenance to collapse, so keeping on top of, the top of your kiln, is always a good idea!

Client Feedback: Restoring an oast cowl

Since we started in 1937, Dude and Arnette has restored hundreds of cowls around the UK. We approach every job with honesty, dedication and craftsmanship. We’re committed to making sure that our work is long-lasting and that our clients are happy with our work. Every project is approached as unique, so we can make sure we tailor our services to your exact needs.

We recently received a client testimonial and we thought we’d share it with you so you can get an idea of how we roll.

Dude and Arnette came recommended as the country’s top specialists on cowl restoration. Because of our oast’s difficult access, Darren and his team had to use the traditional way of block and tackle to remove our cowl, and what a great job they did with it.

View of two people inside a wooden oast cowl

It was delivered back to us a few weeks later like new. It was a pleasure to know that three generations were restoring our cowl and are keeping the tradition alive.

View of an oast cowl being transported to a roof

Five years later Dude and Arnette returned to spruce up and refresh our cowl. The service and standard of work were top notch yet again. We are happy to recommend the company without reservation.

Dude and Arnette Specialist holding an owl coast

Whether you’re interested in oast construction, installation or kiln roof maintenanceget in touch with our specialist oast cowl build team for a clear, honest and concise quote and we will organise a visit to your oast house at a time that suits you.

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