As a business founded in 1948 shortly after the end of the Second World War, we devoted the majority of our early work to repairing bomb-damaged buildings in Hull, one of the UK’s most heavily bombed cities.

Our pitched roofing works continued in the 1950s with the large-scale construction of social housing estates in Hull, and in the 1960s and 70s we worked with housing developers who were meeting the baby boomers’ demand for new homes.

We continue to work on pitched roofs to this day. Some of our recent re-roofing schemes for Hull City Council have involved recovering the roofs our company originally installed in the 1950s. This followed a decision made by councils across the country to reinvigorate the post-war social housing stock with new roofs and other upgrades.

We use a variety of products on our pitched roofs, ranging from natural slate, clay plain tiles, clay pantiles and, in more recent decades, a vast range of concrete tiles.

While the range of products in the pitched roofing industry in the UK is constantly developing and expanding, there are strong historical local vernaculars relating to roof coverings, with most regions using predominantly tile or slate. This has evolved from pre-Victorian days when the materials used depended on local natural resources. The advent of the railways brought Welsh slate into wider use throughout the country, although certain types of clay tiles still remain particular to specific areas.

All our operatives are fully versed in use of the majority of slates and tiles and we have direct accounts with all the major tile manufacturers.

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