On top of the world

Tiles and Tyvek® help roofer achieve prestigious international award.


The extraordinary, undulating roof at Quintain House, winner of the NFRC’s ‘UK Roof of the Year’ in 20 17, has received yet another major accolade.

A globally-recognised award from the International Federation for the Roofing Trade (IFD) was presented to the UK’s Rowlands Roofing at the 65th Congress in, Austria, in October 2017.

The awards showcase outstanding achievement by roofing contractors in workmanship and safety. Seventy one buildings from ten countries were submitted, with 17 projects nominated from the United Kingdom, Hungary, Slovakia, South Africa, Russia, China and Austria. Quintain House won in the pitched roof category.

Contractors Rowlands Roofing used a mix of craftsmanship and innovation to create the sweeping curves of the building’s 820m2 roof, made up of 60,000 hand cut clay tiles.

It demonstrates the highest standards of roofing expertise, craftsmanship and delivery to turn an ambitious architectural vision into striking reality. The stunning curves articulated by the beauty of clay tiles are the crowning glory of a roofing masterpiece. It was created with passion, attention to detail and unrivalled skill.

Master Craftsman Andrew Rowlands said the unique design of the new build in Gloucestershire called for reliable, robust protection. “The roof had to be stunning to look at,” he said, “but it also had to adhere to BS 5534:2014 best practice – that is, to be waterproof and secure.

We’re very particular about quality and durability for all our roofing projects, and for this challenging installation, the choice was clear: Tyvek® Supro breather membranes, complemented by Tyvek® tapes,” he added.

Tyvek® Supro is as unique as the projects it protects. Recent tests show that, thanks to the material’s unique 175 micron functional layer, Tyvek® continues to perform for well up to twenty years after installation, whereas multi-layer products often lose the capacity to hold out water, and some fail after less than five years on the job.

From award-winning projects like Quintain House to schools, office blocks and residential homes – all roofs need protection from the elements and deserve quality materials that will stand the test of time.