Rhino Roofing & Cladding charges ahead

13 Jun , 2024  

Solid, reliable and experienced, Rhino Roofing & Cladding is a leading roofing and cladding installation specialist based in Ballylongford, Co. Kerry which continues to go from strength to strength.

Established in September 2017 by directors Paudie Collins and Pat Ahern, the company has grown to employ 35 people directly, a further 60-70 on a subcontract basis, and has an annual turnover of approximately €20 million. It operates nationwide and recently won its first data centre in Europe with main contractor TSL. Rhino Roofing & Cladding collaborates with a host of main contractors on large-scale projects, including John Sisk & Son, PJ Hegarty & Sons, Vision Contracting, John Paul Construction and the UK-based, Irish-owned TSL as well as modular homes company Castle Modular.

The Co. Kerry firm has forged a particularly strong relationship with Sisk and was delighted to be shortlisted for a John Sisk & Son Supply Chain Partner of the Year Award in 2023. One of the social highlights of the year, the John Sisk & Son Supply Chain Awards recognise excellence among Sisk’s supply chain partners across Ireland and Europe, and show appreciation for all the great work done together.

Sisk spends over €1 billion annually across its supply chain of almost 8,000 companies. Over 70 sub-contractors and suppliers were shortlisted for awards, having been nominated by each of Sisk’s business units and procurement respectively. Each business unit then selected its ‘Best Supply Chain Partner of the Year’ from the proposed shortlist following a thorough evaluation process.

“We had a great night at the awards ceremony in The Convention Centre in Dublin last November,” Paudie remembers.

“We were thrilled to be on the shortlist. Our first big job with Sisk was Center Parcs in Longford. Since then, we have worked on several more projects with them. The work we do with Sisk accounts for about 70% of our overall turnover. But we value all of our clients. We’d be nothing without them or our approved suppliers. I also want to say that the backbone of our company is our employees and over the years we have formed a brilliant team who bring the highest level of workmanship to every job.

“We pride ourselves on our workmanship, quality and exemplary Health & Safety record. We mightn’t be the cheapest, but we won’t be beaten on quality.”

Some of Rhino Roofing & Cladding’s current / recent collaborations with Sisk include University Hospital Limerick (UHL) and Bons Secours Hospital Limerick, Bonham Quay residential development in Galway and J&J Visioncare Ireland (formerly Vistakon Ireland) manufacturing facility in Limerick. Other current / recent roofing and cladding projects include Vantage Business Park in Dublin for Newpark Real Estate, American Fruits & Flavors Ireland in Athy for TSL, SLX which is a new residential development in Stillorgan for John Paul Construction and over 200 no one storey modular units for Castle Modular in Gort.

“The relationships we build with our clients are important in allowing us to create lasting bonds,” Paudie says.

“Not just because of the value-added roofing and cladding services we provide, but also with the calibre of our performance and the quality of our work. And when that trust is earned, we never take it for granted.

“We always look for ways to go that extra mile and this ethos filters down from senior management through every layer of our organisation. We constantly strive for excellence and take great pride in exceeding our clients’ expectations.”

Rhino Roofing & Cladding uses only the best products from leading names such as Kingspan, Euroclad, Tegral, EQC, Moy Materials, SIKA, QBM, Mak Fasteners and Toolfast. Underpinned by over 60 years of collective experience, Rhino are the experts when it comes to roof and cladding installations and repairs. The company specialises in all metal, bituminous and single-ply membrane roofing systems. The Rhino team’s experience along with their principle of working closely with their suppliers allow them to deliver projects on time and at the best possible price for their clients.

The company has expertise in various composite and built-up rainscreen cladding systems. Over the years, it has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience in delivering these systems on prestigious projects across the country. Rhino Roofing & Cladding also offers a comprehensive roof surveying service. Its team is skilled at assessing roof conditions using a variety of techniques from non-invasive procedures such as visual inspections and spark testing to invasive core cut tests. Clients are provided with an extensive report that details the overall condition of the roof and the best solutions for any problems found.

Managing Director Paudie Collins and Commercial Director Pat Ahern previously worked together at SIAC Roofing & Cladding.

“I qualified in Quantity Surveying in 1997 and Pat Ahern hired me for the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre project in Dublin,” Paudie explains.

After that, Paudie went on to work on numerous prestigious schemes throughout the country. It helped him to develop a network of main contractors and to work his way up to the role of Contracts Manager with SIAC. Some of the more memorable Dublin projects include Wyeth Medica (now Pfizers), Interxion, Microsoft and DCU.

Major assignments in Cork also appear on Paudie’s CV such as Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Pfizers, Novartis, Smithkline Beecham and Centocor to name but a few.

Pat himself brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Commercial Director’s role within Rhino Roofing & Cladding, having worked on some truly prestigious projects in the past, including Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and Intel at home and abroad.

Rhino Roofing & Cladding is committed to more sustainable, green building methods. It supports the aims of organisations such as the Irish Green Building Council (IGBC), Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) and the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) in the worldwide drive towards sustainability. 

Rhino Roofing & Cladding would like to take this opportunity to thank its clients and suppliers for their unwavering support.

Rhino Roofing & Cladding



Co. Kerry.

Telephone: 068 69908

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.rhinoroofing.ie

This article was published in Building Ireland Magazine, May 2024, Vol 10 No 5