Epsom villa re-roof

Joining two homes together created an impressive 600sq m character villa in the Auckland suburb of Epsom.

But it also created a problem where the two homes were joined.

As Josh Barnes, director of Roofing Works Services Limited, explains. “Where the two homes are joined there are widows walks with internal gutters and they had rusted out because water was pooling there because there wasn’t enough fall.”

And the roof in general was in “pretty poor condition” and leaking when Roofing Works Services Limited was called in to replace it in its entirety.

Josh says the roof was repitched to allow the internal gutters to drain properly, a new bull-nosed roof was put on the veranda, and his team also had new flashings designed to replace the existing around the brick chimney. Two solar tubes were installed in addition to the existing seven skylights in the home.

Being set on a large site – big enough to accommodate a swimming pool and tennis court – made for easy access and room to cut materials on site.

The sprawling villa with intricate fretwork and wraparound verandas has been in the same family for about 50 years. 

Josh says there was a fulltime builder on site – as well as his team – in case any structural timber needed replacing or weatherboards needed removing to accommodate flashings.

“It was a big job,” says Josh. “We had five or six of us there for about 14 or 15 days, and we were doing it before Christmas so the pressure was really on to finish before the break.”



Roofing Works Services Limited

A New Zealand owned family business, Roofing Works Services Limited has been based on the North Shore of Auckland for more than 30 years.

Eddie Barnes started contracting as Roofing Works more than 30 years ago, and has a wealth of experience, skills and knowledge in the roofing industry.

Eddie’s son Josh is a qualified Licenced Building Practitioner, and started as an apprentice working with Eddie 18 years ago. Now a director of Roofing Works Services, Josh ensures compliance with the NZ Metal & Wall Cladding Code of Practice, demands the highest quality of workmanship, and puts huge importance on the safety of his team.

“We pride ourselves as high level, qualified roofing practitioners in both residential and light commercial roofing. Specialising in long-run iron roofing, we offer a supply and install solution for your new home or replacement roof. Our services also include metal wall cladding, prepainted steel gutters and downpipes, and metal rainwater heads.”


Roofing manufacturer:

NZ Steel

Telephone: 09 375 8999


COLORSTEEL® Corrugate 

Colour: Grey Friars


Main contractor: 

Metalcraft Roofing, 

Telephone: 09 444 1813


Roofing Installer : 

Roofing Works Services Limited,  Telephone: 0210 537 440