Ranz Professionalism In Metal Tile Installation Award - 2013

The reroof of a 500sqm, earthquake damaged home in Christchurch with multiple pitches and requiring removal of 47 tonnes of concrete tiles has seen installer Chris Meldrum, of Town & Country Roofing Ltd win this year’s RANZ Professionalism in Metal Tile Roof Installation Award.

Sponsored by Metrotile NZ Ltd, the award acknowledged the physical and technical demands of this project which involved realignment of the roof trusses and lifting of the roof in some areas to create a straight ridge line for installation of Metrotile’s shingle profile.

Chris Meldrum, along with business partner Te Mana Paenga, spent 16 weeks on the reroof last winter and the owners praised their professional approach and expert craftsmanship on their large and complex home which had suffered badly in the two earthquakes.

RANZ member Town & Country Roofing Ltd was formed in March 2011 and as an installer for Metrotile NZ Ltd became involved in the free roof tile promotion
for homeowners facing hardship following the earthquakes. Town & Country Roofing Ltd has since been contracted to Golden Homes which is building 400 new homes in Canterbury and Chris has also secured a contract with Generation Homes for projects in North and South Canterbury.

Trained as a roofer in the UK, Chris emigrated to New Zealand in 2001 and after a short stint in the dairy industry became a preferred installer for Gerard Roofs for nine years after which he went to Perth to consider future opportunities. Returning to Christchurch soon after the February 2011 earthquake Chris resumed contact with Te Mana Paenga and their company was registered the following month.

Expansion in the last two years has been rapid and the company employs 10 staff and has five selfemployed two-man gangs, operating from a warehouse and offices in Burnside.

The RANZ Professionalism in Metal Tile Installation Award comes with a $1500 trip to the Gold Coast for winner Chris Meldrum. SH Roofing Ltd, Auckland and Roofing Systems Ltd, Mount Maunganui were highly commended.

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