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About Us

Our Company History

 
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NZ Rail Onehunga - 1974
LT7 Aluminium
Every sheet had to be rake cut by hand.
 
 
Paton Roofing Services Ltd is a medium sized company which has been operating for over 40 years in the roofing industry.   We are a family owned and operated business based in Henderson, employing up to 30 local staff and contractors. 
                                                                                              
Phil Gilmore is our Director and has been the owner of the business for the past 25 years.  Phil has a long standing history in the roofing industry and is well known for his 'honest as the day is long' attitude to business.

Paton Roofing was originally started by local men Allan Paton and Don Good in the 1970s.  Roofing was certainly a different game then, working with concrete tiles, decromastic tiles, some metal roofing, but mainly fibrolite roofing. 

When Phil left school at 16 years old in 1956, he was the last person in NZ to be employed as a “Roof Improver“, which then changed to what we know as appren
ticeships.  Working his way through the ranks, he went to work for Winstones as a Foreman, then later became Manager of their roofing division. 

In the late 70s Phil came to work for Paton Roofing as Manager, this was a welcome change he would not look back from. In 1988 the opportunity came up for Phil to purchase the company.  Keeping the Paton name was an easy decision as there was already a company history that he had been part of and wanted to continue. 

Phil's son Grant Gilmore is our Manager and has been with Paton Roofing Services Ltd fo
r 10 years.  Grant has been working in the construction industry since leaving school in 1986.  He came to Patons and started out laying roofs and co-ordinating jobs. Grant wishes to continue the longevity of the company with a  very 'hands on' business approach. 

Times have changed significantly and there certainly has been many product and industry changes, the introduction of health & safety policies,  building innovation and regulations, but you still have to get the basics right – provide a great service.
 






 
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Wiri
Early 1970s
Reroof - Lifting Iron to the roof with helicopter due to limited access.
  This type of loading is not seen often even today.
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Air New Zealand Hanger
1982
Wall cladding sheets were 30m long
Lifted by hand with men strategically placed on scaffolding
 


Our Work History

 
Paton Roofing Services have been involved in a huge number of projects.  Although we are based in Auckland, we have had jobs located in Warkworth, Kaitaia and as far away as Samoa.  

There have been a large number of challenging projects that have involved a bit more than "just roofing".  As with all trades there is always more to it than meets the eye and a huge amount of planning and innovation has been required to meet the requirements of each job.

Some of our work includes: 
 
  • Wiri Prison Kitchen & Laundry
  • Edmonton Countdown
  • Spring Hill Prison Fire Reinstatement
  • Frucor Site Improvements
  • St Marys College Gymnasium
  • Allan Brewster Recreation Centre
  • Manurewa Recreation Centre
  • AFFCO
  • Wiri Prison Gate House 
  • Hobson Street GXP Substation
  • Sacred Heart College Auditorium 
  • New World New Lynn
  • Countdown Warkworth 
  • Progressive Distribution Centre Favona Road
  • Fonterra Amenities and Office Block 
  • Watercare Sites
  • Z Station & Carls Junior Pukekohe 
  • North Harbour Broadcast Tower
  • ASB North Wharf 
  • New World Lunn Ave
  • ASB Great South Road 
  • Butch Petfoods
  • Meadowlands Shopping Centre Roofing Remedial Works 
  • Argylewear
  • Manurewa Fitness Plus 
  • Countdown Lynfield
  • Pak N Save Kaitaia
  • Rongomai Sports Centre
  • Pak N Save Wairau Road
  • Waikato Water Treatment Plant
  • Pak N Save Silverdale
  • Pak N Save Henderson
  • Ormiston Senior College 
  • Henderson Squash Club
  • Sound Stage Henderson 
  • Westgate Shopping Centre
  • Waitakere Baling Station 
  • Henderson RSA
  • Henderson Police Station & Swimming Pool 
  • Waitakere College
  • Waitakere Council Building
  • Lincoln Road Shopping Centre
  • Historical Henderson Railway Station
  • Starkist Fisheries - Pago Pago Samoa
  • Henderson Shopping Centre all Stages 1-4
  • Pacific Steel Otahuhu
  • Huhtamaki Bulk Store, Henderson
  • NZ Steel Mill (Contract from 1985 to 1987)