Russell Stark has more than 35 years of experience in metal roofing and guttering work. He has done everything from replacing a downpipe on a car shed, to reroofing houses, or working on industrial buildings a kilometre long. This means that when you talk to him about your home and what you hope to do with it, he draws on a wealth of personal experience that can be used in providing you with sound advice and a professional job.
Russell was born and bred in Brisbane, coming from a family involved in the building industry, and so he totally understands the process of building, from start to finish; as well as the weather and the way it affects Brisbane roofing in general..
What do we do?
Stark Roofing is a company consisting of roofing contractors who re-roof and repair metal roofing, guttering and downpipes (both PVC and metal), within the greater Brisbane region.
Metal roofing simply means the materials used for a roof are made of metal. However, the metal could be in a different type, shape, and size and colour from your next-door neighbour. For instance, the “sheets of iron” are usually made from materials commonly called Zincalume or Colorbond roofing, but just these two types of roofing materials come in a variety of profiles and colours.
The different profiles used by Stark Roofing include corrugated, Trimdeck, Cliplok and Mini Orb, to name a few. This is because some profiles are designed to be used in specific roofing conditions. For example, a flat roof requires a different profile to one with a steep pitch, or something extra might be required to protect your home from the weather or the environment
Zincalume provides the silver-coloured roof seen on many homes and industrial buildings around the country, but Colorbond provides a wide range of colours to suit virtually every situation.
Guttering is also a familiar job to those working in the Stark Roofing team. Gutters come in many different styles to suit different types of houses and weather conditions.
Guttering collects rain water that runs off the roof. It then transports the water to the storm water pipes, via downpipes, so that the water does not flow back into the ceiling cavity, flooding the house.
The Stark Roofing team members pride themselves on having specialised knowledge of these kinds of things to provide you with a roof and gutter that works for your home.
In addition to standard roofing and guttering, Stark Roofing also installs roof insulation, sky lights and ventilators.
The team is qualified to remove asbestos roofs and replace with a metal alternative.
Please note: While we can make some repairs to tiles, we are not tilers and so do not do major work on clay or concrete roofs.
Where do we do it?
As a rule, suburbs that usually need more re-roofing or re-guttering are those that were established at least forty years ago, as well as areas that tend to have a higher incidence of storms, or corrosion caused by sea air or industrial pollution.
However, Stark Roofing has hundreds of satisfied clients all around Brisbane, and contractors travel as far north as Strathpine and Redcliffe, as far south as Victoria Point and Beenleigh, and as far west as Ipswich.
If your home or building is in the greater Brisbane area, then we are happy to talk to you about your roofing or guttering problem. We can provide options on how you can make improvements, and a free, no-obligation quote for your consideration.
Russell Stark’s trade contractor licence number with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) is 43363.
As well as a licenced trade contractor, Russell Stark also holds the following certifications:
- Asbestos Removalist Certificate
- Asbestos Removal Supervisor Certificate
- Elevated Work Platform Certificate (EWP)
- Working Safely at Heights
- General Safety Induction (construction industry) Training (Blue Card)
- Roof Plumber and Wall Cladder licence
- Certificate III in Roof Plumbing
- Certificate III in Carpentry
- Certificate II in Engineering
- Business Management Basics for Trade Contractors
You can be sure that anyone working on job sites for Stark Roofing, will be certified to do the work they are completing, unless the person is a supervised apprentice or labourer.
Safety is an issue that Stark Roofing takes very seriously because guttering and roofing involve working at heights while using sharp implements and power tools.
Conditions are frequently slippery or uneven and materials can be razor sharp.
The weather is unpredictable, with strong winds and rain that can come from nowhere, worsening the slippery conditions. Because metal is such a good conductor of heat, workers are walking on a roof that is at least 10 degrees hotter than on the ground.
When taking off a roof, contractors are exposed to anything the ceiling cavity contains. This includes asbestos, chemicals, snakes, poisonous spiders, lice, vermin, and what can be most dangerous of all: work from previous tradesmen. For example, live electrical wires are often found where they are not supposed to be, or structural timber that is rotten or missing can be a common hazard.
Health and safety procedures are therefore carefully followed by the Stark Roofing team, and there is zero tolerance for anyone working while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This attitude minimises the risk of misadventure for home owners, their pets and children, as well as the workers.
Building standards have gradually changed over the years, and significant changes have been made since the 1980s. For instance, it was in the 1980s that it became illegal to use asbestos as a roofing material.
Edge protection is another law that has changed dramatically in the past twenty years. In the 1990s, roofers rarely thought about having handrails or scaffolding to keep themselves safe, and consequently an average 6 roofers died in Queensland every year by falling from heights.
Today it is specified by law that handrails or scaffolding be used when contractors are working at height. This has greatly enhanced safety on job sites and it is uncommon today to hear of fatal accidents in the roofing industry.
These safety changes, and many others that have occurred over the past thirty years, make life safer for workers, delivery contractors, and the family living on the property.
Ethics and Reliability
Russell Stark says, “When I organise a quote for work to be done on my own home, I want the tradesperson to arrive at the arranged time, and so when I organise quotes for my clients I try to be there when I say I will.
Obviously sometimes things don’t go to plan, but I think that it is bad manners to keep people waiting for hours, so I try to keep my clients informed if things go pear-shaped and I can’t make it to pre-arranged appointments.”
- Stark Roofing provides warranty on work carried out by Russell Stark or his contractors. It does not cover work that is completed by individuals from other companies.
- On receipt of payment, all new roofing work carries a 6.5-year labour warranty.
- New Gutters carry a 6.5-year labour warranty.
- Roof and gutter repairs are excluded of labour warranty.
Note: Warranty will be invalidated if people, who do not work for Stark Roofing, alter or damage in any way, the works completed by Stark Roofing.
All roofing materials used by Stark Roofing carry warranties from the companies that manufacture them. The length of time a warranty is valid for depends on the location of your home or business. For example, Colorbond roofing steel carries a warranty up to 36 years. We can calculate the exact length of time, and then activate this warranty for you through their web site:
Similarly, warranties on industrial buildings can be calculated and activated through this other page on their web site: https://warranties.bluescopesteel.com.au/site/professional/warranty-estimator.html
Free, no-obligation quotes in Brisbane. If you want it to last, ring Russell Stark!