proud of our long history
Kenray Roofing has been covering the greater Wellington region with quality roofs for over 60 years! Our family owned and operated business provides a full range of roofing solutions with awesome customer service.
All our services come with a 5 year workmanship guarantee and we work with only the highest quality products. We promise you the best quality and value for money.
Roof restoration is a big part of our business and it’s effective and economical for our clients. We know we can bring the best people and products to your job.
The Kenray Roofing Story
“Hi, I’m Darren Meyrick, from Kenray Roofing servicing the Wellington and Wairarapa region.
I have an extensive family history in the roofing industry. My father Ken Meyrick began in the Wairarapa making and installing roofing tiles in 1950, with two of his brothers, at the age of 16.
After starting a family and moving to Upper Hutt, my father went on to start Kenray Roofing with my Uncle Ray.
Later Ray moved away from the area and my mother Dot became Dad’s business partner. Mum still remembers wiring tiles down the day of the Wahine storm.
I began roofing for my father when I was 15 years old in 1980, alongside my three brothers Tony, Wayne and Craig. Even my big sister Jenny gave us a run for our money as a keen hammer hand.
At first we were replacing all the Housing Commission house roofs in the Wellington region with Monier and Rosscrete tiles.
Gradually we began installing Gerrad and Decrabond tiles, Longrun iron and shingles before gaining the contract to reroof 45 Trentham army camp roofs.
Ken Meyrick with sons Craig & Wayne
Kenray Roofing, Wellington roofing contractors
As our reputation grew we progressed on to various large contracts such as the Malaysian High Commission, Waiwhetu Marae, the multi-story Hitachi building, the American Embassy and many other commercial and residential roofs.
After many years of this I branched out working for other firms to increase my knowledge and skills – only to find that when I was working with my Dad and brothers I was already in the best classroom I could be in.
We were first introduced to roof coatings in the nineties by Glamatex, spraying my first roof on Fergusson Drive in Upper Hutt.
It was then we discovered that replacing older roofs was no longer the only option. Roof restoration was proven to be economical, providing longevity and a fresh new look. My father saw this and made it an expansion of his business.
As time went on my father handed the business onto my brother Wayne and his wife Nicki. Craig and I carried on roofing under Wayne’s guidance.
In 2000 I was offered a position in Brisbane with one of the leading companies in Australia and lived there for nearly two years with my wife and children. There I gained a wider knowledge of roof coatings, customer relations and business management.
Upon my father’s ill health we returned to New Zealand and I started my own business – Kenray Roof Restoration.
With names like Kenray and Meyrick, which are synonymous with roofing in the greater Wellington area, I quickly built a good client base and reputation for roof coating and repairs often coating roofs my family and I had installed many years earlier.
In 2005, looking for a change in lifestyle for our five children, my wife Therese and I moved to the Wairarapa.
Work was steady but I needed something more challenging. I had already gained great confidence and was also eager to get back to my roots.
My wife Therese and I restarted Kenray Roofing, and we now work together with my brother Craig, proud to not only present great products but also to hold the original family business name, Kenray, dedicated to my late father Ken and brother Tony.”
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