MEDIA RELEASE: Storm Trouper

Revelling in the upside of downpipes helps this roofer tackle tricky jobs
Written By: Julia Richardson

ON MORE than one occasion, guttering specialist Matt Slick has arrived at a site to quote on a job and been given a friendly warning by his fellow tradesmen. “Be careful how you quote” they’ve said, telling tales of other contractors who had deliberately priced themselves out of what they judged to be a problematic job. “There are some people out there who are happy do the same old boring thing day in and day out” he says. “I love the challenge.”

Slick’s attraction to tough projects, and his ability to see them through, has won him the loyalty of some of the more adventurous builders and designers around Sydney. It has also won his company a gong: the 2007 Excellence in Metal Roofing Award from the Metal Roofings and Cladding Association of Australia. “It’s very rewarding,” he says of the sense of accomplishment he and his team feel on completing a challenging job. “You look back and you say, ‘Well, no one else wanted to do it but we did it and we did a good job.’ “

Following in his father’s footsteps, Slick undertook an apprenticeship straight after school. He worked as a plumber for a couple of years but then decided he “didn’t want to dig holes anymore”. Instead he chose to speacilise in that other aspect of the plumbing trade: laying metal roofs and installing gutters and downpipes. “A good gutter is going to carry water away and channel it either into rainwater tanks or into the stormwater.” To do that, he says, it has to be the right size and the right material, and it has to be installed at a suitable angle. Size is largely determined by the area of roof surface and the amount of rain likely to fall on it. Material depends on the roof’s location and the kind of conditions it will have to weather. Judgements regarding the correct fall for a gutter, on the other hand, are less absolute. “You can’t have a gutter that’s got so much fall in it that you can see it sloping,” Slick says. “You’ve got to find a balance between getting the right fall and not letting it be noticeable to the eye. It should look uniform to the fascia.”

In the 15 or so years he has been in business, Slick has witnessed many changes. In recent years the common quad gutter has been matched in popularity by the half-round gutter. The half-round product tends to have a higher flow rate which means that a complete installation may require fewer downpipes. He has also seen the rise of the leaf guard, a fitting that he views with equivocation. “There are very few on the market that are 100 per cent leaf-free,” he says, explaining that while the mesh-style product may be low maintenance, most of the slatted models need to be cleared of trapped leaves once or twice a year.

But perhaps the biggest change has been the shift towards domestic rain-water tanks. Slick says every new building he works on incorporates a tank and at least 90 per cent of his clients who are now renovating also talk about installing one. Pricing a job is a complicated matter, he says. Slick does, after all, base his reputation on tackling the trickiest of projects and every cut, corner and angle of the roof has an impact on price. “I take pride in my work,” he says. “I like the job satisfaction. I like being able to build something and look back at it and be proud of what I’ve done.”

“Basically, I like being able to look back on something and say, ‘I did that.’”

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MEDIA RELEASE: Sutherland turns to the sky

Residents in Sydney ‘s southern suburbs are turning to the sky for extra water according to local Sutherland roofer, Matt Slick.

Ensuring roofs are collecting water efficiently, replacing old gutters and installing water tanks, has become fashionable across the region as residents look for economical and environmentally
sustainable ways to better manage water.

“People are responding to Sydney ‘s water problems and taking things into their own hands,” said Matt, owner of Miranda-based company Slick Roofing. “The logic of using what nature provides us, here on the coast, is taking hold and my job is no longer just about roofs and gutters, it’s about ‘rainwater management’.”

To most effectively capture and store rainwater, several key steps need to be taken. The roofs themselves should ideally be clad in a durable material, such as COLORBOND ® steel, that efficiently channels water down into the gutters. These then need to quickly take all the water, without splashing or leaking to the downpipes which drops the rainwater into water tanks. Ideally none is lost on the way and that rainwater entering the tank is free from debris.

“The two most important factors,” explained Matt, “are the correct installation of the building materials and of course their quality. There’s no point having a roof that collects huge amounts of rainwater and a water tank, but a crumbling, filthy gutter!

Corrugated steel has long been used on roofs to help collect water in Australia , starting with the early settlers. Today’s incarnation, COLORBOND ® steel, however, does last significantly longer with its resilient pre-painted surface.

According to Matt: “COLORBOND ® steel is extremely durable and comes with a 12 year warranty* for gutters and up to 30 year warranty* for roofs. Also, it’s good for effectively channelling water down into the tank. Homeowners like it too, because it matches the colours of their roofs!”

To store the rainwater, a range of water tanks are now available depending on the shape and size needed and again steel is preferable because of its strength. These can be fitted in a number of ways, either to the house itself, elsewhere in the garden, or even underground.

“It’s great to see people across Sydney’s south not just talking about saving rainwater, but actually doing something about it too,” said Matt. “Harvesting the clouds is good business for me and it’s good for the wider community too. Most importantly, it’s a sustainable and long-term solution, so we know it will keep benefiting us long into the future.”

Carreer Opportunities

At Slick Roofing Pty Ltd developing and maintaining professional tradesmen is our number one priority. A big part of our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all employees through opportunity, recognition, and reward. To accomplish this, we are always looking for high calibre, hardworking individuals. People, who have solid decision making ability, are enthusiastic and committed to providing superior customer service and quality workmanship. Whether you are interested in an apprenticeship or a qualified tradesperson seeking a rewarding career with Slick Roofing Pty Ltd, please contact the Human Resources Manager via email for further information.

Position: Plasterer

We are looking for an experienced plasterer that can finish walls to a high standard for ongoing work in the Sutherland Shire area. This is a permanent position.


All aspects of plastering

Finishing screeding to high standards

Mixing of plaster and general house keeping

Use of tools fit for the trade

The successful applicant MUST have:

At least 2 years experience in a similar role

Excellent screeding-finishing skills

Ability to work independently and finish work of a high standard

Attention to detail and maturity

Current DL

You must also have:

Excellent OHS and communication skills

Australian citizen or Permanent resident with full work rights

A safe and mature approach to your work and fellow colleagues

Interested? Please send a copy of your resume, current tickets and licences along with 2 contactable work referees

Slick Roofing Pty Ltd is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides employees with a safe and friendly working environment.

For more information call our office on 02 9542 1111