Working in any specialised area takes more than just technical skill and the latest technology, it also calls for experience and a well-deserved reputation that can provide an assurance of quality.

At R&BS, we are proud of our long history serving Australian businesses that are looking for a qualified partner to help them maintain and replace their roofs. This history continues to be built every day as we work with clients to meet their needs and grow in new directions.

The early days of R&BS

R&BS started life in Brisbane in 1928, to solve an issue that was challenging many building owners at the time. With the Great Depression affecting the bottom lines of many businesses, building owners could no longer afford a completely new roof if any holes or cracks appeared.

Walking down Queen Street in central Brisbane, the company’s founder – a carpenter by trade – saw water coming through a roof and onto the pavement. He went into the building and offered to give the owner a quote on repairing the roof, an offer that led to the company’s first project.

He then went on to pioneer the use of regalvanising metal roofing, advertising them as more effective than a new roof for building owners and finding a unique business niche in the process.

While the Great Depression was probably not the best time to be starting a business, this shift in thinking from roof replacement to roof maintenance was the starting point for the business that became R&BS.

R&BS becomes an industry leader

For 88 years now, R&BS has continued to expand the scope of its services to better serve their niche in the roofing repair and maintenance sector.
In the 1950s, this took a big step forward, with the company founder handing the reins over to his sons. They continued to expand the business, branching out to sandblasting, painting, galvanising and metal-deck roofing.

A few decades later, in 1972, R&BS’s ownership changed again, with the company handed over to the owner’s nephew and another employee. This time also saw the focus of the company evolve, with repair work coming to the fore and the services on offer branching out again to concrete repair and waterproofing lines. The nephew’s sons now lead the business, employing a fourth generation of the family.

R&BS in the 21st century

In the new millennium, R&BS has continued to offer the same great service that has become the company’s hallmark, while also finding new ways to better serve our clients.

Our client-facing services have been built on personal relationships and we are now looking for new services and digital tools that can help us to reach out, connect and solve the problems of building owners and managers.