Things to Do in Brisbane
Queensland’s most populous city has some first class, large conference venues and accompanying levels of accommodation.
Residents and visitors alike will never run out of great places to explore in and around Brisbane City. You can walk around the natural parklands, visit art galleries, wine and dine in great restaurants, and there’s also nightclubs and boutique hotels, huge shopping malls, and plazas with cinemas.
Brisbane Housing Costs
New residents love the relatively low house prices in South East Queensland and they are also attracted to the warm weather and relaxed atmosphere. With more residents, you get a higher demand for housing and that then equates to higher prices. The membership in the million dollar club of suburbs situated in the SE corner is slowly growing. As you would expect homes on the beach front and in riverside suburbs in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast come with a high price tag.
Growth in house prices in certain parts of Queensland are as high as those in Sydney and Melbourne, but if people know where to look, they can still find affordable properties. As expected, the further away you get from city centres and the waterfront, the cheaper it gets.
The Brisbane River was ‘found’ by John Oxley, the Surveyor General, in 1823. He had received a tip-off from some ex-convicts who had been living in the region at the time. It was named after the Governor of NSW at the time, Thomas Brisbane.
The area was not settled by Europeans until 1824. Free settlement started in 1842.
Brisbane grew steadily until WWII when it became the allied headquarters in the South Pacific. Australian and American servicemen pushed the population to about 750,000. After the war, the growth of Brisbane continued and it made its claim as the third largest city in Australia.
Brisbane has been considered a lesser culturally oriented city than Sydney and Melbourne but that is changing as it now has a thriving arts scene and presents the best live music shows in the country.
Costs through the Roof!
With costs of buildings escalating, if you can find any areas in home construction where you can make savings, as well as retain quality and comfort, then they will become obvious choices. We’re talking about roofing which is one of the more expensive aspects of building a house. In the case of re-roofing, there are now alternatives to the standard terracotta and cement tiles.
Let’s take a look at why and how asphalt roofing shingles are a great choice for your home. Their design versatility, safety and wind rating all help to make our All American Shingles your first roofing choice.
American Roofing Shingles
The team at All American Roofing have come up with a list of the top features of our asphalt shingles that benefit not only the homeowner but the contractor as well.
Because of the way they are made and designed the asphalt roofing shingle can be adapted to different shapes and angles. This results in a perfect fit for your roof.
- Variety in Design
Not only can the asphalt roofing shingles be made to fit different architectural styles, they are often a more cost-effective alternative.
- Choice of Colours
There is a wide range of colours available so that asphalt roofing shingles will compliment your home and lift that curb appeal.
- High Wind rating
All American Roofing shingles are engineered and made to resist winds up to 110 mph (180 kph).
- Fire Rating
Asphalt roofing shingles with a fibreglass mat achieve the highest fire rating Class A. That means you have protection against fire penetration into the house.
- Sound Protection
Sound protection from external noise because of the composition of asphalt roofing shingles. These shingles do a fine job of dampening outside noises.
- Easy Installation
Trained contractors find asphalt roofing shingles fairly easy to install. Like most projects, a proper installation gets you a good result. All American Roofing contractors are trained in the correct installation of these roofing shingles which ensure a high quality finish.
- Cost Effective with Quality
GAF asphalt tiles have been made for decades and used successfully in millions of homes in the USA. They produce high quality products at a competitive price. What you get is a good cost to value ratio for a weather proof roof.
The easy installation, along with lower costs, means great value for our customers. GAF roofing shingles have been tested rigorously with the end result being an innovative, quality product.
All of the Above
Whether you are building a new house or replacing the roof on an old home somewhere in Brisbane, when you consider all the features above, it would be silly to discount asphalt roofing shingles as an inferior alternative. The vast majority of people use terracotta and cement roof tiles, but you can dare to be different.
The fact is that you are not losing anything by changing from tiles to shingles. When you look at shingle-roofed homes, there is a distinct difference. A roof is not only there to keep the weather out of your home, the roof, because it takes up such an enormous area, can become a stand-out feature of your home.
That New Roof in Brisbane
It’s an exciting time if you are purchasing and having a new roof installed on your Brisbane home. Changing the colour and texture to give your roof a whole new look can be fun. Your old Brisbane home will look younger and more stylish with a new roof, especially if you change from tiles to asphalt roofing shingles.
A Change is as good as…
After the new roof comes a few landscaping changes to make everything integrate. What would a new coloured roof made from asphalt shingles look like in a Brisbane suburb? Well, apart from capturing the looks and comments from the neighbours, your home will look younger and more modern. Match the new roof colour to go with your home. For example, if your Brisbane home is landscaped in lots of green, then a red or green roof will contrast or coordinate. If you live in a Brisbane riverside suburb, such as Hamilton or Bulimba, and you have dark shutters to keep out that cool river breeze, then opt for a dark coloured asphalt shingle roof.
The Properties of Asphalt Shingle Roofing
Asphalt, by the way, is the most popular of shingle roofing. Why? Well, they are cost effective and easy to install. Because they are easy to install, it saves the homeowner additional installation costs and saves time on the job. The All American Roofing team can roof most homes with asphalt shingles in a short time and do it anywhere in the Brisbane metro or outer metro area, as far as The Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast.
Types of Asphalt Roof Shingles
There are two types of asphalt roof shingles – fibreglass and organic shingles.
Fibreglass Asphalt Shingles – these have a glass fibre reinforcing mat and the mat is coated with asphalt. The waterproofing comes from the asphalt, giving you a safe roof.
Organic Shingles – these are made from paper ceramic granules containing copper and tin as well as asphalt, of course. These shingles weigh more than the fibreglass, but that makes them better able to withstand high winds. Because of the tin and copper, moss cannot grow on organic asphalt shingles.
Where to Get the Best Advice
If you need advice on what’s best for your roof, depending on which Brisbane suburb you are in, then ask the professionals at ALL American Roofing. The area in which you live determines the most suitable type of shingle to install. Both types of shingles will look absolutely great, whether your house faces the Pacific Ocean in Manly or in the inner Brisbane areas of Spring Hill or West End. The colours and styles are many. If you are replacing an aging roof on an old Brisbane home, an asphalt shingle roof will add value. Warranties vary from 25 years to lifetime, so you know you can enjoy a safe roof for years to come. A long lasting asphalt shingle roof will keep your home looking beautiful for many years.