The city has an eclectic mix of nationalities. In fact, Melbourne has the largest Greek population outside of Athens. There are many nationalities in the city in addition to Greeks, such as Italian, Macedonian, American, Germans and over the past 45 years, the Asian population has grown exponentially. Melbourne boasts a huge Vietnamese community and has a very large and colourful Chinatown as well. The city has one of the most diverse and multicultural populations in Australia.
As the population grows, so does the economy, and international businesses are attracted to the city to set up headquarters. Melbourne has one of the busiest seaports in the country and is considered the leading financial center of Australia as well as figuring highly in SE Asia. Visitors brought in $4.4 billion in 2017, so people must like the place!
Real Estate in Melbourne
The median house price in Melbourne is around $720,000 and apartments at $585,000, and as demand continues to outstrip supply, that situation is not about to end soon. There are huge housing developments and projects planned and already active to help decentralise from the city. Housing estates in the Western corridor, in particular, are offering much cheaper houses and the government is supporting these new communities with large-scale infrastructure work.
Melbourne Cost of Living
Like any big city, it costs more to live in Melbourne than in a country town. Living costs increase annually as do housing costs. If you want to partake in the very active nightlife in Melbourne with entertainment, live shows, nightclubs, sporting events and eating out at any of the thousands of restaurants, you need to be earning a reasonable salary.
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 weatherproof 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 Melbourne, 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 Melbourne
It’s an exciting time if you are purchasing and having a new roof installed on your Melbourne home. Changing the colour and texture to give your roof a whole new look can be fun. Your old Melbourne 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 Melbourne 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 Melbourne home is landscaped in lots of green, then a red or green roof will contrast or coordinate. If you live in a Melbourne seaside town, such as Brighton or Seaford, and you have dark shutters to keep out that winter sea 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 Melbourne metro or outer metro area.
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 Melbourne 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 is on the Mornington Peninsula or in the inner Melbourne areas of Carlton or Fitzroy. The colours and styles are many. If you are replacing an old roof on an old Melbourne 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.