Up until the end of World War II, most of the residents were of British ancestry. Immigration from Europe and Asia has changed the city’s demographics significantly. Sydney’s suburbs have grown exponentially and they extend from Newcastle in the north down to Wollongong in the south. Sydney is administered by 40 separate local governments.
Textile and chemical plants and petroleum refining are some of the major industries. Sydney is the starting point for most of the tourists coming to Australia and the industry generates about $6 billion annually in revenue.
There’s no doubting the Opera House is Sydney’s signature construction along with the Harbour Bridge. It was opened in 1973 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Some other notable landmarks in Sydney are St James Church and the Hyde Park Barracks. The Rocks is the oldest part of Sydney and is a major tourist attraction. Bondi Beach is one of the world’s most famous beaches. There are three universities in the city – the University of NSW, the University of Sydney, and Macquarie University.
The climate in Sydney is very temperate, fairly warm to hot in the summer, but not too cold in the winter unless you live in the Blue Mountains area where it can get cold enough to snow.
Cost of Living
Sydney has been rated as one of the most, if not THE most expensive, city in which to live in the world. Much like any major city, if you want to enjoy the entertainment and the fine dining, then it’s going to cost you. Housing is extremely expensive and buying a home anywhere close to the city will set you back a million or more, depending on location and size.
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 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 Sydney, 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 Sydney
It’s an exciting time if you are purchasing and having a new roof installed on your Sydney home. Changing the colour and texture to give your roof a whole new look can be fun. Your old Sydney 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 Sydney 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 Sydney home is landscaped in lots of green, then a red or green roof will contrast or coordinate. If you live in a Sydney harbour-front suburb, such as Potts Point or Glebe, 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 Sydney metro or outer metro area, as far as Newcastle north and Wollongong south.
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 Sydney 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 harbour in Mosman or in the inner Sydney areas of Balmain or Drummoyne. The colours and styles are many. If you are replacing an old roof on an old Sydney 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.