Advantages of Removing Roof Asbestos
We promise a structured approach to removal. We’ll firstly inspect and analyse your garage roof. We’ll also provide you with a fixed cost for abstraction and the replacement EPDM rubber roof, which has a 20-year guarantee. We’ll then commence Asbestos removal, which involves spraying PVA water on the contaminated area and enclosing the hazardous materials in polythene sheeting. The garage and surrounding area are then decontaminated with a Category H vacuum and you’ll receive a consignment note as proof. We’ll ensure the safe disposal of your garage roof too.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used as a building material in the 20th century due to it being cheap, durable, incombustible, heat-resistant and sound-absorbent. The use of asbestos peaked in the 1970s and 1980s and was used extensively in roofing and insulation in both residential and industrial buildings. Cement sheets were one of the most commonly-used roofing products containing asbestos, particularly for garage roofs. However, due to conclusive research into its deadly health risks, the use of asbestos has since been banned in the UK. That doesn’t mean there aren’t still buildings out there with asbestos roofing, though.
Despite it once being commonplace in the construction industry, asbestos poses a serious threat to our health. When a product containing asbestos is disturbed or damaged, it releases tiny but deadly asbestos fibres into the air. When inhaled, these fibres remain permanently lodged in the lungs, causing soreness, inflammation and infection. Left untreated, asbestos inhalation can lead to a range of dangerous illnesses including lung cancer pleural thickening and mesothelioma.
The statistics around asbestos-related deaths are alarming. Asbestos is responsible for killing around 5,000 people every year while 20 tradesmen die each week due to past exposure. It can take between 20 and 50 years for the effects of asbestos inhalation to take hold, making it a silent killer. Unfortunately, if you’re a smoker who’s come into contact with asbestos, you’re at a significantly higher risk of contracting lung cancer.
If your roof happens to contain asbestos, removing it protects you, your family and your neighbours from the dangerous diseases associated with the material. It also prevents asbestos from spreading throughout your home — it’s been known to seep into roofing felt, gutters and vinyl floor tiles, amongst other places. Asbestos was banned outright in the UK in 1999. However, many buildings that were constructed before the year 2000 still contain asbestos and pose a health risk if they’re damaged or disturbed.
Asbestos is extremely dangerous and hazardous to health. The use of asbestos has been banned in all building structures in Britain, and in 60 other countries across the world since the year 1999. Still to this day, it is believed that approximately five thousand workers die as a result of previous exposure to asbestos – exposure as far back as the 70s and 80s.
Exposure to airborne particles from asbestos can cause a number of life-threatening diseases. It can cause mesothelioma, which is a cancer of the lining of the lungs and stomach. It may also cause scarring of the lungs known as asbestosis, lung cancer and widespread pleural thickening.
If you own a commercial property you have a legal obligation to remove any asbestos roofing that is present. A professional asbestos removal service will collect and transport the asbestos to a licensed asbestos disposal facility, where it will be disposed of safely and in line with environment agency regulations.
You can then replace the asbestos with a much safer, cost-effective and protective solution, like EPDM rubber roofing. This is a synthetic rubber created from oil, natural gas ethylene propylene and diene. The latter is a hydrocarbon that contains two double carbon bonds. The material is non-toxic and completely safe to all lifeforms.
Any property built before 1999 may contain some traces of asbestos, especially if they are still standing and have not been properly renovated for some time. Before we properly understood the associated risks and dangers of asbestos, the material was widely used in construction due to its availability, cheapness and versatility.
Asbestos cement is a mixture of mainly white asbestos and cement. The material is moulded and flattened to create a variety of asbestos cement products, which can be used as roofing materials. This is more commonly used in commercial properties rather than residential ones, as the material can also be used for cladding, flues, downpipes and gutters.
When it comes to residential properties, asbestos is commonly found on the roofs of smaller outdoor buildings, like sheds and garages. Asbestos garage removal is just as important as removing the material from your main abode or commercial property. Sometimes, the material can be found within the structure of your property rather than just on the roof. You may also find it in your floorboards, wall coatings and attic space too.
If you are unsure whether or not asbestos is present on your property you should seek professional help and advice. The removal of asbestos roof sheets should only be conducted by a trained and experienced professional, do not attempt to investigate or remove the material yourself.
Once the asbestos has been removed, you can then look at replacing it with a safer, more protective material. EPDM rubber roofing does not pose any harm or threat to your health, and it provides a cost-effective solution for your roof with very little maintenance required.