What Does It Look Like?
Owing to the fact that asbestos materials were used in a variety of products, and in a number of different industrial applications, what it looks like is hard to define. Asbestos flooring and boards can contain up to 25% of the fibres and will be light or dark grey in colour, However, these asbestos types can be painted over so to the naked eye, the bundles of fibres would look perfectly safe.
As thermal insulation, this risk of exposure is high but again, it looks different. The colours to look for are white, brown, grey, and pink. As its thermal insulation, it will look almost fluffy in texture. Finally, asbestos cement sheets is another asbestos type that is common in the UK. These are used on cladding and will be a light & dark grey colour.
Why Asbestos Is Dangerous?
Airborne asbestos can be very dangerous because it is microscopic, cannot be seen by the naked eye and can sit in your lungs for years before causing high-level health issues. Asbestos regulations were non-existent before 2000, this meant it was used in a range of different buildings. This widespread usage means it can affect anyone, from employees to family members without them knowing they have been exposed to it.
How To Identify Asbestos
Unfortunately, asbestos can be hard to identify because it was mixed in amongst other building materials. If you suspect there is asbestos in your floor tiles, garage roofs or insulating boards you must safely send a sample of the material to a certified asbestos testing lab.
You’ll then have a good idea of the danger posed by the material. If asbestos is discovered that is the time to get in touch with us at Flat Roof Experts, we’ll ensure a high-quality contractor comes in to remove the asbestos before we install an EPDM rubber roof.
How Widespread Is Asbestos?
The short answer is very widespread. A huge amount of construction happened across England and Wales before 2000 and because asbestos products like asbestos insulation, cement bonded asbestos and asbestos coating, were all incredibly cheap, they became a favourite among construction companies who would use it to build rows of houses and countless office buildings. Unless you know you live and work in buildings that were built after asbestos was banned in 2000 then you could be around asbestos waste material.
The Benefits Of Asbestos Removal
Our team of experts will get in touch with a trusted asbestos removal company who will come into your commercial or domestic property, remove asbestos and ensure that asbestos waste material is removed and disposed of safely. The contractors we bring in take care to remove the asbestos and leave no trace of it. From ceiling panels to garage roofs they have the tools, knowledge and experience to carefully remove asbestos.
Upon completion, you can relax knowing this hazardous dust has been removed and our team has replaced it with a state-of-the-art roof that poses absolutely no threat to your employees or family.
You could remove the asbestos yourself but the risks are just too great and the investment in the proper protective clothing and other equipment too high.
Interested In Removing Asbestos And Replacing It With A EPDM Rubber Roof? Get In Touch With Yorkshire-based Flat Roof Experts
We hope this blog has helped illuminate some of the issues around asbestos and encouraged you to look into your commercial or domestic property to examine whether asbestos is present. Our 20 years of experience working in the Leeds and Bradford area has allowed us to develop great relationships with high-quality asbestos removal experts. This makes us confident that we can help you.
If it is and you’re based in Leeds, Bradford or the surrounding areas of Ilkley, Castleford or Wetherby and are looking for asbestos removal from your roofs, be sure to get in touch with us today by phone on 01274 317 109 or online.