As well as EPDM rubber roofing, commercial flat roofing and green roofing the team of specialists here at Flat Roof Experts are also able to bring in an asbestos removal company to remove this dangerous substance before replacing it with a high-quality rubber roof. Asbestos might seem like a thing of the past, a hazardous waste from a bygone era, but you'd be wrong. To date, 5000 deaths a year from asbestos-related illnesses are recorded and if you have a property that was built or refurbished before the year 2000 then you could be working or living near a roof that contains asbestos fibres and asbestos dust. If you're based in Leeds, Bradford or the surrounding areas of Halifax, Keighley or Wakefield and require asbestos removal and replacement, be sure to get in touch with us here at Flat Roof Experts by phone on 01274 317 109 or online.

What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a group of microscopic fibres, called asbestos fibres. They were used in the construction of roofs, buildings and flooring across the UK for many, many years. Sprayed asbestos was used on ceilings and walls also. As of 2000 using asbestos in the construction of buildings is banned. Therefore, buildings built before then may contain harmful asbestos. 

If these fibres are accidentally disturbed or damaged, asbestos dust is thrown into the air. This can be breathed in and cause serious health risks and have damaging health effects to your staff or, if it is a domestic roof, to your family.

Left dormant, asbestos poses very little risk but knowing it is there is reason enough to get it removed by a licensed contractor before the team here at Flat Roof Experts replace it with a safe EPDM rubber roof. Rain, storms and other things like the use of power tools or demolition can aggravate asbestos and cause it to linger in the air. Asbestos-related diseases may take decades to appear before they cause serious harm, removal of it from your commercial or domestic roofing is essential to maintaining high health and safety standards. 

Asbestos Types

There are two main asbestos types that are found in the UK. Chrysolite, also known as white asbestos, is used in buildings, homes and roofs. The second type is brown asbestos called Amosite which is used in buildings as thermal insulation.

Crocidolite, blue asbestos, is not very common in the UK and is usually found in Southern Africa.

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

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