Removing an asbestos garage roof is a little more complicated than removing a regular garage roof and should be done by a specialist who has experience in this field. Look for a contractor who is SEPA licensed (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) as that way you know that you have someone who knows what they are doing. Ensuring that the asbestos is taken cleanly away and disposed of properly is just as important as the safe removal of your garage roof.
Asbestos was popular to use in building insulation and roofing because of its properties: sound absorption, strength, fire and heat resistance and because it was cheap. It was phased out in the 1970s and 1980’s and is no longer used– mainly due to the health damage to human beings. It is difficult to tell whether your garage roof has asbestos as a component. An expert will need to examine it to be sure. But a lot of post war buildings were built using it, so if your garage is an older installation, it is quite likely to contain asbestos. The damage it does to human beings is obvious if you look at the statistics following the collapse of the World Trade Buildings in New York. An unusually high death rate from cancer has been observed by the emergency services personnel. This is thought to be the result of inhalation of asbestos fibres from the dust of the Twin Towers collapse. If in doubt, call an expert in.
By Paul Mclean
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