1. Asbestos is dangerous
Asbestos garage roofs were very popular in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Asbestos was a newly discovered material that was found to be insulating, strong, heat resistant and cheap. As well as garage roofs it was used in a whole host of other things such as flooring tiles, fire blankets, brake pads, artex, roof insulation. If it is in good condition and left alone asbestos isn’t dangerous. However if it is contained in a cement that is degrading or is disturbed by being cut or sanded, fibres can be released into the air. These fibres can then be inhaled and once in the lungs are known to cause serious and even fatal diseases to develop many years later.
2. Asbestos needs to be disposed of properly
Asbestos cannot be taken to your local landfill site. It must be disposed of in a site that has a specially permit for this purpose. All asbestos waste needs to be double wrapped or double bagged in plastic sheeting, with the correct hazard warning signs clearly attached. This includes any clothing or materials that have been used while asbestos removal has been in progress.
3. The correct standard of equipment and clothing is required
When handling asbestos, wearing the correct standard of face mask, overalls and gloves is vitally important because the wrong ones do not offer full protection. Face masks or respiratory protective equipment (RPE) ust meet the standards set by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Although cotton overalls can be worn they will need specialist laundering after each use. If disposable overalls are used they must be meet the standard set out in the HSE guidelines.
4. Clothing and equipment must be used and disposed of correctly
A compliant face mask (RPE) is totally useless if it is not worn correctly. It must be worn at all times completely in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. There are also rules outlining the correct way to wear overalls e.g. The hood must be up so at all times so that it covers the straps of the RPE (face mask) and the legs should never be worn tucked into footwear. All clothes and equipment must also be disposed of in the same way as asbestos roof sheets. They should be double bagged in plastic and labelled.
5. Removing fragile garage roof panels can cause them to split
Most people want their asbestos garage roof removed because it is old and starting to leak. It is when a roof is in this state that roof panels are likely to be fragile and can crack and split as they are being removed. Under these conditions asbestos cement can release fibres into the air and becomes hazardous. An expert will know best how to remove a roof in this kind of condition with minimal disruption to the asbestos.
Asbestos cement sheets were a very popular material to use for garages in the 1960’s and 70’s. Asbestos is a very versatile material. It is weatherproof, fire resistant and very tough. For these reasons alone, it was a popular building component. Only later did the dangers relating to asbestos fibres become apparent. Breathing is these fibres can be fatal and nowadays, asbestos is banned from being used in building materials.
However, there are still many garages around from the time when it was popular. If your garage was built a long time ago, it may well have been built using asbestos. If the garage roof needs replaced because it is leaking and not water-tight, then you may be concerned about the cost involved in removing an asbestos garage roof.
Why would it be more expensive to remove an asbestos garage roof compared to one without asbestos? The cost is increased because of the disposing of the asbestos. It needs to be taken to a special disposable centre which deals with asbestos and disposes of it safely. In the central belt of Scotland, this disposable site is found in Glasgow.
It costs about twice as much to dispose of asbestos compared to any other material and that is why the cost is increased in replacing garage roofs with asbestos. To make sure your asbestos garage roof is dealt with properly both for yourself and the environment, get an expert in.
Call me, Paul (Scottish Environmental and protection Agency registered) to deal with your asbestos garage roof quickly, cleanly and professionally. Tel: 07932637646
Discovering that you have an asbestos garage roof can come as a bit of a shock for some homeowners. We have all heard about asbestos and how harmful it is. Swift removal and replacement is recommended if you start to see deterioration in the garage roof.
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
If you need your garage roof replaced, call me for a no obligation quote: Tel: 07932637646
Paul Mclean has 14 years as an agent for LidgetCompton selling and building garages. Now offering a garage roof replacement service.