If you have recently moved into a new house and have found that your garage is in need of repair or is downright dangerous due to visible asbestos fibres, you might consider a new garage. A new garage is not such a big job for a builder and if there is already a garage on the property, then planning permission will probably not be required as long as it falls under the following Scottish Government Rules on garage planning:
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.
There are a number of different reasons why it is a good idea to replace your garage roof. The signs that your garage roof is in need of repair are very easy to identify as damage is often visible and wide spread. If you see the following issues with your own garage roof then it is highly advised that an inspection is carried out to determine which areas of the garage require attention.
One of the biggest reasons to replace your garage roof is age. If you have never had it replaced before then you may not have a clue about the age of the garage. The most common indicators can include roof sheets falling apart through wear and tear or extensive rust damage. Another indicator is if the nails of the garage roof are affected. If nails begin to loosen over time, moisture can build up and cause damage to the timber structure of the garage building. An old garage roof can be extremely dangerous. Any weight that is put on to a fragile area (i.e. somebody walking across the roof) could result in injury, so it is best to call an expert to inspect your roof.
Another reason that your garage roof needs replacing is by listening for noise. During windy days (and there’s sometimes lots of these in Scotland) if the sheets on the roof make a loud banging sound or flap in the air, then this indicates that the nails are lifting. If the problem is not sorted then as more windy days occur you will risk damaging your roofing structure in the long term.
Water damage through leaks is another indicator that your garage roof needs attention. Rain is endemic in Scotland as we all know. Water damage is easy to spot and hard to miss when you see water running down the side of your interior garage wall. Maybe you never noticed a leak until a splash of water decided to cosy itself in your hair when it plummeted from above.
One of the most serious consequences of a leaking roof is the build-up of mould and mildew, which can spread through the structure of the garage and travel through vents or target carpets, furniture and clothing. Mould is a very serious problem and, in some instances, can lead to a number of health issues such as, nasal congestion, inflammations and asthma. A leaky roof could also be a fire hazard especially if your garage is full of electrical equipment, thus it is recommended that electricity to the area is turned off if you suspect a leaky roof.
Many garages that were built in in the 1960s and the 1970s were made of asbestos cement sheets. If you have a garage that was built during the period between the 60s and 70s it is may be possible that your garage roof was built with asbestos. It was a very popular material as it was strong and very weather proof, but it was later discovered that inhaling asbestos fibres could be fatal and cause serious diseases. Thankfully, asbestos is now banned from being used in building materials. If you want an asbestos garage roof to be replaced then it is recommended that an expert is called in to safely deal with the matter.
If you identify anything of the above with your own garage roof then do not hesitate to contact us. We can inspect, repair and replace your garage roof if any of the issues are affecting you.
For some people a garage is just somewhere to store your car, garden equipment and stuff that doesn’t fit in your house. This is a real shame because with a bit of love and attention a garage can be so much more. If your garage is in good condition with a secure, watertight garage roof then it can easily be made to work a bit harder for you this summer.
Get ready for the beach
Creating a gym in your garage is the perfect way to save money on expensive gym memberships as well as the time spent travelling there and back. It doesn’t have to cost the earth, a few basic pieces of equipment - exercise bike, free weights, treadmill or rowing machine - and you are good to go. You can always add to your equipment later, as you learn what type of exercise works best for you. This is what one of our clients did to their garage (see photo below).
Keep the drinks cool
Hopefully we will have some good weather this summer and plenty of opportunities to invite friends and family over for a barbeque or two. However, running out of space in the fridge for cold drinks is a common problem. Why not buy a spare fridge and keep it in the garage. You will be able to use it all year round, particularly during Christmas and New Year where there is never enough space for the mountain of food and drink that we need over the festive period.
After all the recent stormy weather it may worth taking the time to go outside and inspect your garage roof. If it is looking damp and mossy or has cracked panels and is starting to leak it may be time to think about replacing it. Garage Roof Scotland is an established, experienced garage roofing company. We only ever use top quality materials, supplied by Compton. This ensures that every job is completed to the very highest standard.
With a new garage roof we always advise replacing like for like. Beware of roofing companies who suggest using the cheaper option of roofing felt as a replacement on this type of garage. The roof structure of your garage may not have the purlins and trusses to provide adequate support for the necessary plywood lining.
Non-asbestos fibre cement sheets are best
The only other alternative for this type of garage roof is a box profile insulated steel roof but this is a very costly option. It is not one we would recommend.
Years of trouble-free garage roofing
We are of course happy to give all our work at Garage Roof Scotland a 10 Year Guarantee. But we would be disappointed if you didn’t get at least 15 worry free years from your new garage roof!
Get in touch now on 07932637646 for a no-obligation quote.
6 Garage Gifts
- Does the lock still work and if so could a burglar easily break it and get in?
- If you have a window in your garage could it be a possible entry point for a burglar.
- Do you live in an area that has had lots of bike thefts recently? It may be time to consider installing an alarm system.
Interior & Exterior Lighting for Garages
Installing lights both inside and outside your garage is a sensible idea. If you need to run out to the garage to get something during the Scottish winter you will need an interior light or a torch to see inside your garage even during parts of the day. Having an indoor light with a switch near the door is so much safer and useful.
Exterior lights on a sensor can be useful for seeing the lock and possibly for illuminating your walk to your house. However, the police do recommend them for security purposes as thieves do not like to be seen, so are likely to move onto another premises if your garage is lit up as soon as they walk up the drive.
For many people they can barely get into their garages without tripping over bikes and scooters and gardening tools. Garage storage ranges from amazing DIY ideas to companies that will come out and refurbish your garage with storage units and hanging rails.
We have created a Pinterest board that may inspire you to get some storage for your garage.
If Santa is likely to bring new bikes this Christmas, then be prepared and buy some security devices to keep them safe too.
Weatherproof your Garage
By Paul Mclean
Position of Solar Panels
The ideal place for solar panels in cities like Edinburgh or Glasgow is on a south facing roof with a clear view and a tilt of approximately 45 degrees. However, if you don’t have a suitable south facing roof, there are other options available. Farmers with large areas of land often mount them on the ground. Even if you have a flat roof, mounts can be built to give the panels the optimum tilt.
If you live in one of Scotland’s cities you won’t have suitable land and you may find that your house roof is either unsuitable due to it facing the wrong way, having windows installed in the roof, or it being shadowed by other buildings or trees. But don’t give up!
Solar Panels on a Garage Roof in Edinburgh
Paul Mclean has 14 years as an agent for LidgetCompton selling and building garages. Now offering a garage roof replacement service.