Are you looking for a company to carry out Asbestos roof removal and repairs? For many years in the past, Asbestos was a popular material used in the development of buildings for its strengthening properties. It was most commonly used for sprayed coatings on ceilings and walls, insulation and the fibres could be woven into other materials for added strength.
After research into the material it became clear that it is extremely unsafe for use. When the dust from the Asbestos fibres is inhaled, it can cause very serious damage to the lungs. The mineral can cause a deadly disease called Asbestosis which only develops around 10-50 years after the exposure to it. Asbestos was banned from the UK over 15 years ago but there are still buildings that contain it in need of removal for protection from the fibres.
At All Seasons Industrial Roofing we provide an Asbestos roof removal and repairs service which is carried out by our experienced professionals in the industry, so you can be sure that it is done safely.
So what exactly is Asbestos?
The term Asbestos refers to six naturally occurring fibrous minerals: Chrysotile, Crocidolite, Amosite, Anthophyllite, Tremolite, and Actinolite. However the most popular for use were Chrysotile and Amosite Asbestos. Chrysotile is magnesium silicate and appears as a white curly fibre, most products are made of this type of Asbestos. Amosite Asbestos appears brown or grey and is made of iron and magnesium. It is not possible to identify the type of Asbestos by the colour as its fibres are often mixed with other materials to add strength. Having a product tested is the only way to know for sure whether it contains Asbestos.
Why is it such a risk?
When Asbestos products are being installed or when they are deteriorating over time they give off dust particles. This is what can cause Asbestosis, a disease in the lungs, if it is inhaled. the Asbestos fibres do not decompose & remain permanently lodged in the lungs. However, the symptoms only develop 10-50 years after exposure. This was unknown when Asbestos was first being used and has subsequently caused many deaths over the recent years. Now when it is being removed, workers must ensure they are wearing the correct protection to keep them from the Asbestos particles.
How was Asbestos used in industrial roofing?
Asbestos has fantastic thermal qualities and is extremely fire retardant. This is why it was extensively used in roofing and insulation throughout the 20th century. Cement sheets are one of the most commonly used roofing products that the mineral is found in, the fibers provided strength without adding much weight which was beneficial for roofing.
Today, having a property that is built containing Asbestos can decrease the value significantly due to the health and safety risks. It is suggested that Asbestos roofing is best to be completely removed however there are some other services such as repairs and over-cladding that cover over the Asbestos making it safer. If the sheets are in particularly bad condition whereby the Asbestos fibres are exposed then it is likely that the best course of action would be to safely remove and dispose of the existing asbestos cement sheets and replace them with a safe and modern solution. In some cases where there is no damage to the cement sheets, then another option would be to simply ‘over clad’ the existing roof. With this option the Asbestos cement would be completely contained and therefore would pose no threat to anyone internally and externally.
Asbestos roof removal and repairs
Does your roofing contain exposed Asbestos? At All Seasons Industrial Roofing we can provide a range of services from removals to repairs. Contact us today: 020 8938 3498 (London)) 0121 337 0032 (Midlands)