Asbestos Roof Replacement – What Should You Know?


Asbestos may be a banned substance in the construction industry, but this does not mean you are not at risk of exposure to this material. If your property was built several decades ago, there is a high likelihood that your house may contain this material. And in typical cases, asbestos is primarily found in the roof. The first thing to do, if you are concerned about exposure to asbestos, is to have an investigation carried out. If the results are positive for asbestos, it is imperative to consider asbestos roof replacement, even if your roofing is in excellent condition. So what should you know about the asbestos roof replacement process?

Prepare your home for the roof removal process 

Once you have set a date for the asbestos removal, you then have to prepare the interior of your home. Asbestos has a high affinity for fabrics, and once it comes into contact with upholstery, clothing and so on, its fibres become embedded on these fabrics. The first thing that you need to do is to take out all fabric belongings from the house. In addition to clothes and linens, you should also remove any cushions, carpets and so on.

The second thing you should do is have your neighbours notified about the asbestos removal process. While the roofing specialists will take measures to ensure the asbestos does not disperse into the environment, it is still best to inform your immediate neighbours of the removal process. Lastly, check with your local council to determine if there are any permits you need to acquire beforehand so that you are not fined down the road.

Removal of the asbestos

The asbestos removal process is quite straightforward. Once all the necessary safety measures are in place, your roofers will begin by eliminating the roofing materials, which could be tiling, shingles, sheeting and so on. These components have to be meticulously removed so that they do not break during the process, which can spread the asbestos fibres into the atmosphere.

After the roofing supplies are removed, the roofers will inspect the supplementary accessories, such as gutters and roof insulation, for signs of contamination and eliminate them too. After all the contaminated roofing materials are extracted, the structure is decontaminated. Decontamination is followed by inspection so that you can acquire a clearance certificate before the roof is replaced.

Can anyone carry out asbestos removal?

Irrespective of how capable you are with DIY residential projects, it is never in your purview to undertake this project on your own. Roofing specialists should exclusively carry out all asbestos removal work and the subsequent replacement of the roof, as they have both the training as well as state-of-the-art technology for the safest and most precise execution. 


28 October 2018

Ryan's New Roofing Blog

Hello, my name is Ryan and this is my blog. I don't work in the roofing industry but I recently had to spend a week on the roof of my home trying to fix it up. I am pretty good at DIY, but in the end, I had to call in a roofing contractor to help me out. I decided to replace the entire roof and that wasn't a job I was going to take on my own. I have learnt a lot during the past few weeks and I hope to use this blog to pass on some of my knowledge.