Asbestos is a hazardous material that can be found in many homes, and buildings constructed before 2000. It’s commonplace for it to be found within outbuildings, specifically within garage roofs. Unfortunately, asbestos can cause serious health problems when inhaled, so it’s important to know how to spot if you have asbestos in your garage roof and take the necessary steps for removal if needed.
Why Is Asbestos Common In Garage Roofs?
Asbestos was commonly used as a building material in the 1960s to 1990’s due to it’s insulative and fire-resistant properties; this means that any building or home built during this period has a high chance of containing asbestos materials. Common locations for it to be found are corrugated sheeting on roofs or rainwater goods and pipes. This makes garages with an old enough construction particularly vulnerable—if you suspect there might have been renovations done prior to 1999, chances are they used asbestos materials during those works too.
How To Spot Asbestos In Your Garage Roof?
The best way to determine whether you have an issue with asbestos is through having any suspect materials assessed by professional surveyors such as us. We can assess the condition of the materials and take samples for lab analysis, which is the only way to know for sure if asbestos is present.
We never recommend doing anything that may disturb asbestos materials yourself, however some DIY tips for finding potential signs include looking out for corrugated cement sheeting, flat cement sheeting often used as wall panelling or ceiling boards or crumbling surfaces which may be delaminating or becoming brittle with age.
The Dangers Of Asbestos And How To Get Rid Of It Safely?
Inhaling large quantities of asbestos fibres over long periods will increase your risk of developing serious illnesses including lung cancer, mesothelioma or asbestosis – symptoms include shortness breath/wheezing & chest pain.
If identified correctly however, the removal process should involve professional contractors who use controlled removal methods and fibre suppression techniques to ensure asbestos materials are removed safely without risk to others.
In conclusion, if you suspect your house or garage may have some asbestos containing materials present, or even if you’re just looking for peace of mind, we highly recommend reaching out to get a professional opinion and if necessary, an asbestos survey carried out. Our team will be able to identify asbestos and help remove it from your property safely.
For more information regarding asbestos, the risks, and the solutions available, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today at 01623 473214 or message us via our contact form, and our team will be happy to help you in any way we can, with free, no obligation estimates available.