Asbestos is still found in a large number of Australian homes and businesses and was once one of the most commonly used material on any Australian building site. Although asbestos can cause a myriad of health issues, it is still present in buildings today because in its final form, and when it is stable after being treated properly, it is fine to be around, as long as the proper precautions are taken before any renovation works begin; this include the roof.
So, what do you do if your home has asbestos in it? The first thing is not to panic, it sounds like a catastrophe, but with the right contractor, you can have peace of mind knowing your home is safe, for you and your family. Not every piece of asbestos needs to be removed straightaway. It is best to have a local assessor come and identify the problem areas of the home and provide advice on your next best step.
When it comes to your roof, you can never be too careful and if your assessor recommends replacing the roof, who better to trust than your local COLORBOND® experts – Horizonline. Read on for the benefits of replacing a roof with asbestos containing materials.
What’s wrong with Asbestos?
Asbestos is a building material often used in walls or ceilings, made of minerals; namely silicate. It has a lot of great properties, it is malleable and able to be used in a range of applications, including as insulation against machines. Asbestos is even resistant to water, chemical corrosion, fire and heat.
Unfortunately, the downfall of asbestos was the devastating medical conditions the fine particles cause when cut, drilled into or scraped; all things you imagine happen on a building site. Causing all kinds of complicated medical issues, including, Mesothelioma, lung cancer and many other lung related diseases and disorders.
Is there Asbestos in your Roof?
Thousands of buildings, including homes, across the country still contain asbestos, because while its stable, its non-toxic. First look to when your home was built. Asbestos was at the height of its popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Odds are if the home hasn’t been renovated or the roof inspected in the last 10-15 years, there may be asbestos in your roof. If that is the case, it’s time to consider replacing your roof, and any other part of the home that contains this silent killer.
Asbestos removal and replacing your roof
Asbestos looks just like any other building material in your home, which can make it difficult to not only identify but remove as well. You will need a contractor to come out to your property and run tests on suspected hot spots. Once you have the results of those tests, it’s time to consider that new roof. Replacing an asbestos roof is not easy, nor cheap, but for the health of your family is priceless.
If you need an expert to take a look at your roof, contact us today for a regular roof check-up. Avoid costly mistakes and discover how Horizonline Roofing Adelaide can help you and your home by getting in touch today. Call to speak to one of our friendly team on (08) 8380 5796, or you can fill in our contact form and we will be in touch shortly.