If your old residential roof has asbestos-containing materials, you might need to plan for replacement. In general, the asbestos in roofs is not dangerous if the material is not disturbed. Unfortunately, this harmful mineral might not remain stable forever. Aging and external interference can cause the particles of the asbestos to come loose and cause contamination. Therefore, if you have this type of roof, replacement is your best option for long-term protection. Here are some simple tips to help you plan for asbestos roof replacement.
Conduct an Inspection
An asbestos inspection is essential for your roof replacement project. This process will help in confirming the presence of the hazardous material in your house and identifying the locations. If you are aware of the placement of the asbestos, the removal process will be more efficient and safer. The inspection will also help you determine if immediate replacement is crucial. If the asbestos is stable, you can delay the project for a period, especially if you do not have sufficient funds for roof purchase and installation.
Choose Your Roofer
If the presence of asbestos is confirmed, you will need an experienced roofer for the roof replacement work. Professional help is indispensable in this type of project. If you attempt to remove the asbestos roof personally, you will endanger yourself unnecessarily. You could sustain harm from inhaling asbestos or get injured while working on the roof. Moreover, if you are careless, you could cause environmental contamination due to the release of asbestos fibres. Therefore, choose a contractor with skills and history in asbestos roof replacement for efficiency and safety.
Protect the Property
You will need to protect your property from long-term asbestos contamination before the roof replacement project. The asbestos residues from the removal work will compromise your property if they are allowed to remain for the long-term. You should discuss the appropriate measures with your roofer, depending on your property's specifics. Under ideal circumstances, you should cover the walls and the sidings with tarpaulins or plywood. You might also want to consider covering the lower areas, including plants and other structures which might be affected.
Prepare for Disposal
Finally, you should prepare for the removal and disposal of the asbestos roof waste. Do not wait until your residential space is covered in waste before thinking about removal. Under ideal circumstances, the hazardous materials should be handled by an experienced waste management company. You can consult your roofing contractor for help in engaging a qualified business. When preparing the waste for disposal, seal and label the asbestos material.Share
28 March 2019
Hey! Welcome to my blog. My name is Walter and I live in Alice Springs, Australia. Last year, I woke up in a state of shock. The roof of my home had collapsed. I walked out into what use to be my living room only to discover a complete disaster zone. There were bits of slate and wood everywhere. Thankfully, no one in my family was injured. I called in a local roofing company and I worked with them to replace the roof. I learnt a lot about roofing during that week so I decided to start a new blog.