Why I hate an Outdated Asbestos Garage Roof?
I don’t have a problem with asbestos roof sheets per se. But I think we all do when those roof sheets are way past their useful age and have started to crack. The roofs which have asbestos as a construction element are unsafe according to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive). The material may have been widely used before, but is banned now. The ban has been put in place for a reason.
Asbestos itself is not particularly harmful if it has been well maintained and doesn’t crack. But if the asbestos roof sheets start to deteriorate, cracking and splitting in certain places, the fibres within asbestos start to spread. Thus a long-term deterioration of the occupants’ health commences.
The grey corrugated material that was used in garage roofs can start causing health problems from day one. These effects include fibrotic lung disease, better known as asbestosis. Asbestos can travel to the lower regions of the lungs and alter the chest cavity lining known as pleura. A short-term exposure to this can result in death in the next 15 to 40 years. Long-term exposure to asbestos fibers causes other life threatening diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Every time you go into the garage with corrugated asbestos roof sheets that are way past their useful life, you increase this risk. Frequent, long-term and concentrated exposure to asbestos causes your body to react adversely by way of disorders. The enlargement of the heart can also happen as an indirect result of the restriction of blood.
Repairs and cleaning is hectic
When your asbestos roof sheets in the garage are outdated, you need to have a garage roof removal. You may end up damaging your health, and facing some resentment from your neighbours. No one wants to be exposed to asbestos, especially through no efforts of their own.
If your asbestos is outdated, it may need to be cleaned. Your roof may also have lichen or moss growth with is ghastly to look at. Not only that, it can cause your asbestos roof to deteriorate further. The cleaning up of this growth can be a long and arduous process that uses bleach, which needs to be diluted. If you’re not careful in soaking the asbestos in the diluted bleach solution, it may crack or chip, leaving dust and fibres to spread throughout the garage and outside. Even scraping off the solution after application leaves room for fibres to escape into the surroundings.
Painting over asbestos is not a viable option, let alone easy. The asbestos roofing sheet needs to be cleaned and primed up for a coat of painted to prevent it from flaking and spreading fibres. Using a bitumen based paint is hopelessly expensive and may only give a year or two of extended life.
The best thing to do with asbestos roof sheets is to opt for garage roof removal. Not only will it be cost-effective, but will dispose of the asbestos in a manner which involves minimum exposure.