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Asbestos Fibro Roof Conversions


What is asbestos and how was it used?

One of the most commonly used building products in Australia from the 1940s until the late 80s was 'fibro', a bonded product containing around 15% asbestos. Fibro was widely used as wall and ceiling sheeting in houses, workplaces and government buildings because of its strength and resistance to chemicals and heat. In addition to fibro sheeting, asbestos was also used in roofing ('Super Six' sheeting).

Fibro is a bonded product and therefore does not present any concerns when left undisturbed. However, home renovators are advised to seek the assistance of experienced tradespeople such as Residential Roofing Solutions when seeking to remove or repair this product.

The asbestos-based roof sheeting product - because it is exposed to the elements - will suffer weathering and has a limited life.

Does you home or workplace have an Asbestos Roof? If so, do you want peace of mind from your asbestos liability? Home owners of premises containing asbestos, have a "duty of care" to their occupants to take measures to remove asbestos or minimise the risk of exposure. Since there is no cure for the disease caused by asbestos, there is no such thing as a safe level of exposure to its deadly fibres.

Dangers of Asbestos

Asbestos is an extremely hazardous material that poses risk to health by inhalation when the fibres become airborne and are subsequently inhaled. Asbestos is made up of very fine fibres, but the most dangerous are those naked to the eye, yet penetrate the deepest areas of the lungs.

Exposure to asbestos fibres is known to cause Mesothelioma - a deadly disease caused by inhaling the particles of dust as the asbestos degrades; eating away at the lining of the lungs and developing into a deadly cancer. It is known to cause diseases such as asbestosis and lung cancer.

Things to keep your eye on

Hail damage to your roof can be as bad as waterblasting. Call a licensed asbestos removal contractor such as Residential Roofing Solutions immediately if the hail was heavy.

Watch for weathering. Surface weathering can lead to the release of asbestos fibres from roofs. Weathered asbestos products can release fibres when disturbed, such as in the removal of an asbestos roof or gutters.

Fire damage. Fire damaged property containing asbestos product could result in loose asbestos fibres due to intense heat. A licensed asbestos contractor must be used for cleaning up.

Keep guttering (and downpipes) in good repair.

As asbestos fibres collect in gutters after heavy rain, guttering and downpipes should be in good repair on buildings with asbestos roofing. Downpipes should not run into garden beds or water tanks!

Benefits Of Removal Of Your Asbestos Roof

The resale value of your property will increase substantially once asbestos removal has taken place, with other benefits including:

  • Prevention of any asbestos related illness
  • Tank rainwater unable to be contaminated
  • No airborne fibres left within the property
  • Removal of weight and stress from roof timbers (asbestos weighs up to ten times as much as a metal roof)

Why Trust Us With Your Asbestos Removal?

  • We remove asbestos roofing week in, week out, sometimes up to two roofs per week.
  • We specialise in asbestos re-roofing jobs.
  • We're responsive to your concerns.
  • We're licensed and insured for your peace of mind.
  • We are certified in occupational health and safety.

Stage 1. Asbestos Removal & Disposal

If you have any Asbestos roof , Residential Roofing Solutions can Easily and Safely remove and dispose of it.

The Residential Roofing Solutions safe Asbestos removal procedure, in compliance with the Asbestos Removal Code:

  • All tradesmen hold “B Class” Asbestos removal licenses and are qualified to remove asbestos safely
  • All asbestos, including roofing, guttering & vent pipes are removed as per Workplace Health and Safety requirements
  • Asbestos sheets are removed avoiding breakage and dust generation
  • Removed Fibro sheets are either lowered by hand to the ground or by use of a mechanical lift to prevent breakage
  • Industrial rated vacuum cleaners designed for asbestos removal are used to clean ceilings and walls following removal
  • As an additional precaution a PVA solution is sprayed on surfaces to encapsulate any remaining asbestos fibres on the ceiling, walls and/or structures
  • Once removed Asbestos sheeting is then placed within a plastic sheet lined skip bin for prompt removal
  • Transport of wrapped packs and/or skip bins is undertaken by Licensed Asbestos transporters
  • Following removal all rubbish is removed and the site is left clean

Stage 2. Zincalume or Colorbond Roofing Installaltion

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