3 Instances When Asbestos Roof Replacement Becomes Necessary And What To Expect

The total ban on the use of asbestos throughout Australia remains. However, because asbestos was popularly used in different building materials, there are still many buildings across the country that have asbestos roofing. At one point or another, it may become necessary to replace these roofs.

Prompt action becomes imperative as far as asbestos roof replacement is concerned in several situations, as highlighted below.

1. A Very Old Roof

While asbestos is inherently very strong and designed to weather the elements, exposure to these elements over a long time will lead to weathering. It's a natural process and there isn't much that you can do about it.

As the roofing material gradually deteriorates, it may become friable. At this point, you should give serious consideration to asbestos roof replacement. However, if the roofing material is still intact and in good bonded condition, there is no real harm in not replacing the roof.

2. Severe Storm Damage

Roof damage after very extreme weather storms is quite common. Be it damage by hail or falling tree branches and other debris, your roof's integrity may suffer greatly post-storm. Where the damage is very extensive, repair may not be your best option, and you can instead choose to go for asbestos roof replacement.

3. Accidental Asbestos Disturbance

You may end up disturbing the asbestos by accident when working on or around your roof. Such accidents are commonplace when you are cleaning around the roof area. You may also accidentally disturb the roofing when working on DIY projects in the attic, especially if you are working with power tools.

What To Expect

If you suspect that the asbestos on your roofing has become friable as a result of old age, storm damage or your DIY activities, you should get in touch with an expert roofer. The roofer will inspect your roof and assess the extent of the damage, if any.

Based on these findings, the roofer may recommend an asbestos roof replacement. In this case, the roofer will undertake carefully removing your existing roof and ensuring that they dispose of it as per the set regulations.

You have several materials to choose from for your new roof including metal, asphalt shingles, clay and concrete tiles and slate. When making your choice, you will want to consider the lifespan of the material. This will ensure that you won't have to worry about another roof replacement in the near future.