Asbestos Roof Sheets & Slates – Are They Dangerous?

Asbestos Roof Sheets & Slates – Are They Dangerous?

Asbestos was used extensively in roofing products including cement based sheets and shingles that contain asbestos. They usually contained around 15% asbestos content.

Asbestos which was once dubbed as a “wonder material” had excellent fire retardant properties and strength. Older homes built with asbestos roofs were described as being able to withstand the elements much longer than the others.

Asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999 due to the severe health problems caused by the microscopic fibre inhalation.

Asbestos Slates

When asbestos slate or sheets begin to deteriorate they can become dangerous as the asbestos fibres will be released. Asbestos can enter gutters, downspouts and can even end up in water butts. Old and damaged tiles should ideally be removed.

A reputable asbestos removal contractor can help you or you can contact your local council to see if you are permitted to have them removed without a licensed contractor. We always recommend a licensed removal specialist. If you are not sure it is asbestos you are dealing with we can help.

Do I Need An Asbestos Survey?

If you suspect that you may have asbestos roofing we can survey the property and take samples if reqired. All samples are sent directly to a Northern Ireland UKAS accredited lab. We will provide you with a report on our findings and it will detail any recommendations required.

Our team of professional asbestos surveyors can help you get an asbestos register in place so that asbestos related issues are avoided.