Asbestos in Your Roof? Spot the Signs
Synopsis: Asbestos is no longer used as a building material. However, it was incredibly common for many decades. Older homes are likely to contain this substance. The age of your home is the best indicator of whether asbestos is present. Other than these signs, you need to allow a professional to inspect, detect, and treat asbestos in your property.
Asbestos is a harmful substance that was regularly used for various building materials until the health dangers were discovered. Detecting asbestos is not easy. However, there are a few signs that may indicate the presence of asbestos.
The Age of Your Home May Be a Sign of Asbestos
The use of most forms of asbestos was banned in the UK in 1985. Homes built before this time are likely to contain asbestos products. These homes may have asbestos in the roofing, insulation, and other areas of the property.
Corrugated Asbestos-Cement Roofing Shingles
Most asbestos products are difficult to detect unless you know exactly what you are looking for. One of the few exceptions is the use of corrugated asbestos cement roofing shingles.
These shingles have a distinct look, with the corrugated design and rough texture. However, for your roof to contain asbestos cement shingles, your roof would need to have been built before the 1980s.
Additional Ways to Detect Asbestos in Your Home
Other than corrugated cement shingles, it may be difficult to determine if asbestos cement was used in the construction of the roof panels, gutters, downspouts, and the roof itself.
Along with being difficult to detect, homeowners are typically advised to avoid performing their own visual inspection. The preferred option is to hire a professional to inspect your home and test for the presence of asbestos.
How Should You Deal with Asbestos in Your Roof?
If you do find asbestos, extreme caution should be used to deal with the problem. Disturbing the material may release asbestos particles into the air, increasing the risk of exposure.
The best solution is to use asbestos roof encapsulation sealing products to create a protective barrier over the asbestos. When left untouched, the asbestos will not pose a health risk. Encapsulating the material keeps it from being disturbed and provides a quick, cost-effective way to protect your home.
While asbestos is no longer in use, it was a common substance in various building materials for many decades. The age of your home is the most obvious indicator that it may have asbestos.
If you are concerned about the presence of asbestos, a qualified technician can inspect your property and provide an effective solution if any asbestos is found.