If you live or work in a structure built before 2000, asbestos may be present. However, great care has been taken to ensure that these dangers are kept to a minimum. A legal requirement is that an asbestos risk register be present in non-residential properties (shops, offices, etc.) that provides explicit information about how much asbestos is present in your building and how it will be managed.
This should be checked and updated every six to twelve months and is the responsibility of the building’s owner or manager. There are a few essential characteristics of our homes that we should all be aware of.
How to Recognize Asbestos Roof Tiles
Tiles made with asbestos and regular tiles can sometimes be hard to distinguish, but their patterns and colors give some indication. As we have already established, asbestos use was outlawed after 2000, so any asbestos tiles still in use will probably be a faded red. Slate roofs made of asbestos cement tend to fade over time from a black to a gray or blue color. They were often put out in a diamond pattern.
Examining a Roof for Asbestos
Verifying the presence of an ACM is the next step if you find any of these signs (asbestos containing material). There are a few options, but regrettably neither is really straightforward:
You can first examine the tiles on your own. Manufacturers of these products ought to have clearly marked those containing asbestos with a “AC” on the underside and those without with a “NT.” Arranging a test would be the best (and safer) alternative because this is by no means a guarantee. To accomplish this, one can send a single tile to a local asbestos testing facility or request a formal management survey. This will make it much easier for you to determine if disposal is necessary.
Naturally, the wisest course of action is to stay well away from your roof and loft while you await the results of this test. Additionally, be sure to wear the proper PPE if you really must enter your attic. That calls for wearing gloves and a mask constantly.
Getting Rid of Asbestos
Fortunately, or rather regrettably, it’s not all that uncommon to replace an asbestos roof. At the very least, it is something that the majority of dependable and knowledgeable removal organisations need to be able to manage. There are no legal restrictions on removing an asbestos roof on your own, but we never advise it. A professional who has the necessary training will be far more adept at assessing the level of risk and then taking the necessary steps to make your home safe for you and your family.