If you’re in Brisbane and looking for a professional, licensed asbestos removal company, Zen Roofing can help. Call us today on 07 3177 6007 for a quote.
This page aims to provide enough information about asbestos to help you make an informed decision. We’ve stuck to the basics, as asbestos is a complex subject. If you’d like more information, there are many websites that can provide more detail, or you can contact us.
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Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that contains strong fibres that have excellent durability, fire resistance and insulating properties. Asbestos fibres are often invisible to the naked eye, can float in the air for a long time, and can be inhaled into the lungs. It is an extremely dangerous substance to inhale at any level. In the past, asbestos was mined and used to make many different materials. Materials containing asbestos were very common in the Australian residential building industry between the 1940s and late 1980s, before their production stopped.
Roofing companies, as well as all involved staff and contractors, must hold a B grade licence in order to remove asbestos roofing (this is required by law). Though an A grade licence is needed for some other types of asbestos removal, it is not required for asbestos roofing removal. As a home owner, you are allowed to remove and dump 10m2 or less. If doing so, you should follow the removal safety guidelines.
Unfortunately, yes, asbestos is dangerous. However, we must keep things in perspective.
Due to media hype revolving around asbestos, many people are more frightened than they need to be and overreact (e.g. we’ve heard of people taking month-long holidays while their asbestos removal is taking place!).
Remember that asbestos is a raw substance that is mixed with other substances to create a product. There are lots of products that contain asbestos and some are more concentrated than others. For example, bonded roofing asbestos sheets contain a lot less asbestos than some types of asbestos guttering or wall sheeting, for example. Most people who have contracted asbestosis (a disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibres) have had long term exposure to high-density asbestos for 20 years or more.
You are extremely unlikely to contract asbestosis from short-term exposure to bonded roofing products. We inhale asbestos fibres every day when we are near areas that have asbestos roofs.
Luckily, our bodies have a remarkable ability to expel dangerous toxins inhaled on a daily basis within moderation. The hype and controversy surrounding asbestos have blown the actual threat out of proportion and this often creates unnecessary panic. Lung diseases are caused more often by carbon monoxide poisoning (fuel emissions from vehicles) than asbestosis.
With that said, having an asbestos roof is still a risk that is easily avoided. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Our advice is to replace the roof and, if you need a professional roofing company to assist you, give us a call.
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