If you live in a home that was built in Queensland before 1990, chances are that you have some asbestos cement sheeting in your roof *home. As a popular construction material in Queensland’s early history, asbestos has since been found to pose a significant health risk.
Asbestos is a mineral that occurs naturally, made out of microscopic fibres. These fibres were found to be extremely durable, fire resistant, and resistant to many chemical reactions. At the time, asbestos seemed like the perfect material to utilise in a variety of commercial and industrial industries. With is strength and heat resistance, asbestos quickly began to be used in the roofing industry.
Today Asbestos is labelled as a toxic mineral, and has been linked to a number of lung and respiratory conditions. The properties that made it so desirable is what also makes it so dangerous for humans. The microscopic fibres are so small that they are easily inhaled. Once they are inside the lungs, they cling to the tissue and their rigid durability makes them hard to expel or break down. Almost everyone who is exposed is at risk of suffering from potentially serious health complications.
Although asbestos cement sheeting is not 100% asbestos, it has been reinforced with between 10-15% asbestos fibres. However, it is the not the amount of asbestos that is in your roof that is of concern. It all comes down to the size of the fibres, larger asbestos fibres are easier for your body to expel but smaller fibres can pose a significant risk.
Asbestos cement sheeting is a minimal risk if it is left intact and undisturbed. After over 30 years of exposure to the elements in Queensland’s harsh climate, asbestos cement roof sheeting is often left eroded, exposing the deadly fibres, and putting you and your neighbours at risk.
If you know you have (or are worried that you might have) asbestos cement sheeting in your roof, pick up your phone and call the team at Vantage Point Roofing. Our fully insured and qualified experts can safely remove your asbestos cement roof sheeting and replace it with a new, modern, and safe metal roof.
Replacing your asbestos roof with metal will:
What are you waiting for? Getting that ticking time bomb out of your house and live stress free! Contact us about asbestos removal today!