Asbestos is one of the most dangerous materials to find in a building, due to it being linked to fatal lung diseases. Asbestos may be banned, but it can still be found in older structures. It’s prevalent in walls and roof lining. If you come across it then you should have it removed as soon as possible. But if you can’t afford to replace your asbestos roof, then another option is to overclad it. But what is asbestos overcladding and how can it benefit you?
What is asbestos overcladding?
It involves putting a new layer of metal or plastic sheets over an existing roof. This eliminates the need to pay for a brand new roof.
Things to consider before overcladding the roof
- The asbestos will still be present within the building
- You may need planning permission from your local authority before you can carry out the overcladding process
- Structural calculations may apply due to the added weight of an overcladding system
What are the advantages?
It can be expensive to replace an entire roof and dispose of asbestos sheets. Overcladding is a cheaper method of dealing with asbestos. This can be carried out while work continues within a building.
The overcladding process will bring the roof up to date with current warm roof regulations and make the building thermally efficient.
A stronger surface
Overcladding a roof will make it more resistant to damage. The need for maintenance will be reduced and there will be less reason to go up onto the roof. If maintenance does need to be carried out, then the roof will be able to bear more weight.
Overcladding the roof won’t remove the asbestos, but displaying yellow warning signs inside the building will make it clear to the public to keep their distance.