What To Do With An Asbestos Roofing System?

As a business owner or property manager keeping your staff, visitors and customers safe at all times whilst on site should be your number one priority. Putting in place procedures and practices that limit the number of slips, trips and falls can be effective, but what about those hazards that can’t be seen or pass completely unnoticed?

In line with the Control of Asbestos Regulation set up by the UK Government in 2012, asbestos, which is often referred to as a ‘silent killer’, is one such hazard that all property managers and business owners have a duty to manage. A natural fibrous material famed for its fire and corrosion resistant properties, asbestos has been widely used in commercial and industrial roofing systems across the UK up until its ban in the year 2000.

Do Asbestos Roofing Systems Still Exist?

Although asbestos was a roofing material of the past, we are still living with its effects today. This is especially true when we realise that around 5,000 people in the UK every year die from cancer or respiratory diseases that can be linked back to long-term exposure of asbestos materials.

Even in 2016, there are still a large number of commercial and industrial roofing systems that feature an asbestos covering, so if you’re unaware of the material that your roof is constructed from then don’t hesitate to get in touch with a professional roofing contractor who’ll be able to advise you further.

Not only is it important to understand what material your roof is constructed from, but it’s equally as significant to be able to spot the signs when problems do eventually occur. Due to their age, asbestos roofing systems built over the last century may now start to deteriorate resulting in loose, potentially hazardous materials being introduced to your working environment, as well as significant problems with your roof’s structure and performance.

As a result, asbestos roofing systems can become extremely fragile overnight, to which safe access costs, welfare and limiting the risks of further damage all play a pivotal role into deciding whether or not small, controllable issues can be repaired. With several decades of experience in safely treating asbestos roofing systems we’re fully aware of the fact that each case is different, but the general consensus is that repairing such issues is not thought to be seen as the most worthwhile short term investment.

Asbestos Roof Overcladding

Guaranteeing the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone who comes into contact with your working environment is always our main concern. So, for those asbestos roofing systems which are in a particularly bad condition due to the high level of exposed fibres, for example, we may suggest that asbestos removal is the preferred method of eradicating any long-term problems.

However, asbestos removal in today’s economic climate can be quite costly to undertake, which is partly due to the high level of care and consideration required throughout its disposal.

If the asbestos roofing system is intact and no significant damage has been reported then overcladding the roof may be the most functional and cost effective solution. In addition to the elimination of issues related to asbestos, overcladding an asbestos roof can have other advantages too:

  • Overcladding with a new steel, non-fragile roof covering is often provided with a 25 year guarantee.
  • Reduce your heating costs with a new roof covering that is insulated to comply with the current warm roof regulations.
  • Inner and outer rooflights will reduce your energy costs and provide your building with more natural daylight
  • New state-of-the-art gutter lining systems can be installed to compliment your overclad roofing system.

The roof overclad process involves a spacer bar system being drilled and attached through the existing roof covering, thus helping to create a void between the existing asbestos cement roof covering and the new steel roof system. We then use quilt installation to enclose this space to ensure that current warm roof regulations can be achieved.

Each overcladding roofing system is designed, constructed and installed depending on the specific requirements of your current asbestos roof covering. If required, we can even supply and install seamless gutter linings, rooflight panels and any required termination flashings.

At Roofing Consultants, our team of fully trained and highly professional roofing contractors are experienced in surveying, repairing and overcladding a wide variety of asbestos roof coverings. For more information, get in touch with our head office today.