Asbestos Garage and Roof Removal Tips
This asbestos question was answered by Anthony Riley of Asbestos Garage Removals.
Q: I recently found out that my garage roof is made from asbestos materials, do I need to remove asbestos from my garage immediately, or is it better to leave well alone?
A: Well yes, you really need to remove any asbestos material if it starts to crack or deteriorate, as that’s when dangerous asbestos fibres could be released. All asbestos garages have a lifespan of between 40 and 50 years but if somebody was to, say, walk on the roof and crack it, then it really needs to be dealt with quickly.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used from 1950 to 1980 in building materials to make them stronger and add fire resistance. One of the most common places to find asbestos is in your garage or garage room.
Is Asbestos Dangerous?
Left untouched, asbestos is not a threat to health, it’s only when it starts to omit dust that it becomes a problem – then it can be very dangerous. If inhaled in high concentrations over a long period of time, asbestos fibres can cause lung cancer, however symptoms won’t often appear for between 20 to 30 years after the initial exposure.
How is Asbestos Removed?
According to the Health and Safety Executive, you can choose to carry out some very minor asbestos removal jobs yourself. However, most asbestos removal projects need to be carried out by a qualified tradesman who has been trained in safe asbestos removal.
Asbestos Garage Roof
If you find your garage roof contains asbestos you may want to consider replacing it. Whilst the roof isn’t technically dangerous unless it starts to omit dust, this is a job that will need carrying out at some point, if only for your own peace of mind. An asbestos garage roof replacement is likely to cost:
- £1,500 for the initial asbestos garage roof removal and roughly the same again for the new roof.
Removal of Asbestos From a Garage
Simply removing the asbestos in your garage will probably cost less than replacing the entire structure, however you will still need to a hire in a professional to get rid of the asbestos safely and securely.
How Much Does Asbestos Garage & Roof Removal Cost?
Asbestos removal costs on average between £50 and £75 per square metre. This means that large removal jobs can therefore end up costing over a total of £3,000. Whilst this is very expensive, it is worth it for your health and safety and therefore should not be overlooked.
What are the Alternatives to Asbestos Removal?
Asbestos encapsulation is an alternative to asbestos removal. This is less expensive than a complete overhaul of your home. It works by inserting the asbestos into a protected adhesive, either manually or through chemical manipulation. On average, encapsulation should cost around £8 to £15 per square metre of asbestos found, which comes out considerably cheaper than complete removal.