Have you recently moved into an older home and wondering if you need a fence asbestos removal service? At ICON Asbestos Removal we can conduct an inspection of the fences on your property to advise you whether your fence is indeed made from asbestos materials or if it is safe for you to remove on your own.
How to tell if you have an asbestos fence
When it comes to asbestos products, the only way to know 100% if your fence contains the material is to have it tested, but there are some checks you can do quickly that will give you an idea on whether your fence is safe or not.
1. How old is your fence?
Was your fence installed after 1990? If so, there is a good chance the fence is made from either concrete or cellulose fibre and not asbestos. However, if it was installed prior to that time, it potentially contains asbestos fibres and the older the fence, the more likely it contains asbestos. Remember that the age of your house is not a good indication of the age of the fence.
2. Fence capping – is it made of the same material?
If your fence capping is made from the same material, there is a good chance the fence is asbestos. This is the area that is most exposed to the elements, so is usually more weathered. This can mean that fibres are exposed and dangerous. Again, there is no guarantee that the fence sheeting isn’t asbestos free just because the metal capping isn’t – it could have been replaced along the way.
3. 7 ridges or 5?
If your fence is made from asbestos, it likely has 7 ridges per one metre panel. Hardiefence built after 1990 will have 5. As above though, there is no guarantee as fence moulds have changed over the years.
For the health and safety of your family and yourself, we recommend giving us a call before removing your fence. ICON Asbestos Removal can help you work out whether you require a fence asbestos removal service or if you can go ahead and start renovating.