When you purchase a new home, or consider renovating your current home, there’s a good chance you didn’t consider whether the roof of your home contained asbestos.
If you are now in the process of renovating your home, or you’ve simply looked at your roof and decided it’s time to replace it, the first thing you need to think about is whether it contains asbestos; and there are some handy little points that will give you a good idea of whether this is the case.
As a general rule, if your house was built before the mid 1980’s, there’s a really good chance that the roof has asbestos materials. If your house was built between the mid-1980’s and 1990, it is likely there is asbestos.
Finally if your home was built after 1990, it’s unlikely that asbestos materials were used, but not guaranteed. Asbestos materials weren’t fully banned in Australian buildings until December 2003, so while the chance is low, there is still a risk.
Your best bet, to ensure the safety of yourself, your family and your neighbours, is that before you undertake any works to your roof, get it checked out by asbestos removal professionals, like the team here at Icon Asbestos Removal.
Do You Need to Have Your Asbestos Roof Removed?
If it turns out that your roof does contain asbestos, it can be expensive to remove, so the decision is yours as to whether you would like to leave it, or remove and replace. But keep the below points in mind:
- As your roof weathers and ages, there is more risk of deterioration which in turn leads to more risk of exposure to your family and neighbours.
- Having an asbestos roof can make a property difficult to sell, and may bring down the value of your home.
- You may find that as your home gets older, insurance companies may be hesitant to cover homes with asbestos roofing.
- Replacing your roof earlier rather than later can make for an easier and safer removal process.
Asbestos is a major risk to your health, so if your roof is looking a little weathered, or you are considering removal, we recommend talking to the professionals to organise an inspection and quote. Icon Asbestos Removal can organise the removal and replacement of your asbestos roof across the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. Speak to the friendly team today.