Before the 1980s, asbestos was commonly used in building various commercial, residential, and industrial structures in Canada and other countries.
Asbestos was used to be mixed with other building materials such as cement to increase the strength of certain parts of the building.
Asbestos content is typically found on ceilings, insulation pipes, tiled floors, and roofs. And even though asbestos was banned in many countries after the 1980s, you can still find some old buildings having parts filled with asbestos intact today.
For roofs, asbestos was usually combined with other cement materials to increase durability. Asbestos containing roofs are generally great insulators, heat or fire resistant, and are incredibly sturdy.
Still, the harmful effects of asbestos outweigh the advantages this building material brings. Inhalation of asbestos can lead to serious respiratory problems such as Asbestosis. The good news is, it’s never too late to deal with asbestos because you can still reduce the chances of being exposed to it – by having it removed.
Compared to asbestos in pipes, asbestos roofs can be much easier to remove. However, just like any other asbestos-laden material, there is practically no need for you to remove if the asbestos is still solid and undamaged in any way.
But, even if you don’t remove the asbestos roof right now, there’s a great chance it will still deteriorate over time, just like any other roof materials. Roofs are constantly exposed to extreme heat from the sun, freezing cold from the snow, or getting soaked in heavy rainfall throughout the year.
Once the asbestos deteriorates and break apart, its fibers can be easily released in the air; and since your roof can be found on the exterior part of your home, its fibers can even be spread to your neighbors.
If you’re home is fairly old or if you suspect that there’s asbestos in your roof, call asbestos removal experts to have it checked right away. They will provide you expert advice on whether or not you should have the asbestos roof removed, or if you should just leave it alone for now.
Don’t try to remove the asbestos roof yourself. Aside from the dangers of exposure to it, you can even fall off from the roof.