What Homeowners Should Know About Asbestos Roof Replacement

Posted on: 28 April 2019


As a homeowner, when you find out that you have asbestos roofing, your first step is likely to have an inspection. The inspection will let you know how bad the asbestos is, and how removal should occur. Once this is determined, the next step is replacement. If you aren't sure what to know or expect during the asbestos roof replacement, here are several key points to consider. These points can help you prepare for the replacement and for some issues that may happen.

Sealing and Covering

The first step the roofing contractor will take is to mark off areas of the roof that are not broken. Broken tiles will need to be removed as soon as possible. If there are a large percentage of broken tiles, the contractor may suggest tenting off the roof and removing all tiles. This is to ensure the area is clean and free of any asbestos debris. If there are unbroken tiles, the contractor may suggest not removing these tiles and sealing them off. The seal will prevent any of the asbestos fibres from getting in the air. Covering the tiles may be an option as well during the replacement stages.

Removal Phase

The removal phase will consist of closing off or tenting off the area. Some contractors call this encapsulation. This step is to prevent any issues with dust, debris or asbestos from entering not only your area but the environment of surrounding animals and humans. During this time, you may or may not be able to stay within the home. This would be determined based on the contractor and the scope of the removal process. Once the tiles are removed, the area is cleaned and cleared following an inspection for asbestos that may be left behind.

Disposal Phase

One of the key points homeowners need to know about asbestos roofing replacement deals with the disposal phase. The disposal of the asbestos roofing tiles and related debris will need to be done by a professional. In some areas, you may have laws that state this must be done by a certified professional that is skilled in dealing with asbestos specifically. This step does require additional fees and can be one of the more costly steps in the roofing replacement process. 

When you are ready to discuss asbestos roof replacement, contact your roofing contractor. They can begin the process and help you with questions you have. They can also help with pricing, options and alternatives that are available to you and your specific roofing situation.