Asbestos is a natural fibrous material, which in the past was widely used thanks to its fire and corrosion resistant properties. However, it’s also one of the most dangerous materials that you can find in any commercial roofing or industrial roofing system. Due to its links with fatal lung diseases, the material was outright banned in 2000. However, it can still be found in many older buildings, particularly in the lining of walls and roofs.
You’re priority should always be to keep your employees, visitors and customers safe. So, if you come across asbestos in your commercial roof, then you should take steps to have it removed as possible in line with the Control of Asbestos Regulation, set up by the UK Government in 2012. However, if completely replacing your roofing system isn’t an option, then another option is asbestos overcladding.
Always use professionals
Before we get into asbestos overcladding, it’s important to remember that you should never attempt to undertake a visual inspection for asbestos yourself. If you do notice something that could indicate the presence of asbestos then under no circumstances should you attempt to disturb it. You should always use the services of trained roofing contractors, and PASMA specialists to conduct any investigation.
What is asbestos overcladding?
At Roofing Consultants, the safety and wellbeing of everyone who comes into contact with your working environment is always a number one priority for us. If we find a commercial roofing or industrial roofing system with an asbestos roof in particularly bad condition; such as one with a lot of exposed fibres, for example, we may recommend a complete removal as the best solution.
However, asbestos removal can be quite costly to undertake, so if no significant damage has been detected, opting to overclad the roofing system can be the most functional and cost effective solution.
Overcladding essentially involves trained roofing contractors, placing a new layer of metal or plastic sheets over your existing roof, to avoid having to replace it.
What benefits can asbestos overcladding offer?
As well as obviously eliminating any of the issues related to asbestos, opting for overcladding can bring with it a number of other benefits too, including:
- It’s a far cheaper method than choosing to replace the whole roofing system and dispose of the asbestos.
- Overcladding can be carried out by roofing contractors with minimal disruption to the day to day goings on in your building.
- Your heating costs can be reduced as your roofing system will be brought up to date with current warm roof regulations.
- The roof will be made more resistant to damage thanks to the stronger surface. It will also reduce the need for maintenance, and the roof will be able to bear more weight
What to consider before opting for overcladding
Before you decide whether asbestos overcladding could work for you, it’s important to remember that any asbestos will still remain within the building. You’ll likely need to obtain planning permission from your local authority before any work can be carried out by roofing contractors. And due to the added weight of an overcladding system, additional structural calculations may apply.
At Roofing Consultants, we specialise in a swift and un-intrusive method of commercial asbestos testing; and we can draw on our decades of experience to provide asbestos overcladding for your commercial or industrial roof.
For more information get in touch with us today on 0800 046 1500.