Chesapeake Roofers: Article About Asbestos Shingle Removal
Prior to 1989, asbestos siding and shingles were used commonly on homes due to their fire resistant properties, strength and durability. Construction materials containing asbestos were commonly used in homes built in the 1930s to the 1970s. If the homeowner still has a home with asbestos shingles, there is nothing to fear as long as those shingles are in good condition. If the shingles have sustained damage, they should contact their local Chesapeake roofers to have them safely removed.
The presence of asbestos is not problematic as long as the materials are intact and in good condition. The problem occurs when the materials become damaged and asbestos particles become airborne. If building inhabitants inhale asbestos fibers, they can suffer from asbestosis, an inflammatory lung condition, or mesothelioma, a rare cancer that can affect the lungs, abdomen or chest cavity. If the asbestos containing materials have not been damaged, the safest thing to do is to just leave the materials alone. Homeowners should have a professional inspect the materials every so often to ensure that they remain in good condition.
In some cases, repairing asbestos shingles simply means to seal or cover the materials and to avoid removing them. A professional can use a special sealant that binds the asbestos fibers together or that coats the material so that the fibers cannot be released into the air.
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Otherwise, the professional may cover the asbestos with a protective wrap or jacket to keep the fibers from being released. Due to the dangers, it should be noted that only professionals who are trained to repair asbestos shingles should be doing this work.
The removal of asbestos materials can be quite expensive and dangerous. Because of this, removal is often a last resort. However, this option may be needed if the homeowner is intending to remodel the home or making major changes that could disturb the asbestos fibers. During the removal, professionals can wipe up any dust with a damp cloth. They can also ensure that the materials are properly bagged up and taken to the proper waste or recycling facility.
Homeowners can legally remove asbestos containing materials if they so wish. However, it is always highly recommended that a professional who is specially trained do the work due to the risk of major health issues. Not only can professionals remove the hazardous materials safely, they can also deal with any incidents that may occur during the repairs or removal.