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Understanding Asbestos Removal When Re-roofing

Until 1987, Australian homes were being built with asbestos containing materials. In 1981, construction using asbestos lessened because of its dangerous effects. In the next two years, the use of flat asbestos sheets lessened. Corrugated products, pipes and other products soon followed. Even home built after 1987 contained asbestos products. It wasn’t until 2003 that asbestos containing products were no longer used.

If you own an older home and are considering a roof replacement, getting a roofing quote is a great place to start. A licensed roofing contractor can provide you with a free no obligation quote for a new roof. But, if your home contains asbestos, the quote will include fees for disposal and removal.

Where was Asbestos Used in Homes?

In the beginning, everyone thought Asbestos was a miracle product.


It was durable, possessed great insulating properties and was water-resistant. But, the best part for builders and customers was the price. This made it a popular choice for many Australian businesses and home-owners. In fact, the construction of most fibro homes was undertaken with products containing asbestos, such as:

  • Corrugated asbestos roofing sheets
  • Asbestos shingles
  • Exterior cladding
  • Interior cladding
  • ceiling insulation

How Common Was Asbestos Use In Construction?

Asbestos may be present in pipes, vinyl flooring, guttering, and down pipes. It was also used around chimneys as it is incombustible and a great thermal insulator. It can also exist in textures paints and various textile products.

Why is Asbestos Dangerous?

Asbestos causes a type of cancer known as mesothelioma. Over 10,000 Australians died from this disease in the last 35 years. Cancer experts predict another 25,000 deaths in the next 40 years.

Australians have become somewhat complacent about asbestos since it was phased out. More than 600 people died from mesothelioma since 2014. This is because of its latency period of up to 20 – 30 years.  It does not take much exposure to asbestos to create a serious health hazard.

Asbestos is only dangerous when disturbed or broken as particles become airborne. These particles are almost invisible to the eye and become lodged in lungs. If you’re unsure whether your home contains asbestos, you should get an inspection. Those working closely with the asbestos are in most danger.

Hiring a Roofing Company With An Asbestos Remove License Is a Smart Choice.

The purpose of roofing is to keep the inside of a building dry and to protect it from water damage. Roofs are usually made from materials that are strong and durable, such as tar paper, shingles, metal sheeting or tiles. Re roofing process should be done from time to time.

Why should I hire an asbestos removal service?

A qualified asbestos removal services knows how to  carefully handle asbestos. They wear protective equipment and take care to disturb the asbestos as little as they can. You take a serious risk if you try to remove asbestos yourself.

A licensed asbestos removal service like Roof & Render SA knows the risks. We take every precaution against exposing you, your family, or the public to asbestos.

Can’t I just hire a tradie?

For roof replacement process, Unfortunately, some “tradesmen” will claim they can safely remove asbestos. That’s why it’s important to make sure you hire a licensed asbestos removal service. They may have one of the following types of licenses:

  • An unrestricted licence permits them to remove all types of asbestos from a property
  • A restricted licence permits them to remove “non-friable” asbestos.


Licensing regulations are different in different states. Check Licensed Trades, Asbestos Removal to find out what the licence regulations are in your state.

Friable asbestos is brittle can turns into a fine powder when handled. It is the most dangerous type of asbestos because the particles become airborne.

Non-friable asbestos includes sheets of asbestos and other bound products that can more safely be removed. These materials rarely become friable because the asbestos is locked securely into the material. Some of these include:

  • resilient floor coverings; and
  • asphalt roofing products.


Whether the asbestos is friable or non-friable, it must be handled with care and disposed of properly. Asbestos can’t just be taken to the tip and disposed of with the rest of the materials. It must be disposed of in a separate area and handled differently.

It is legal to remove small amounts of non-friable asbestos, but you must take the proper safety precautions. Different states have different regulations about how much asbestos you can remove.

The Australian Government Department of Health explains the Key ‘Dos and Don’ts’ for handling asbestos materials on its website.

Larger amounts of asbestos must be handled only by licensed asbestos removal services.

How Much Does Asbestos Removal Cost?

Asbestos roof is so dangerous. The cost of asbestos removal depends on the type of material that must be removed and other factors. In general, non-friable asbestos removal is less expensive because the service can more safely remove large sheets of asbestos, such as cladding, roofing or guttering.

Roof & Render SA are qualified Asbestos Removal company so there is no need for you to use multiple companies or trades to complete your roof replacement; we are experienced and licenced to take care of the entire roofing project for you.

Consider finance to have your roofing project done sooner than later. You can use this handy calculator to work out your repayments easily. For roof replacement and re roof quotes. Call us, we are the best in the roofing industry.