Once advertised as a wonder material, we now know that asbestos can be highly hazardous and that there is no safe level of exposure. Because asbestos was used so extensively in construction, home renovators and builders can unknowingly expose themselves to asbestos fibres. This is why calling in the experts to safely remove and dispose of asbestos materials is essential
The History of Asbestos
First manufactured in Australia in the 1920s, asbestos cement materials were commonly used in residential building materials from the mid-1940s until the late 1980s. During the 1980s the health risks were better understood and asbestos cement materials were phased out in favour of asbestos-free products. From 31 December 2003, the Australian Government introduced a total ban on the manufacture, use, reuse, import, transport, storage or sale of all asbestos.
Many houses and buildings constructed before 1990 contain asbestos cement materials, especially in the eaves, internal and external wall cladding, ceilings (particularly in wet areas such as bathrooms and laundries) and fences. And of course commercial buildings, sheds and garages were commonly built using asbestos roofing materials.
Asbestos Roof Replacement
Focus Demolition and Asbestos Removal have dedicated an entire team to the safe removal and replacement of roofs containing asbestos. These highly trained operators use Australian best practice protocols, specialised technology and equipment to safely and efficiently remove asbestos roofs, replacing them with colour bond or zincalum products. The hazardous roofing material is safely encased and removed from site ensuring there is no contamination or exposure risk.
Focus Demolition is fully certified and accredited demolition asbestos removal company. For us safety is non-negotiable. We are fanatical in ensuring that every operation is carried out according to all Australian standards. We have safety practices and protocols in place to ensure the safety of workers and clients, the reliability of the finished project, and the environmentally safe disposal of the hazardous material.
Time is money
As professionals we understand that down time can be costly. Our workforce is dedicated to minimising downtime in operating environments. By carefully scheduling the work, we can often achieve a complete restoration over a long weekend or holiday period, reducing the impact on your business operations.
Once the job is complete, we can engage an independent third party to assess the job and issue a Clearance Certificate.
It’s Not Just the Roof That Can Be Hazardous
There are a number of categories of asbestos which are commonly found in residential and commercial buildings.
Bonded asbestos is incorporated into other material such as resins and cement. Bonded asbestos is frequently found in cement pipes, flue pipes and corrugated sheeting.
Friable asbestos is any material that contains asbestos which can be reduced to powder by hand. Frequently used as lagging for boilers or pipes, spray-on limpet insulation, and in rope and cloth, friable asbestos is considered extremely hazardous because the fine powder can easily find its way into the air.
If you suspect asbestos in present your building, it’s time to call in the experts at Focus Demolition is Worksafe accredited and fully licenced to deal with all forma of asbestos. If you suspect you have asbestos present, call us (08) 9417 3227 to organise an inspection and quote.