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How to Approach Asbestos Roof Removal

POSTED ON: 08/10/2018

Prior to its restriction and phasing out around the 1980s and 1990s, asbestos was used in many types of construction for its desirable properties. However, as the health risks of asbestos became more widely known, it was used much less often and eventually banned. Asbestos was commonly used in roofing before it was banned, and many of those homes still stand today. But what if that roof must be repaired or replaced? Performing this kind of work on a roof that was constructed with asbestos, including asbestos roof removal, presents some unique challenges.

Homes that utilized asbestos in the construction of the roof are aging today, and many will require maintenance or complete replacement in the upcoming years. If a roof with asbestos is compromised, it should be addressed immediately: the harmful asbestos particles can leak into the home. This is an alarming problem at best, and life-threatening at worst. In many cases, since these roofs are aging anyway, asbestos roof removal is the most sensible option.

It must be pointed out that asbestos roof removal in Lafayette, LA is most certainly not a DIY job. Asbestos has been banned in construction for a reason: without protective equipment, it can be very harmful and should never be handled by anyone other than trained professionals. In addition, asbestos disposal is carefully controlled by regulations, and it should definitely be left up to the pros.

Due to the strong regulations around asbestos and its removal, it’s imperative that a licensed and insured contractor be utilized for this complex job. General roofing work can already be dangerous. Adding a hazardous material like asbestos to the mix makes things that much more complex. Many roofing contractors are licensed and insured, but far fewer are actually licensed for asbestos roof removal in Lafayette LA. If you’re in need of this service, be sure to work with a licensed and insured contractor who can take on the job safely and securely while abiding by all local regulations.

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