Saturday, 6 August 2011

Asbestos Deterioration in Cement Corrugated Roof Sheets

Asbestos cement roofing pose a variety of health hazards as older roofs continue to deteriorate, releasing dangerous asbestos fibres to unsuspecting victims.

A popular choice for shed roofs and garages in the past, many owners are becoming increasingly concerned about the deterioration of the asbestos in their cement corrugated roof sheets which pose a variety of health risks. Being cheap, lightweight, economic and easy to install; asbestos-containing cement was used in the production of roofing tiles, eaves, gutters, water tanks, flues. As a result, asbestos is still prevalent in homes, commercial buildings and factories across the country.

Over the years, many tradesmen and roofers will have worked on cement corrugated roof sheets which may have been detrimental to their future health. Cement corrugated roof sheets typically contain between 5-15% asbestos; depending on the type and make. Normally, cement roofs were made with white asbestos which is considered safer than brown or blue asbestos but is no less harmful, as breathing in or ingesting airborne fibres can lead to the same asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis. 

Although many reputable companies are largely aware of the risks associated with asbestos, some roofing repair companies have previously sent employees to remove and replace damaged or deteriorated asbestos cement roofs without adequate protection or hazard awareness. As a result, the health of many roofers was put at risk; leading to victims of asbestos-related diseases seeking much-need asbestos compensation.

Natural deterioration through weathering and moss growth can cause asbestos cement roofing to become very brittle and as a result, roofers can easily crack the cement and release dangerous amounts of asbestos fibres. Employers should have ensured workers wore adequate protective equipment, were aware of the risks and used crawling boards to minimise chances of damaging asbestos cement roofing. 

Left alone and in good condition, asbestos cement corrugated roof sheets are relatively harmless. However, with employer misguidance and subsequent mishandling of deteriorated asbestos-containing materials; a large number of men working on roofs developed fatal diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma. Because these diseases could have easily been prevented with a little caution and corporate responsibility; many sufferers developing the disease are claiming the asbestos compensation they are entitled to.

If you are concerned you may be suffering from an asbestos related illness, our asbestos compensation solicitors could help you receive the money you are rightfully owed by your ex-employer or their insurance company. Call us today to quickly find out whether you have a right to claim and talk to our team of asbestos compensation experts that are committed to retrieving 100% of your compensation; 0800 634 1626


  1. This is a problem with asbestos and its susceptibility to corrosion. Rubber Asphalt is much better in thin slices.

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  2. There are durable materials out there that are being used as a substitute to asbestos concrete. It deteriorates with the hot and cold weather and could be hazardous to the health.
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  3. It is already known to human that Asbestos is indeed one of the products that produces harmful chemicals and causing hazardous effects to many. Thus, it is not advisable to use this as part of the building materials.
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  4. Asbestos-containing cement was used in the production of roofing tiles and gutters. Even though the health risk in this industry is not that high, environmentalist look for ways to make a more eco friendly materials.
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  5. I agree with the comments. Asbestos is a hazardous material. If you really want to use this material in building your houses, then you have to take extra caution in doing so. Wealth is nothing without good health.

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  6. I agree with the previous comments. It is important for a building or for any constructions to have a very strong foundation and architectural columns. We would not want our buildings to last for only a month or even a year right? So, it is an imperative to use high quality products.

  7. It is already known to human that Asbestos is definitely one of the products that produces harmful chemicals and causing hazardous effects to many.

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  8. Asbestos should no longer be used today because of it's health hazards. It is better to look for alternative materials for construction.


  9. I agree. Alternative materials are available today. They are much more people-friendly and environmental-friendly all at the same time. Asbestos can damage people's health that may even cause death. Although asbestos is indeed cheap, we wouldn't to exchange our lives for a cheaper material right? So, make sure to use high quality products when putting up a foundation, constructing a building or renovating a street or construction.

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  10. Isn't asbestos are banned for the side effect of health hazards?

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  13. you are normally liable for some cost of roof repairs in the same way as she is responsible for some of you repairs ..however i have never heard of a leaking roof causing rising damp

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