ASBESTOS REMOVAL

IF I LIVE OR WORK IN A BUILDING WITH AN ASBESTOS ROOF WHAT SHOULD I DO? IS IT MANDATORY TO REMOVE IT?

There is no need to remove asbestos if the roof is in good condition, but it is required by law to regularly check the state of the roof and the absence of detached material.

HOW MUCH CAN COST THE REMOVAL OF ASBESTOS COST?

The cost of the disposal of asbestos depends on the size of the structure in which it is present; in the case of a roof, pricing strictly depends on the quantity, the safety works, the accessibility and walkability of the roof and the distance to the landfill for disposal. As a guide, for sizes less than 100m2 the biggest cost is that of labour, with larger sizes costs for disposal per square meter diminish, while costs for security and transport remain fixed.

WHAT ALTERNATIVES TO ASBESTOS REMOVAL EXIST?

It is possible to encapsulate the asbestos fibres by the application of different layers of certified paints which form a protective layer preventing dispersion into the environment. Next, either an over coverage is installed or the existing roof is safely secured.

Both treatments should be monitored over time and require periodic maintenance.

As compared to encapsulation and over coverage, removal has the advantage of permanently restoring the building thus increasing its value; undertaking any of these works necessitates the installation of temporary structures for safety purposes. Encapsulation and over coverage involve periodic monitoring and, in the case of encapsulation, redoing it after a number of years; on balance therefore, using encapsulation and over coverage solutions though initially less expensive are not so convenient over time.