Glasgow based Roofer specialising in the safe removal and disposal of asbestos roof tiles and slates.

While asbestos roof tiles were once a popular choice on homes across Glasgow, we now know of the extreme dangers that asbestos roofing and the asbestos fibres can cause.

Asbestos roof tiles and slates are very common in and around Glasgow and Edinburgh homes yet just the mention of an asbestos roof is enough to create feelings of unease. At Balmore we are experts in the safe removal and management of asbestos roofs and asbestos tiling on residential and commercial properties in and around Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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So what is Asbestos and should I be worried about having it on my roof?

The name asbestos is used for naturally occurring mineral products that are resistant to chemical and thermal degradation, are fire resistant and electricity resistant while having strong fibres and can be woven and bound. While you may think that asbestos is a relatively new creation, in fact it has been used for thousands of years in clothing, pottery, candle wicks and lots more. It is only when it became popular in the construction industry that asbestos became common place across the city. Asbestos sheeting was originally introduced as a lightweight alternative to slate and tile roofing.

While many know that asbestos is dangerous, Sadly there are more people who die across the UK thanks to asbestos each year than are killed on the roads.

The fibres of Asbestos roofing tiles can cause the following fatal and serious diseases:
Mesothelioma – A cancer which affects the lining of the lungs.
Lung Cancer
Asbestosis – A scarring of the lung that normally occurs after heavy exposure to asbestos.
Pleural Thickening – Causes the thickening and swelling of the lung

The Problem with Asbestos Roofs

In most cases – asbestos roof tiles pose no health hazards as long as the roof tiles are intact and the dangerous asbestos fibres are kept firmly in place by the cement that makes up the tile. Asbestos roof sheets are however fragile and can easily crack while loose. The danger of disturbing an asbestos roof sheet means that even simple roofing repairs to your home must be undertaken by specialist roofers like Balmore Roofing. Through correct and proper training, our team of roofers can protect themselves from the airborne release of harmful fibres.  And as for the disposal of asbestos tiles and slates, we fully comply with stringent disposal regulation in Scotland.

While this may all seem somewhat concerning, having a home in Glasgow or Edinburgh with asbestos roof tiles does not mean you need to remove the whole roof, especially if the roof is in good health. If you know that you have asbestos roof tiles then the best advise we can give you is to monitor the health of these tiles.  If you are unsure as to the state of your roof, you can call Balmore Roofing to survey your roof and provide a report on its current state and any work that needs to be carried out.

If you are planning on any renovating work to your home or if your roof becomes damaged during a storm – that is when you should call Balmore Roofing. Our experts can survey the roof either with traditional ladders or we can use our advanced aerial drones to provide an asbestos roof survey.  If the asbestos roof tiles are in a dangerous state of repair then they may need to be removed and replaced with safer non asbestos products. Our team are fully trained and experience in the handling and removal of asbestos on roofs in commercial, industrial and residential locations.

Asbestos Removal Services

  • Commercial & Industrial Asbestos Removal
  • Asbestos Removal for Garages
  • Asbestos Surveys & Testing
  • Asbestos Roof Removal

If you would like to know more about our asbestos removal services, please call our Glasgow office on 0141 944 6100