Folsom Roofing: Article About Replacing Asbestos Shingles
Many different materials have been used to make roofing over the years, including asbestos. This material is known for causing lung cancer and mesothelioma. While roofers no longer use asbestos as a roofing option, there are still many older homes that have asbestos shingles. Having them replaced by a qualified Folsom roofing expert is the best course of action for a homeowner to take.
Asbestos shingles were invented by Ludwig Hatschek, who was born in the Czech Republic. In 1893 he purchased an asbestos factory in Austria, and by 1900, he had created an asbestos cement that was later used as a roofing material. This new cement was given the name "Eternit," which is derived from the Latin word "aetemitas," meaning "lasting forever." The material proved to be popular with contractors because it was cheap, lasted for years and is fireproof. By 1911, the asbestos roofing material was being shipped all over the world, including the United States.
On the surface, asbestos shingles seem like the perfect roofing material. They don't rot or warp, and they are extremely resistant to damage by insects or animals. The material is also surprisingly light considering they're made with concrete.
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However, problems with the material occur when it starts to break down and release small fibers that cause lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Homeowners who have asbestos shingles installed on their homes should not panic. Asbestos concrete doesn't become dangerous until the concrete starts to break down and the asbestos fibers enter the air. Many homes still have asbestos shingles that are in great shape. However, since it was banned from construction use in the 1980s, it's only a matter of time before the concrete shingles break down.
Owners of homes with roofs that have been around since before the 1980s should have the roofs checked by qualified roofers. If it's determined that there's an asbestos problem, the roofs will have to be carefully removed by a removal company. Each state has its own laws on how asbestos should be removed and handled, so hiring a company to handle it keeps the homeowner safe and ensures that all state regulations are followed. Once removed, the homeowner will have to choose a new roofing material to be installed.
If homeowners enjoy the look of a concrete roof and like how long it lasts, they can have asbestos-free concrete shingles put back on their roofs. Even without the asbestos fibers, concrete shingles last for many years and are extremely durable. They also give homes a unique look and increase curb appeal.