Autumn Asbestos Corrugated Roof Leaking

  • By Maris Hanson
  • 26 Apr, 2017

Winter is one of the worst seasons for broken or unrepaired roofs, because of the colder and wetter weather conditions. However, what most don’t realise is that it can be just as wet and windy during the Autumn months in Britain. It’s important to focus on the condition of your Asbestos corrugated garage roof during these months to ensure that the weather conditions don’t affect your property significantly. The leaks from your roof can cause damage to not only the interior of the garage but also your car and any personal possessions stored under that roof and if left unattended for a space of even a few years will cause massive damage to the walls and ceilings and cost a great deal more for repairs to the structure of the building.

Water leaking into your property is not just a nuisance in terms of hygiene, but also a potential health and safety hazard. There are many threats to your property within these months, whether you realise it or not, so it would be best to identify the potential hazards before they can become an issue.

One of the threats to your roof in the wetter months is (are?) trees and foliage. Depending on the trees within your property, this might not be much of a problem. However, some tree species will actually increase the spread of wind and water damage. Trees with large leaves will spread the rainwater around the roof and help it reach places it normally wouldn’t. Ideally, trimming the trees and plants within the surrounding areas would be the first choice of action. The more foliage that is able to be swept into and lodged into your gutters, the more potential you have for overspill and leaking.

The leaves and other potential foliage and debris that can be accumulated in the gutters and on the surface of your garage roof would obstruct the drainage of the rain fall, which in return may cause leaks that would not only potentially damage the property, but would also be extremely costly to repair once the damage has reached a tipping point of structural damage. This is why it is important to conduct repairs as prevention from potential hazards as opposed to reacting to the damage. Getting weakened roofs or those with small amounts of damage repaired is much cheaper than having building works carried out!

When the leaves and rain combine, it creates a mulch which blocks both drains and downpipes. This requires a lot of work and tools to clear out and normally requires you to hire a professional cleaning service. Simply cleaning out the gutters during a dry day in the autumn can save you hundreds of pounds, of course our Asbestosafe system which repairs corrugated roofs of all types, not just leaking asbestos garage roofs! Can be of invaluable assistance in providing a solution to the leaking roof.

The main piece of advice we can give you is to ensure that you inspect your corrugated garage roof as regularly as possible, as you can become aware quicker of any potential issues that could develop early. Inspect your roof thoroughly at least once a year, if not twice. Check the roof for broken sheets, blocked gutters and general signs of decay (discolouration or flaking, unexplainable debris and leaks in the garage interior).

As stated earlier, the general area surrounding your property is also important to inspect. The greenery around the property is potentially damaging, and all possible factors must be inspected. Trees – especially large ones will catch the wind and if they aren’t trimmed, run the risk of slamming water onto your roof, having branches get blown off and hitting your roof, or in the worst case, having the tree blow over and fall onto the property. Not ideal!

These steps can start you on the process for your property to be protected in the winter months, but we always recommend you call a roofing professional to carry out these tasks if you don’t feel comfortable with them. Here at Asbestosafe we are corrugated roofing experts and if you need any roofing advice, then get in contact with us for some free, no obligation information! While we do not carry out general repairs an installation of one of our guaranteed systems to that Asbestos or cement fibre corrugated roof will not only put your mind at ease but will on completion provide a warmer and dryer space for many more years!

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By Maris Hanson 26 Apr, 2017

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Yes Spring has finally sprung and the winter months are finally behind us HURRAY! BUT! Yes BUT! That problematic Asbestos corrugated Roof and its associated problems are still here and like many building materials exposed to all weathers, asbestos corrugated sheets are not immune to degenerating.

So what can we expect when we walk into say the garage? Well the type of asbestos in corrugated sheet is not necessarily as dangerous to your health as other types of Asbestos but none-the less, dangerous particularly during removal and or when severely broken or drilled and of course like many asbestos corrugated roofed premises, in particular garages, during the winter months can suffer a great deal from condensation; this condensation creates a type of slurry on the underneath, messy when affected by damp and/or leakage. Messy when it drops onto the car, possessions, and the floor. Condensation is a symptom of a leaking / porous roof, avoiding too much technical guff, basically the more moisture within the corrugated sheets, the more likely condensation will form.

What can be done? well if the slurry is that severe you may wish to deal with it not just for aesthetic reasons but because of the mess it can create. This can be done in two ways, one a false ceiling and two a simpler fix, clean it down. In order to do that following the clean apply two coats of water based emulsion like Sandtex, but please remember, whether you erect a false ceiling or clean it down and paint it, aside from emptying the room/garage to avoid any particles settling on the contents, always wear a nuisance mask at the very least and where possible, open any doors and windows to allow adequate ventilation. Our opinion here at ASBESTOSAFE ® is unless drilled, hammered or severely damaged, the underneath does not pose a problem to one’s health, not even the slurry underneath, and in fact as recommended by the UK Health & Safety Executive, these types of roofs where possible should receive a waterproofing system and left in-situ and the bottom line of that is not just the huge expense of removal, let alone replacement, but it would just end up as landfill, land that we just do not have, and please bear this in mind “Re-use is not landfill abuse” 

So back to the condensation, leakage problem, it would be prudent not to tackle this problem until the cause of it all is dealt with, a leaking/porous roof. As mentioned in a previous blog there are various things one can do to check the problem/s but when it comes down to it, if the problems keep recurring and getting worse year after year, it is time to consider a credible waterproofing system or of course removal and replacement.

Now the problems with replacement are many , the nearer you are to a city say London, the costs for legal removal only can be huge, anything between £800/£1900 + and that’s just for removal, there of course extra costs the costs for a new waterproofing system, again the nearer you are to a City the more expensive it is likely to be, possibly between £1900/2800 + and of course, the inconvenience of having to completely empty the space/room below, the time factor, which from enquiry stage to completion can be weeks, not days

What to do eh! Well there are a few overlay systems, and many liquid treatments on the market however in our opinion, stay away from liquid treatments because in our experience here at ASBESTOSAFE ® no matter what the promotional literature claims, liquid treatments tend to de-laminate very quickly in some cases within the first year, the sun is the enemy there. Here at ASBESTOSAFE ® we have a unique proven, one of a kind guaranteed overlay system for corrugated roofs that is becoming more and more popular all over the UK (mainland) so for further comprehensive information please log on to www.asbestosafe.co.uk

By Maris Hanson 26 Apr, 2017

Winter is one of the worst seasons for broken or unrepaired roofs, because of the colder and wetter weather conditions. However, what most don’t realise is that it can be just as wet and windy during the Autumn months in Britain. It’s important to focus on the condition of your Asbestos corrugated garage roof during these months to ensure that the weather conditions don’t affect your property significantly. The leaks from your roof can cause damage to not only the interior of the garage but also your car and any personal possessions stored under that roof and if left unattended for a space of even a few years will cause massive damage to the walls and ceilings and cost a great deal more for repairs to the structure of the building.

Water leaking into your property is not just a nuisance in terms of hygiene, but also a potential health and safety hazard. There are many threats to your property within these months, whether you realise it or not, so it would be best to identify the potential hazards before they can become an issue.

One of the threats to your roof in the wetter months is (are?) trees and foliage. Depending on the trees within your property, this might not be much of a problem. However, some tree species will actually increase the spread of wind and water damage. Trees with large leaves will spread the rainwater around the roof and help it reach places it normally wouldn’t. Ideally, trimming the trees and plants within the surrounding areas would be the first choice of action. The more foliage that is able to be swept into and lodged into your gutters, the more potential you have for overspill and leaking.

The leaves and other potential foliage and debris that can be accumulated in the gutters and on the surface of your garage roof would obstruct the drainage of the rain fall, which in return may cause leaks that would not only potentially damage the property, but would also be extremely costly to repair once the damage has reached a tipping point of structural damage. This is why it is important to conduct repairs as prevention from potential hazards as opposed to reacting to the damage. Getting weakened roofs or those with small amounts of damage repaired is much cheaper than having building works carried out!

When the leaves and rain combine, it creates a mulch which blocks both drains and downpipes. This requires a lot of work and tools to clear out and normally requires you to hire a professional cleaning service. Simply cleaning out the gutters during a dry day in the autumn can save you hundreds of pounds, of course our Asbestosafe system which repairs corrugated roofs of all types, not just leaking asbestos garage roofs! Can be of invaluable assistance in providing a solution to the leaking roof.

The main piece of advice we can give you is to ensure that you inspect your corrugated garage roof as regularly as possible, as you can become aware quicker of any potential issues that could develop early. Inspect your roof thoroughly at least once a year, if not twice. Check the roof for broken sheets, blocked gutters and general signs of decay (discolouration or flaking, unexplainable debris and leaks in the garage interior).

As stated earlier, the general area surrounding your property is also important to inspect. The greenery around the property is potentially damaging, and all possible factors must be inspected. Trees – especially large ones will catch the wind and if they aren’t trimmed, run the risk of slamming water onto your roof, having branches get blown off and hitting your roof, or in the worst case, having the tree blow over and fall onto the property. Not ideal!

These steps can start you on the process for your property to be protected in the winter months, but we always recommend you call a roofing professional to carry out these tasks if you don’t feel comfortable with them. Here at Asbestosafe we are corrugated roofing experts and if you need any roofing advice, then get in contact with us for some free, no obligation information! While we do not carry out general repairs an installation of one of our guaranteed systems to that Asbestos or cement fibre corrugated roof will not only put your mind at ease but will on completion provide a warmer and dryer space for many more years!

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