Last Updated on September 17, 2020 by Kirsty Smithson
So, you’re in the process of buying a house that has an asbestos garage, or you already own a property that has one and you’re wondering about asbestos garage removal.
You’re wondering whether or not you need to have the asbestos garage removed , or is it ok to leave as is?
Any property built up until the late 1990’s may have an asbestos garage.
An asbestos garage will generally consist of asbestos cement roofing sheets including internal or external asbestos cement systems.
The good news is that having a garage with an asbestos roof or walls is fine and can be left in situ as long as they are in good condition and encapsulated with paint or boards.
Asbestos is only dangerous once the fibers are released into the atmosphere, so an asbestos garage that’s in good condition will pose no danger to health.
However, if the asbestos is in poor condition, damaged or not encapsulated, it will begin to degrade over time and release fibers into the air.
So if you are planning on doing any sort of DIY jobs or renovation to the garage that is likely to disturb the asbestos in any way, even if it’s only hammering a nail into a an asbestos cement wall, then that’s when you face a problem.
It would be strongly advised that you either encapsulate or for complete peace of mind that you consider complete asbestos garage removal.
If you need to encapsulate the asbestos or have it removed, then it’s not advisable to do this yourself as a DIY job due to the health risks involved with asbestos.
This is a job for a specialist and appropriately trained contractor who is competent at working with asbestos materials.
A professional will wear the correct safety gear to undertake the job and will know exactly what to do and how to handle the asbestos containing materials.
They must also possess a Hazardous Waste Carriers Licence.
Removing asbestos can be a costly job and the total cost for removal of an asbestos garage will depend on various factors such as the size and quantity of asbestos to be removed.
However, as a rough starting point, to remove a single asbestos garage roof you’d be looking in the region of about £400 or about £700 if you include the sides.
The cost to remove a double garage roof would start at around £750 and about £1800 to include the sides.
To remove asbestos garage insulation ceiling boards the cost would start at around £1350.
It’s also worth contacting your local council about asbestos garage removal as most have their own services in place and will offer vastly reduced rates in comparison to private companies.
Some councils will even remove small amounts for no cost at all!
If you need any help or friendly advice on dealing with an asbestos garage, then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0161 763 3727.
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