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    • helpneeded2014
    • By helpneeded2014 1st Sep 17, 2:38 PM
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    Asbestos garage roof
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    Asbestos garage roof 1st Sep 17 at 2:38 PM
    Hi i rent an house that as a grey Asbestos corrugated garage roof so hardly use it my stuffs been packed for years in there but started putting my motorcycle in there and everytime i get it out the bike as dust all over it which must be from the roof ? does this mean the roof must be degrading and dangerous
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    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 1st Sep 17, 3:09 PM
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    I doubt the dust will be asbestos fibres unless the roof is literally falling apart.
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    I doubt the dust will be asbestos fibres unless the roof is literally falling apart.
    Originally posted by andrewf75
    Well that's what i think must i can't see where else it can be coming from ? it's got to be falling down to land my the top of my bike.
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    • By andrewf75 1st Sep 17, 4:54 PM
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    If you can get hold of a square cm piece of the roof you can get it tested for 40 quid and find out if it contains asbestos
    But from what I've read when researching recently, the stuff in corrugated roof panels is unlikely to be harmful unless you saw and drill it, and I don't think the fibres are going to be falling out of the roof unless the panels are seriously degraded.
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    • By societys child 1st Sep 17, 5:00 PM
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    All the stuff in my garage gets covered in dust and I have a metal corrugated roof.
    Could it be dust from the floor etc, and dust blown in when it's windy?

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    • By helpneeded2014 1st Sep 17, 5:18 PM
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    • 1st Sep 17, 5:18 PM
    If you can get hold of a square cm piece of the roof you can get it tested for 40 quid and find out if it contains asbestos
    But from what I've read when researching recently, the stuff in corrugated roof panels is unlikely to be harmful unless you saw and drill it, and I don't think the fibres are going to be falling out of the roof unless the panels are seriously degraded.
    Originally posted by andrewf75
    Here are some pictures of my roof





    • tori.k
    • By tori.k 1st Sep 17, 5:53 PM
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    Could it be from a concrete floor, our kicks up a fair bit of dust I keep meaning to seal it and will get to it one day.
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    • By helpneeded2014 1st Sep 17, 6:05 PM
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    Could it be from a concrete floor, our kicks up a fair bit of dust I keep meaning to seal it and will get to it one day.
    Originally posted by tori.k
    Could be yes, just wish i knew not unpacked my boxes for over 8 years would love to use the garage to work on my bike and stuff.

    It's worries me more because i have Emphysema and don't want to risk making progress faster
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    • By helpneeded2014 6th Sep 17, 8:37 PM
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    Could it be from a concrete floor, our kicks up a fair bit of dust I keep meaning to seal it and will get to it one day.
    Originally posted by tori.k
    Tonight i was in the garage and moving something in the roof and it fell over and made a big bang, i thought there will be loads of dust off this now because it's there ages but could not see any so starting to think it's not the roof now and just from the conctrete blocks and floor.
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    • By J B 6th Sep 17, 10:28 PM
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    Here are some pictures of my roof
    Originally posted by helpneeded2014
    Asbestos or maybe Fibre Cement?
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    • By andrewf75 7th Sep 17, 10:13 AM
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    Tonight i was in the garage and moving something in the roof and it fell over and made a big bang, i thought there will be loads of dust off this now because it's there ages but could not see any so starting to think it's not the roof now and just from the conctrete blocks and floor.
    Originally posted by helpneeded2014
    I honestly wouldn't worry. Garages are always dusty. As long as the roof sheets aren't cracking (as mine is) there is no reason to think asbestos fibres are being released. The advice is that these roofs are safe unless the material is disturbed in any way.
    If you are still concerned, pay for a test. You can do it cheaply if you can send away a small sample. But if in your case that would involve breaking a perfectly intact roof then you would have to get a tester round which would obviously cost more.

    (Disclaimer: I'm no expert, but recently sought advice myself on this and did a lot of research.)
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    • helpneeded2014
    • By helpneeded2014 7th Sep 17, 12:03 PM
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    I honestly wouldn't worry. Garages are always dusty. As long as the roof sheets aren't cracking (as mine is) there is no reason to think asbestos fibres are being released. The advice is that these roofs are safe unless the material is disturbed in any way.
    If you are still concerned, pay for a test. You can do it cheaply if you can send away a small sample. But if in your case that would involve breaking a perfectly intact roof then you would have to get a tester round which would obviously cost more.

    (Disclaimer: I'm no expert, but recently sought advice myself on this and did a lot of research.)
    Originally posted by andrewf75
    The roof looks in good good condtion except one bit outside on the edge that's broke off before i moved here.

    Is your roof asbestos and does it look mine in the pictures?
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    • By andrewf75 7th Sep 17, 12:20 PM
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    The roof looks in good good condtion except one bit outside on the edge that's broke off before i moved here.

    Is your roof asbestos and does it look mine in the pictures?
    Originally posted by helpneeded2014
    Mine looks pretty much the same, but is cracking so much that you can see daylight. I got it tested for £40 and it contained no asbestos.

    If you have a broken edge you can just break off a bit and send it away for testing if you want to make sure for peace of mind, but I only did so because mine was falling apart, I wouldn't bother in your case.
    • anto164
    • By anto164 7th Sep 17, 12:26 PM
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    As stated above, My garage gets dusty, and we have a tiled roof. I wouldn't worry about it being asbestos. Anyway, if the roofing sheets do contain asbestos material, it'll only be around 10-20% asbestos anyway and poses very little threat if kept undisturbed
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    • By helpneeded2014 7th Sep 17, 1:06 PM
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    As stated above, My garage gets dusty, and we have a tiled roof. I wouldn't worry about it being asbestos. Anyway, if the roofing sheets do contain asbestos material, it'll only be around 10-20% asbestos anyway and poses very little threat if kept undisturbed
    Originally posted by anto164
    Ok thank you
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