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Asbestos roof tile removal

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annieb1981annieb1981 Forumite
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Looking for some local NI advice with regards to asbestos roof tiles.  We has extension work done to the house, long story short we had cowboy builder so have had to pay someone else to fix and finish the work. Work is still ongoing. We found out while getting work fixed that our roof tiles were asbestos as they were nearing the end of their life and we would have to replace the roof sooner than later. This is a big kick in the teeth for us after paying twice for our extension work to be done and going through legal channels to recoup our original spend from said cowboy builder. We had got some asbestos tiles removed from inside the house last year and it cost alot of money for such a small area so I am really worried.  Had anyone had similar experience in replacing asbestos roof? It is a typical 1950s bungalow, extension is flat roof. Any advice from any roofers on here would also be welcomed because we are considering that while we were at it should we look to increase roof height if we can. Thank you in advance!

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  • pepper33pepper33 Forumite
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    I think the council have something to do with asbestos, as we have a garage that is nearing the end of its life, and that is where we were asked to inquire from them.  Haven't done it yet?  
  • thumpthumpthumpthump Forumite
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    I feel your pain.
    Asbestos tiles have to be removed by a specialist! And to be honest they can charge whatever they like. 


    Try cosyroof for a quotation for replacing the roof they done a fantastic job of my friends. They may also know what to do about the asbestos removal or put you in touch with the right people.
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    edited 20 May at 1:14PM
    pepper33 said:
    I think the council have something to do with asbestos, as we have a garage that is nearing the end of its life, and that is where we were asked to inquire from them.  Haven't done it yet?  
    The council would be the last people to get involved.

    Seek advice from a reputable builder, most of them will advise you on which removal specialist to contact
  • annieb1981annieb1981 Forumite
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    I feel your pain.
    Asbestos tiles have to be removed by a specialist! And to be honest they can charge whatever they like. 

    We had some asbestos tiles removed from inside, was only a small area. We were recommended to also get an air quality check. The whole things cost £800. Really dread getting a price for an entire roof!
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    Asbestos tiles have to be removed by a specialist! And to be honest they can charge whatever they like. 


    That's not entirely correct.  It depends on the type of asbestos.  'Asbestos cement' products such as roof tiles, roofing sheets etc do not need a licenced contractor for removal. 
    Anyone can remove and dispose of such products and the usual precaution is to keep the material damp, avoid drilling or breaking it, which can release asbestos fibres.  When kept stable, no asbestos is released and it is not dangerous.  Many (most?) domestic waste tips will accept asbestos cement waste as long as it is double-bagged - check your local tip for advice.  Lot's of good info here: https://www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos/index.htm
    There's a lot of hysteria surrounding asbestos.  Basically, don't panic just deal with it carefully and prudently.  No need to be ripped off by being scared into paying rogue traders.

  • annieb1981annieb1981 Forumite
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    Mickey666 said:
    Asbestos tiles have to be removed by a specialist! And to be honest they can charge whatever they like. 


    That's not entirely correct.  It depends on the type of asbestos.  'Asbestos cement' products such as roof tiles, roofing sheets etc do not need a licenced contractor for removal. 
    Anyone can remove and dispose of such products and the usual precaution ......
    I'm glad you said this as someone we had at the house before lockdown laughed when we were in a panic about the roof tiles and his view was it wasnt the bad asbestos at all 🤞
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