A lot of people make money out of scaring people about asbestos. The facts are there are different types of asbestos and the sheeting on homes only has a certain percentage of asbestos and is only harmful in certain situations. It is safe if it is secure, in good condition and sealed with paint.
The old asbestos roof if not maintained will have deterioration to the roof fixings and the top surface of the sheeting will deteriorate if not properly sealed and asbestos will wash off the roof into the yard. The life of some of these old roofs can be extended with restoration work and painting. Some older asbestos roofs can look exactly the same as iron roofs and a potential buyer will assume that the roof is iron and in fact it is asbestos.
Asbestos fences and wall and ceiling sheeting which are not sealed properly can be a hazard.
Buildings built prior to 1982 may have wall and/or ceiling sheeting and other products including roof sheeting that contains Asbestos. Even building built after this date up until the early 90s may contain some Asbestos. Sheeting should be fully sealed. If concerned or if the building was built prior to 1990 or if asbestos is noted in the building report as present within the property then you should seek advice from a qualified asbestos removal expert as to the amount and importance of the asbestos present and the cost of sealing or removal. Drilling, cutting or removing sheeting or products containing Asbestos is a high risk to peoples’ health.
For more information go to the following Queensland Government WEB sites.
For information about asbestos inspections go to Enviro Health.