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History - Asbestos in the Roofing Industry

Until 1976, asbestos was required by model building codes is some areas where fire protection was crucial.  According to EPA, “Asbestos-containing materials can be found in approximately 31,000 schools and 733,000 other public and commercial buildings in the U.S.”

ACRM - Asbestos Containing Roofing Material

In the roofing industry, asbestos has been used in:

Built-up Roofing Felts Bituminous Flashings
Roof Coatings Mastics and Cements
Asbestos-cement Shingles Transite Panels
Asphalt Shingles Asphalt Felt Underlayments
Early (1960s) Single-ply Systems Early Felt-based Vapor Retarders

Cause for Concern - Poor Air Quality

The mineral itself isn’t necessarily harmful, but microscopic asbestos fibers released into the air can have long term health effects if inhaled. Planning ahead and implementing a regular roof maintenance plan can help buildings keep asbestos under wraps.

Studies have shown that workers or others who are exposed to and inhale asbestos fibers in the air can develop:

Asbestosis – A nonmalignant scarring lung condition.
Mesothelioma – A rare cancer of the lining of the chest or abdominal cavities.

Asbestos can cause cancer of the lung, larynx, stomach, colon, rectum and intestine.

Asbestos Roof Removal and Repairs

Whitco Roofing uses the proper asbestos roof removal methods by workers and supervisors that have been trained and have prior experience working with ACRM (Asbestos-containing Roofing Material). We can handle all of your asbestos roof removal and repair needs, professionally and properly. Whitco Roofing is committed to safety. Please view our safety page for additional information.

Asbestos RemovalContact us today with any general questions or to schedule a complimentary roof consultation.