Asbestos Garage Roof Removal Edinburgh

You’ve probably spotted asbestos garage roofs in many gardens across Edinburgh and Central Scotland, maybe even in your own backyard. Their popularity peaked in the 1990s, leaving tens of thousands still in place today.

Garage Roofs Edinburgh offers safe removal, replacement, and cladding solutions for these asbestos roofs.

Concerned about asbestos in your shed or garage roof? Whether you’ve confirmed its presence or just suspect it, you might be wondering about your next steps. You’ll likely want it removed safely and cost-effectively without damaging your roof. We can help identify asbestos; roofs made of grey corrugated material are often suspect. A telltale sign is their durability against harsh weather—resilient panels resistant to wind and rain are likely asbestos-containing.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral used in various products like insulation, cement roof boards, and even brake pads. Over time, these products can break down, releasing asbestos fibers into the air, which can be harmful when inhaled. That’s why it’s crucial for garage owners to understand their options if they have damaged or deteriorating asbestos in their garage roofs.

"Replacement of new garage roof over existing leaking asbestos roof . All done very professionally and friendly without any fuss . Had to come back due to high winds and finished without problem . New roof looks very good quality and attractive. Would certsinly recommend this company ."
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Risks Of Having Asbestos in Your Roof

Asbestos has been utilised by humans for millennia, especially in mining. Over the past century, it gained popularity in construction due to its advantageous properties like fire resistance, sound absorption, and affordability. Asbestos became a go-to material for insulation. However, it later became evident that asbestos exposure could lead to severe health issues, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. While sealed asbestos poses minimal risk, older buildings with unsealed asbestos become a concern, especially for garage roofs.

These roofing sheets typically contain 10 to 15% asbestos, often a type known as chrysotile, mixed with cement. Asbestos can be found in various parts of roofs, including panels, gutters, and felt. In the UK, asbestos was banned by the government at the start of the new millennium, following earlier restrictions in 1985 on importing blue and brown asbestos due to their health risks.

Despite the ban, it’s not uncommon to find asbestos in garage roofs of properties built before 1999. Fortunately, there are several solutions available to address this issue.

Does Your Garage Roof Contain Asbestos?

Asbestos cement sheets were commonly used in garages constructed before 1980, especially prevalent in Edinburgh buildings from the 1960s and 70s. These roofs often feature grey corrugated sheets that may now display signs of aging and weather damage. When these sheets degrade, they can release hazardous asbestos fibers into the air.

If your garage or roof shows any of the following signs, it may contain asbestos:

Grey corrugated roofing material.

Wear and tear or weather damage.

Cracks or breakages in the sheets.

Once it’s confirmed that asbestos is present, the next step is considering its safe removal. While asbestos-cement is durable and can last a long time without showing decay, it becomes a health risk when it starts to deteriorate. If your asbestos-containing material remains intact and undamaged, leaving it undisturbed may be an option. However, deteriorating asbestos should be professionally removed to ensure safety.

Signs Your Garage Roof Contains Asbestos?

Identifying asbestos containing materials by sight alone can be challenging, especially for those without experience in handling such materials. However, certain signs may indicate the presence of asbestos:

*Persistent leaks that are hard to fix.

*Damaged or broken roof sheets.

*Missing roof sheets.

*Mould on the ceiling or other surfaces.

*Plants growing on the roof.

*Grey corrugated roofing panels.

*Garages constructed before 1999.

*Moss or lichen growth.

*Cracks or fractures in the roof panels.

*Small indentations or pits on the surface.


Safe Asbestos Removal and Disposal

Asbestos from your roof must be safely sealed in an approved container and transported to a SEPA licensed disposal facility. At the disposal centre, it will be properly handled, and a unique SEPA code will be assigned. Our primary disposal site is located in Edinburgh. Waste removal companies typically charge more for asbestos disposal due to its high toxicity and health risks compared to other types of waste.

About Garage Roofs Edinburgh Ltd.

Although only recently formed, the company has worked alongside Collins Roofing & Solar Solutions for many years and our owner has 24 years experience working as a roofer.

We have a strong background in all aspects of roofing, however, we are specialists in garage roofing and flat roofing installing literally thousands of these types of roofs across Scotland over the last 15 years.

As stated above our areas of expertise includes garage roof replacement and repair, asbestos garage roof overcladding & replacement and all aspects of flat roofing including EPDM Firestone rubber roof application.


All of our quotes are completed by the company owner. We pride ourselves on offering transparent, honest pricing with no hard sales. Our quality of workmanship, strong track record and competitive rates mean we do not have to use such tactics.

Roof Survey For Asbestos

To determine if you have an asbestos garage roof, the most reliable approach is to contact us for a survey. We are licensed by SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency) for asbestos disposal, equipped with the necessary expertise, skills, and equipment. Serving Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Central Scotland, we’re your local experts for asbestos removal concerns.

Can My Asbestos Roof Be Repaired?

Asbestos garage roofs are typically unsafe and challenging to repair. If you want to maintain your garage, it’s advised to opt for a complete removal and replacement of the roof.

However, in some cases, repairs to an asbestos garage roof may be feasible, serving as a temporary solution to address issues like leaks, especially if a full replacement isn’t currently within your budget.

Cost Of Asbestos Garage Roof Removal and Replacement

The cost of replacing your garage roof will depend on factors such as the size of your garage, the chosen materials, the type and size of the roof, and the expense of asbestos removal. Asbestos removal costs can also vary. For an accurate estimate tailored to your needs, it’s best to schedule a free home survey with us. If you’re specifically interested in asbestos removal, we can give you a rough estimate over the phone.

Best Option For An Asbestos Garage Roof

Removing the asbestos roof is often the safest choice, especially if it’s showing signs of damage like leaks, chipping, or severe wear. If there are holes or cracks, it’s advisable to address them promptly. We can safely remove the roof to mitigate health risks and assist you in finding the best replacement option or even complete garage removal if needed.

Will An Asbestos Garage Roof Effect The Value Of My Home

Having asbestos in your garage roof could impact the selling price of your home, especially if it’s damaged. While asbestos surveys aren’t mandatory for new home purchases, property surveyors often flag older garages that might contain asbestos. It’s better to address this issue proactively.

If your current home or a property you’re considering buying has an asbestos garage, it’s generally safe as long as the roof and walls are in good condition and have been internally encapsulated.

However, any damage to the asbestos can release harmful fibres, spreading asbestos further. If the internal roof hasn’t been encapsulated with paint, it may degrade over time, especially if it’s exposed to abrasions or knocks. In such cases, it’s wise to consider removing the garage, especially if it looks worn or damaged.

Health & Safety With Removal Of Asbestos Garage Roofs

It’s estimated that asbestos still claims around 4,000 lives in the UK annually. Fortunately, as fewer people work in environments containing asbestos, this number is expected to decrease over time. Breathing in asbestos fibres can cause significant lung damage, leading to severe illnesses that may surface many years after exposure. This underscores the importance of stringent regulations on asbestos garage removal and disposal.

Given that properties built up to the 1990s could have asbestos containing garages, it’s advisable to engage only with SEPA-licensed professionals for removal and disposal. This approach ensures that the health risks associated with asbestos are eliminated while also safeguarding the environment.

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Garage Roofs Edinburgh Ltd. work in partnership with Collins Roofing & Solar Solutions with over 50 years combined experience working in the roofing industry in Edinburgh and Central Scotland. Our team has dozens of legitimate 5 star reviews on Google, Facebook and Yell.