Asbestos Garage Roofs Edinburgh (What is it?)

Asbestos had been a widely used roofing material in the UK right up until 1999. To this day, asbestos can be found in domestic premises, endangering the health of you and those around you.

Do you have an asbestos garage roof that needs to be removed or replaced?

Garage Roofs Edinburgh Ltd. offers you to the best asbestos roof removal and replacement service in Edinburgh! First and foremost our reputation is rock solid, with dozens of 5 star reviews left from satisfied customers on Google, Facebook and Yell.

Our prices are highly competitive, offering the best value in Scotland on all aspects of garage roofing including asbestos garage roof replacement. Customers often tell us the quote we provide them at times can be at least £1000 cheaper than our competitors!

We replace asbestos roofs in compliance with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency – SEPA.

On this page of our website, we’ve answered the most common questions about asbestos roof removal and replacement. If you have an old asbestos garage roof make sure to keep reading!

"Had a leaky asbestos side extension roof which Danny and his team fixed with a metal roof. No more leaks. No mess Good job should have had it done years ago."
"I am delighted with the work you done here, i will recommend you to anyone wanting to transform their garage.🤝"

Dangers Of An Asbestos Garage Roof

Asbestos is popular as both a roofing and flooring solutions. This durable material has high tensile strength and fire resistant properties. But as it turns out, asbestos is also hazardous to human health. 

Asbestos sheets are made of micro-particles. When released in the air, they can cause life threatening illnesses like asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer of the stomach lining and the chest.  However, these particles are bound inside a matrix of asbestos and non-asbestos materials. So, it is difficult for the fibres to be immediately released, provided that your asbestos roof is in good condition. 

Unprofessional removal of an asbestos garage roof can release airborne asbestos fibres. The dangers of asbestos exposure include cancer of the gastrointestinal tract, throat, and kidney. And then there’s asbestosis, a medical condition that causes permanent damage to the lungs.

Why Use Asbestos in Garage Roofs (in the Past)

The main reason for using asbestos in the past is because it was a cheap building material. Asbestos possesses a lot of favourable features, including the ability to withstand heat, decay, erosion, and weathering.

So if you combine it being cheap and weatherproof you can see why it was so popular on garage roofs across Scotland!

Let us break this down in a little more detail:

Cheap Building Material

Asbestos was mainly used in the construction industry for pipe installations, floor and ceiling tiles, drywall joints, and roofing felts. Its low price allowed households to afford asbestos for residential use.
Up until the late 90s, most properties would have an asbestos garage. The material impressively resists chemicals, electricity, and heat.

Asbestos Roofs are Highly Durable

Asbestos is a naturally occurring element. Therefore, it’s cheaper to use asbestos for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Mixing asbestos with cement can improve the lifespan of a roof. Asbestos was an important additive to form the widely used building material called asbestos cement.

Asbestos offers much better protection compared to wood and plastic,. It was extensively used as the main roofing material in the form of durable corrugated metal roof sheets.

Asbestos Resists Fire, Wear, and Electricity

The fire resistant property of asbestos makes it a reliable material for a workshop, garage or any other external building. It shows fewer signs of wear and leaves something like a garage roof looking brand new for many years. Asbestos sheets withstand fire, rain, and natural elements alike. They do not burn easily. The material is also resistant to termite damage and electricity.

Moving forward, asbestos is a brilliant thermal insulator. It can increase the energy efficiency of a building. This is why asbestos was often used in thermal insulations for commercial properties and factories.

Asbestos Roofs Are Easy to Maintain

The fact that asbestos is easy to clean is another reason for using it in the past. Throughout the 20th century, asbestos garage roofs were highly popular for their protection, durability, and affordability. In addition to weather resistance, this material is resistant to termite damage. Termites build colonies inside wooden roof beams, eaves, ceiling rafters, and
shingles. Unlike wood and drywall, asbestos can fight the factors that destroy
building materials over time.

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.

Should I Remove my Asbestos Garage Roof Myself?

Simply put, NO!

Due to the health hazards related to asbestos, this building material has been banned in the UK building industry since 1999. If you’ve bought a house built before the late ’90s, there’s a good chance that it contains asbestos cement. For some reason, removing the corrugated asbestos sheets from your roof all by yourself seems like a good idea to some people!

But here’s what can go wrong — you can tear the worn-out sheets or jolt them just enough to release invisible asbestos fibres in the air. 

Therefore, although you CAN remove your own asbestos garage roof, we strongly advise you to consult a SEPA licensed company. There are plenty competent asbestos roofing services in Edinburgh that can remove and replace your asbestos roof. 

Asbestos Garage Roof Options – Replacement, Overclad / Cover / Seal

An asbestos garage roof can be either removed, covered (overclad) or replaced. To be clear, asbestos roof overcladding means that a protective coating will be applied to the roof. It will prevent asbestos fibres from releasing into the air, making your home safe from this silent health hazard! 
Asbestos roof cladding is a preferable method for many homeowners. It’s a quick and more affordable process that lasts just as long as a full roof replacement or asbestos removal and rubber roof application.
To begin with, your roof will be carefully cleaned with a low powered hand pump. Moving forward, a structural stabiliser is applied to the asbestos roof to fill in small cracks and holes. They expand and settle to form a seamless surface that is
built to last. Our structural stabilising component is safe. It secures broken fixings that are at risk of asbestos discharge. Sealing the roof improves the structure of the entire roof while sealing in the asbestos fibres for good! 

The third and final stage of asbestos cover up entails applying a durable waterproofing layer to the roof. A waterproof barrier further strengthens the stabiliser. It’s spray applied so that the entire roof is evenly coated. Only ever hire roofing contractors licensed by the Scottish Environment and Protection Agency. (SEPA)

Asbestos Garage Roof Replacement and Removal

As an approved asbestos roof removal and replacement company, we efficiently handle the containment of asbestos. Installing an overclad asbestos garage roof is a multistep process.

First, any area that needs protection is covered with barriers. 

All waste and debris containing more than 0.1% asbestos are collected in legally compliant double bagged asbestos bags and disposed of in a safe environment using a registered SEPA code for each roof.
Garage Roofs Edinburgh Ltd. provide a professional asbestos roof cladding service for commercial and residential buildings. 

Asbestos Garage Roof Replacement Cost Edinburgh

The pricing of asbestos roof replacement can vary in different parts of Scotland. Due to high levels of competition in Edinburgh prices tend to vary greatly. We always advise the you get at least three quotes, as often people have told us our quote was more than £1000 cheaper than some of our competitors!

Additionally, the cost of removing and replacing asbestos garage roofs depends on several factors:

*Size of the garage (single/double)

*Pitch of the asbestos garage roof. 

*Accessibility/height of the garage roof. 

*Other materials such as downpipes, side sheeting, guttering, and internal
roof lining.

Replacing an asbestos garage roof in Edinburgh in 2021 starts FROM £1700 for a single garage, and FROM £2500 for a double garage.
Note that this is an average estimate and until we see your roof and conduct a survey there is no way to provide you with an accurate cost. 

Asbestos Garage Roofs in Edinburgh

Asbestos Garage Roof Reviews

"Did a brilliant job on my garage. Asbestos gone for good."
"Very satisfied so far with the work done . No wet garage! They came on time, finished within a few hours and cleared up afterwards. A good job well done."
"Very happy with my new garage roof this morning, best in the business !!😍"

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Garage Roof Company with a strong reputation

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.