Why Does Roofing Felt Lead To Flat Roof Asbestos Problems?

Some types of roofing felt used in flat roofs have been made with asbestos causing concerns about exposure to this carcinogenic (cancer-causing) substance. Hire a licensed contractor to deal with your flat roof asbestos problems. There is a risk of further contamination during asbestos removal if proper precautions are not taken.

What Is Roofing Felt?

It is a building material consisting of a thick paperboard product saturated with asphalt and often coated with mineral grit on both sides to keep the layers from sticking together. Some of these products have been made with asbestos paper to boost the moisture, pest, and flame-resistance quality of the roofing material. Asbestos roofing felt can be used under shingles to provide a moisture barrier, but is more frequently used to construct a "built-up" flat roof system.

How Can Asbestos In Flat Roofs Be A Problem?

When products containing asbestos are disturbed, the tiny fibres (of asbestos) get released into the air and may be breathed in. These fibres can get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time. Over time, the accumulated fibres cause scarring and inflammation, which can affect breathing and lead to serious health problems.

These health problems may include:

  • Asbestosis - a scarring of the lungs that makes breathing difficult
  • Mesothelioma - an otherwise rare cancer of the lining of the chest or abdominal cavity
  • Lung cancer
  • Cancer of the larynx
  • Ovarian cancer
  • There is also evidence that asbestos can cause cancer of the pharynx and stomach

Who Is At Risk Of Asbestos Exposure With Roofing Felt?

  • Roofing contractors who install and repair flat roofs
  • Maintenance workers responsible for the upkeep of flat deck roofing systems
  • Demolition workers
  • Property owners and occupants
  • Store associates who may have handled roofing felts containing asbestos

If you suspect that you have flat roof asbestos problems, schedule a professional testing by certified inspectors. It is the only way to determine whether or not your flat roof contains asbestos and needs removal.

Do you require flat roof asbestos removal services? Call Asbestos Environmental Of Canada today at 416-985-5025.

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