The Ever-lasting Roof Tile
In 1901 Ludwig Hatschek patented his fibre cement invention and named it ‘Eternit’ based upon the Latin term “aetemitas” – meaning everlasting. Hatschek patented the process of making asbestos shingles in Europe and the patent was reissued in the United States in 1907. After his death the company Eternit was born and became one of the world’s largest makers of asbestos shingle products.
In the UK we generally refer to them as roof slates or tiles, instead of shingles. They can be found on roofs or on the side wall of properties. Produced extensively in the UK from around the 1960s through to 1980 these tiles were designed to offer a good standard of fire protection and were lighter in weight than traditional slates or corrugated asbestos roofs. They generally contained Chrysotile (white) asbestos or occasionally Amosite (brown) asbestos.
Many of these were produced at the Everite factory in Widnes, Cheshire. They can be seen throughout the UK on all types of residential and commercial properties. They come in a variety of sizes and colours such a grey and pink and are treated in the same way asbestos cement products are treated.
Our photograph above shows the effects of someone who had try to clean off the moss and lichen by brushing with a stiff brush. No work should be carried out on this type of product with the appropriate level of training, PPE and risk assessment. Certainly no work should be carried out that actively damages the product. Using high powered jet wash techniques should be avoided as this can cause the fibres to migrate inside a building.
Our surveyors have sampled roof tiles which are none asbestos but found the corresponding ridge tiles to be an asbestos product. We have also seen evidence of poor asbestos roof tile removal techniques, where these tiles are damaged and are present in the roof or ceiling voids.
If you are in any doubt about your roofing product then have a survey professionally undertaken prior to any remedial works.
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If you are concerned that your property’s roof tiles may contain asbestos, then it is crucial that you identify a solution as soon as possible.
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