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COLD WEATHER ROOF TROUBLE
COOLING LOAD REDUCTION by ROOF VENTS
DEBRIS STAINING on ROOFS
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HAIL DAMAGED SHINGLES
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HOT ROOF DESIGNS: Un-Vented Roof Solutions
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RUBBER, EPDM, PVC ROOFING
SADDLE CONSTRUCTION at CHIMNEYS
SIDING TYPES, INSTALLATION, DEFECTS
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SNOW GUARDS & SNOW BRAKES
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STAIN & BIODETERIORATION AGENT CATALOG
STAINS on & in BUILDINGS, CAUSES & CURES
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STAIN DIAGNOSIS on ROOFS
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STANDARDS for ROOFING
STONE CLEANING METHODS
STRESS SKIN INSULATED PANELS
TEST LABS - ROOF SHINGLE
Thermal Expansion Cracking of Brick
THERMAL EXPANSION of HOT WATER
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THERMAL IMAGING, THERMOGRAPHY
THERMAL IMAGING MOLD SCANS
THERMAL MASS in BUILDINGS
TRUSS UPLIFT, ROOF
TRUSSES, Floor & Roof
UNDERLAYMENT REQUIREMENTS on ROOFS
WALK-ON ROOF SURFACES
WARRANTIES for ROOF SHINGLES
WIND DAMAGE to ROOFS
WOOD SHAKE & SHINGLE ROOFING
WORKMANSHIP & ROOF DAMAGE
ZINC METAL ROOFING
Guide to asbestos cement corrugated roofing: this article provides a photo guide and text that can identify the condition of cement asbestos roofing products like asbestos-cement roof shingles. We discuss how to identify corrugated cement asbestos roofing and how to treat this material when found on a building. Also see CORRUGATED ROOFING and see see ">Duralita Roofing Alternatives for an example of cardboard-reinforced cement roofing products that include corrugated roofing panels.
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Asbestos cement roof shingles were in popular use in the U.S. from the 1920's (est) through the 1960's (est) and were sold in the U.S. into the 1970's and according to some sources even in the 1980's.
The mixture of asbestos fibers and portland cement to form a hard material that was was durable and fire resistant is credited to Ludwig Hatschek who, in 1900, came up with the name Eternit associated with a U.S. producer of these products.
The typical life expectancy of an cement asbestos shingle roof was given as 30 years, But we have seen these roofs that were now 50 years old in good condition. Typical roof wear or failure patterns are either failure of the shingle fasteners or broken and falling shingles.
Virtually all of the asbestos cement roof shingle inspection points, installation limitations, and environmental concerns which we discussed at Guide to Cement-asbestos roof shingles also apply to corrugated asbestos-cement roofing products.
OPINION: The lichens growing on cement-asbestos roofing (photo at left), especially this thick corrugated material, is probably less of a wear concern than when that material appears on asphalt shingles or roll roofing.
Do not try to walk on this material without taking the same precautions as if accessing a slate roof: the material is easily damaged by foot traffic.
Also see our articles at ROOFING INSPECTION & REPAIR
Watch out: As we discuss at Power Washing Roofs we do not recommend power-washing asbestos-cement nor any other roofing. See Black Stain Removal & Prevention for advice on diagnosing, cleaning, and preventing stains on roofing.
The risk of high levels of airborne asbestos from cementious roofing products is probably very low unless the workers are using power equipment like sanders and saws on these substances.
According to NRCA, the National Roofing Contractors' Association, their studies up to February 1992 had not found a single roofing job at which these limits were exceeded, and NRCA reported that in some cases no fiber release was detected. But it appears that the association may have been referring only to asphalt-based roofing materials, not jobs involving the demolition of other ACRM such as cement-asbestos roof shingles (or "asbestos roof tiles" as some consumers refer to them) which might produce different statistics.
See ASBESTOS MATERIAL REGULATIONS and ASBESTOS REGULATION Update that address the handling of asbestos containing building materials, including ACM (asbestos containing materials), PACM (presumed asbestos containing materials), SACM (suspect asbestos containing materials), and ACRM (asbestos containing roofing materials). Also see our articles at ROOFING INSPECTION & REPAIR
Contemporary roofing product manufacturers make reinforced fiber-cement roofing shingles and other roofing products which look like, perform similarly to, and need to be installed similarly to the original corrugated asbestos-cement sheet roofing - but these new products are free of asbestos. (Photo at left: author points to new fiber cement roofing product.)
As we explained in our discussion of cement asbestos shingles, the replacements for corrugated asbestos cement roofing products are reinforced with a variety of fibers including fiberglass.
Other replacements for asbestos-cement roofing use both different fibers and a different aggregate (perlite) to replace the asbestos. Some of the substitute products have been in use for more than 30 years (2008).
Sources of modern fiber cement corrugated roofing (non-asbestos):
For handling and disposal guidance concerning old roofing material contact the US EPA, your state Department of Environmental Protection/Conservation, or your local building and health departments.
Also see our articles at ROOFING INSPECTION & REPAIR
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about identifying & maintaining or removing asbestos cement corrugated roofing
Question: What should I do about corrugated fiber cement roofing on my home - is it asbestos? Is it dangerous?
I just bought my house. It was inspected a friend who saw my roof, photos [above and below] and who says it is asbestos. Can you tell by looking at a photograph if this is an asbestos-cement roof ?
Reply: It depends ...
A competent onsite inspection by an expert usually finds additional clues that help accurately diagnose a problem or that can more accurately estimate the age and thus the chances that your corrugated roof is an asbestos-containing product.
That said, here are some things to consider:
Those questions can also help answer your question about asbestos roofing.
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