Should You Paint Or Remove Asbestos Roof Tiles

Before you read on ahead to find out the answer to whether you should paint or remove asbestos roof tiles, we recommend you consider speaking directly to an asbestos removal expert instead of researching online.

While there is a wealth of articles online that will provide you with advice and suggestions regarding the best means of dealing with asbestos roof tiles, nothing compares to having a fully trained and licensed asbestos expert providing you with personalised advice. For the best assistance and advice in Sydney, visit the asbestos removal Sydney website and book an appointment with the team at D & J Kelly Building Co. For almost 15 years, the team at D & J Kelly Building Co have been assisting commercial, industrial and residential property owners deal with complex asbestos problems.

Engage the services of a professional asbestos contractor and rest assured knowing that all work is completed by fully insured licensed professionals that are following industry standards.

Now to discuss some of the most commonly asked questions regarding asbestos roof tiles.

How To Identify Asbestos Roof Tiles

The most common kind of asbestos roofing in Sydney is a form of corrugated asbestos known in the industry as "Super Six". 

It can be very hard to differentiate old asbestos roof tiles with aged slate roof tiles. Realistically, visual inspection is not a safe way of identifying the composition of your roof tiles. The only conclusive means of identifying asbestos roof tiles is having them sample tested in a laboratory.

An asbestos removalist can take a sample from your roof tiles and have it tested in a NATA laboratory. This will provide you with reliable data highlighting the composition of the roof tiles. Once you can identify whether your roof tiles are asbestos or slate you can then create a plan to either remove the asbestos roof tiles or paint the slate roof tiles.

Is An Asbestos Roof Dangerous?

Asbestos fibres are microscopic. The most dangerous way of coming into contact with asbestos is through inhalation into the respiratory system. Airborne asbestos, also known as friable asbestos, poses a high risk as it can be absorbed through the mucous membranes in the throat and lungs. This inhalation can lead to asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Due to the high risk of severe disease, all appropriate safety measures should be followed when dealing whenever there is a risk of exposure to asbestos-containing products.

Can I Remove Asbestos Roof Tiles Myself?

In New South Wales there is a complex framework of legal requirements regarding DIY asbestos removal. For the latest updates, consult the SafeWork Australia guide to Safe Removal of Asbestos.

Some key points include:

- In NSW as long as you take the appropriate safety precautions, you are permitted to remove a maximum of 10 square metres of bonded asbestos.

- Any loose or friable asbestos must be removed by a qualified asbestos removalist.

- If you are removing bonded asbestos, thorough safety protocols must be followed including wearing complete Personal Protective Equipment.

The safest option to remove asbestos-containing products is to call your local asbestos expert. They have the training, experience and skills to safely and efficiently remove hazardous products from your property and dispose of them in a responsible and legal manner.

Can You Paint Asbestos Roof Tiles?

Asbestos should not be sanded, scraped, scrubbed or generally irritated. Hence, painting asbestos roof tiles is out of the question.

By attempting to paint your asbestos roof tiles you will irritate the surface which can cause the asbestos fibres to become airborne which is when they can then enter the respiratory system and cause major damage.

Before you consider undertaking any maintenance, repair or demolishing of your asbestos roof, consultation with a professional asbestos removalist is essential. When you consider the massive health and safety risks when dealing with asbestos-containing products, it is easy to see the necessity of engaging the services of a professional who has the expertise and equipment to deal with the problem.

Do You Have An Asbestos Problem?

If you are facing a problem with asbestos in your property, be it minor or major, do not hesitate in contacting the industry experts at D & J Kelly Building Co. Over the last 15 years, the team has established a reputation for offering class-leading service

Offering a complete range of asbestos services, D & J Kelly Building Co takes the stress, hassle and fear out of dealing with asbestos in your property.


With an impressive base of satisfied customers throughout the greater Sydney region, D & J KellyBuilding Co has established a reputation as one of the premier asbestos companies in Sydney.

If you would like to talk directly to an asbestos removal expert regarding removing your asbestos roof tiles, feel free to can Dan and the team at D & J Kelly Building Co today.

They will happily provide you with evidence-based advice that will help you prevent exposure to any hazardous substances as well as outline the best options for your unique circumstances and budget.

Servicing commercial, strata and domestic properties in Sydney, Western Sydney and Rural NSW, D & J Kelly Building Co are your local asbestos experts.  

Asbestos Removal Sydney

Address: 61 Francis St, Richmond NSW 2753

Phone: 0414 733 357


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