Asbestos Roofing Felt

Does roofing felt contain asbestos?

Manufacturers added asbestos to the roofing felt up to 1992, after which the UK banned it.

Not all roofing felt contains asbestos. It is more likely to be non-asbestos.

The only way to know for sure is to have it tested.

Where is Roofing Felt Used?

Asbestos roofing felt was often used for garage roofs, outbuildings and under roof slates.

Builders also used it as a damp proof course (DPC).

What does it look like?

Roofing felt can take many forms, from whole rolls to small shingles.

It is not easy to know which type contains asbestos. have a sample tested for asbestos.

In the meantime, it is safer to presume it contains asbestos.

How dangerous is this?

Working with any asbestos can be dangerous.

Roofing felt containing asbestos is classed as a low-risk material. Because there is only a small amount of fibres (up to 10%) and the fibres are bound in the bitumen, they will not release many fibres when removing the roofing felt.

As long as the material is in good condition and not releasing fibres, there is no need to remove it.

Is it safe to remove it?

Working on the roofing felt would be classed as non-licensed removal.

People who carry out any work on asbestos materials must receive the correct information, instruction and training.

The asbestos essentials website has a task sheet that instructs contractors how to remove asbestos roofing felt.

How to dispose of asbestos waste?

Asbestos must be double wrapped in heavy-duty plastic wrapping.

Household rubble sacks are allowed as long as the asbestos double wrapped and sealed within the bags.

The asbestos essentials task sheet has further information on asbestos waste.

Find the nearest waste transfer facilities that can take asbestos waste by following this link.