Hi we are looking to buy a property in France soon , a lot of the houses we see have these diamond asbestos / concrete roof tiles. Can anyone give us any info on these and how dangerous are they if broken . Thank you
The same level of danger as the corrugated asbestos cement roofing sheets which are common everywhere.
White asbestos usually at less than 10 % content, not hazardous unless worked, ie drilled, sawn, sanded, ground, or cut so as to produce fine dust etc.
Confirmed as we recently had work done by a contractor in one our barns which has a similar roof and they said no precautions needed unless you make dust.
I disagree; the law is specific - if you have these tiles they are perfectly safe and usable until you want to replace them. Then you are required to use a specialist contractor to remove them. It is a costly business.
Thank you both for your comments
"I disagree; the law is specific - if you have these tiles they are perfectly safe and usable until you want to replace them. Then you are required to use a specialist contractor to remove them. It is a costly business."
What is it that I posted that you are disagreeing with?
Lets face it lads. If it was your roof and you wanted to replace it, are you going to stress about how specific the law is regardless of cost to yourself? I know what I'd do.
Futter, I think that you used a contractor and not a specialist contractor..
It really depends on how old the tiles are,they are still readily available here to buy new so doubt if the new ones contain any asbestos at all.
If you take them off to replace them then the problem is with disposal,they have to be bagged and taken away by a specialist firm.
I have not found a tip that will accept asbestos in Cote d'Armor.There will have to be a diagnostic report done before the purchase which will pinpoint asbestos,lead etc on the property.
"Futter, I think that you used a contractor and not a specialist contractor.."
Please read the post - the contractor was workiing IN the barn with machinery - not on the roof.
Sorry Fitter,that is not in your original post and obviously has no relevance to the question asked.
he's a pedant, ignore. And Dick, if you think you can flytip these and get away with it or others might think of it, don't.The penalty for disposing of these tiles incorrectly and by any means other than using a 'specialist contractor' is extremely high.
Thanks for all your advice
I didn't mention fly-tipping, and yes I'm sure that if you are caught "the penalty for disposing of these tiles incorrectly and by any means other than using a 'specialist contractor' is extremely high".
When we bought our previous house the roof had been renovated in 1996 .it had corrugated sheeting under the clay roman tiles. The diagnostic said that there was a possibility of asbestos in the corrugated sheeting. My builder said no it was not possible and he was happy to cut a hole for a velux. I did some research and found that some manufacturers were still putting asbestos into this type of product up until 1998. Take care
The answer to this conundrum is simple Do not buy a house with these tiles if your are worried about it There are loads of houses for sale at the moment so only look at those without these tiles