Commercial Asbestos Encapsulation – you will find asbestos in a large proportion of commercial UK buildings. However, once a staple product used in the construction industry, it’s now to be avoided at all costs.
But if you’re considering buying a commercial building with asbestos present or suspect your structure contains asbestos, the solution may be simpler than you think.
Why is Asbestos Dangerous?
Asbestos is a group of six silicate minerals made up of millions of microscopic “fibrils” that are released when damaged or disturbed.
Due to its fire-resistant and insulative properties, asbestos was once considered a “mineral miracle” and widely used in construction.
However, we now know that the presence of asbestos can be a health risk to occupants of a building.
Asbestos is responsible for around 5000 deaths each year. Yet, in buildings built before 2000, it is still common.
Asbestos fibres are discharged into the air when asbestos-containing materials are disturbed or destroyed. If inhaled, this can cause serious illnesses.
These illnesses often aren’t immediately apparent; they can take a long time to manifest.
However, by the time of diagnosis, it’s typically too late. This is why building owners and managers must take immediate precautions if they suspect the presence of asbestos.
What To Do With Asbestos?
The default solution to dealing with asbestos is often to have it removed.
This can be incredibly costly and hugely disruptive. A qualified professional must carry out the asbestos removal, and the area will need to be isolated for the duration as fibrils will be released into the air.
While effective, the removal of asbestos isn’t always the best option. You can save time and money by utilising advances in liquid waterproofing through asbestos encapsulation.
What is Asbestos Encapsulation?
If you identify asbestos in commercial premises, it may simply need to be contained rather than removed; this process is known as asbestos encapsulation.
Coating the asbestos with a durable, protective layer creates a seal to protect the material from damage. This, in turn, prevents harmful fibrils from entering the air.
Best Products For Asbestos Encapsulation
WIDOCRYL-PM TEN is the perfect product for commercial roofs as it encapsulates asbestos and waterproofs simultaneously.
A two-component Poly Methyl Methacrylate (PMMA) based waterproofing resin, WIDOCRYL-PM TEN is suitable for a multitude of application areas. Cold applied by brush or roller, it will adhere to practically all substrates, often without the need for a prime coat.
Reinforced with polyester fleece, WIDOCRYL-PM TEN creates a permanently elastic membrane that is shower-proof in just 15 minutes.
Contact our team of industry specialists today to discuss asbestos encapsulation.