The product that makes successful asbestos roof encapsulation possible.

Metro Industrial Roof Restoration Pty Ltd have maintained its relationship and exclusive use of Crommelins Fibroseal System for the binding of asbestos fibres on Super Six and Deep Six profile asbestos roofs throughout Australia.

The system consists of Crommelins  Fibroseal Topcoat, which is a waterborne, high-build elastomeric roofing membrane. Applied over the Fibroseal Primer which is also a waterborne, penetrating treatment. The primer is designed to soak through lichen and degraded asbestos, down to sound base material, binding these unstable elements.

Metro have long been Crommelins most successful applicator of Fibroseal, utilising top of the range airless pump technology, combined with experienced applicators,  to deliver the system efficiently and safely to Commercial and Industrial roofs. The accompanying photographs show a recent project, before and after encapsulation.

Figure 1 Before Encapsulation and repairs

Figure 1 Before Encapsulation and repairs



Figure 2 After Encapsulation, with new skylights and gutter repairs

Figure 2 After Encapsulation, with new skylights and gutter repairs



Active ingredients in the Fibroseal Topcoat also resist the growth of moss and lichen.

When used together with Crommelin Fibroseal Primer, the product forms part of the Crommelin Fibroseal® System, an accredited and proven encapsulation system used throughout Australia since 1990.

The Fibroseal System benefits are:

  • Encapsulate asbestos cement sheet fibres.
  • Avoid costly downtime associated with replacement of asbestos roofs.
  • Achieve significant reduction in roof cavity temperatures resulting in savings in building cooling costs.
  • Extend the service life of asbestos structures.
  • Water borne.
  • Resist algae growth.
  • Waterborne


Call Metro direct for advice regarding your asbestos roof, on 0418299039 or inquire through our contact page.


Many Reasons To Keep Your Asbestos Roof

An increasing trend over the past few years is to renovate your property before selling it to achieve the best sale price.

With thousands of properties with asbestos roofs, this can be a big issue for owners. With just two options available, the first, to completely remove the asbestos roof and replace it with another roofing system, or the second, which is to encapsulate the roof leaving it in place.

Not overcapitalising on your property at the point of sale is vital to ensuring the highest profit possible.

Utilising the repair and encapsulation process is the best way to do this as encapsulation costs are approximately 35% of the cost of removal and replacement.

We offer these photographs of a property in Sydney, which undertook to encapsulate the asbestos roof, in this case, firstly for aesthetic reasons and also because the encapsulation sealed the asbestos fibres on the roof surface, clearing any objections with regard to safety from potential purchasers.




Contact Metro direct on 0418299039 to discuss your asbestos roof requirements.

Many Reasons To Encapsultate Or Remove An Asbestos Roof

A recent inspection of an asbestos roof revealed the confusion and lack of knowledge with regard to the dangers of asbestos in the community.

Called to site because of roof leaks we found that yes, there were many roof leaks causing problems at this factory, but even a cursory inspection revealed bigger issues which were just not acknowledged, and were in fact putting all at the site in danger.



Firstly, as shown in the photograph, the roof was in the main “loose”, fixed to timber purlins, with the majority of the roof screws not attached and or rusted out. Our recommendation was that this roof has reached the end of its life and should be removed and replaced.

This photograph shows visible blue asbestos fibres in the surface of the roof sheets at this particular site.



Then inside….




This roof sheet was broken years ago, and an infill sheet placed to seal the hole, but the roof sheet has broken pieces, that would leave exposed asbestos fibres along the edges. Of course there is the danger of the broken pieces falling into the building, causing many safety issues.

This factory should act as a timely reminder to all building owners or persons who have control of a building, such as strata managers or anyone conducting  business in a property with asbestos roofs that you are required by law to identify all asbestos on the site, detail this in an asbestos register and develop and manage an asbestos management plan.

Penalties are severe, for failure to comply, $3,000,000 for an organisation , $600,000 for an individual and up to 5 years imprisonment.

For assistance with any of the issues raised in this information contact Metro Industrial Roof Restoration direct on 0418299039.

Super six asbestos roof ridge

Longevity Metro Industrial Roof Restoration

Continuing on our recent thread of Longevity, we had a discussion with our supplier of the Fibroseal Asbestos Roof Encapsulation system, Crommelin, who manufacture waterproofing and sealing products in Perth.

We discovered, after some research by Crommelin, that they are confident that they have supplied and installed in excess of 1,000,000 square metres of the Fibroseal Asbestos Roof Encapsulation system in Australia and South East Asia

Fibroseal is applied to weathered asbestos roofs, to seal and bind loose asbestos fibres to the surface. It was developed as an alternative, to the removal and replacement of asbestos containing  roof sheets such as Super Six and Deep Six, as well as standard corrugated asbestos roof profiles.

Metro have also supplied and installed the Fibroseal to some Church roofs with asbestos containing slate profile.

The system was first applied to State  government owned school buildings in Western Australia, in the early 1990s.

Crommelin have been in business since 1958 and have gone on, to become a leading manufacturer and supplier of construction products both here in Australia and worldwide. Crommelin and Metro Industrial Roof Restoration have forged a strong partnership for more than a decade, through mutual respect for each other’s organisation, based around the honest application of a great product.

Super six asbestos roof ridge

Super six asbestos roof ridge undergoing Asbestos Encapsulation at Chipping Norton











With the recent weather event on the east coast and more on the way, building owners and occupants can save themselves problems with water ingress by developing a maintenance schedule for their roofs.

The number one cause for water getting into buildings during these weather
events is blocked gutters.

Following on from the autumn weather, with trees dropping leaves, gutters can quickly become blocked causing the rain water to rise up and over the gutter into the building.

Get organised now if you are to avoid the cost and disruption of business caused by a lack of maintenance.

We include a photograph of gutters found blocked today, on a building in the Northern Beaches of Sydney the 16th of June 2016

Metro Industrial Roof Restoration Longevity

A few months ago, Metro had a call from a customer in Villawood Sydney, who encapsulated their business premises roof in 2005.

In 2005, Metro supplied and installed the Fibroseal Asbestos roof encapsulation system, to their workshop roofs. This followed a report on the condition of the Super Six profile roof sheeting, which stated that the roof should be removed or encapsulated, as the surface was deteriorating and secreting asbestos fibres into the environment.

The customer decided to encapsulate the roof and now, 11 years on, we have just completed a recoat application and offered the customer another ten year warranty on the encapsulation system.

Another happy customer, who was surprised that we were still around after 11 years!

Well, when you talk about LONGEVITY, Metro have been contracting since 1989 and Crommelin, who manufacture and supply the Fibroseal Asbestos Roof Encapsulation system have been in business for 58 years.


The recoat using a special primer and the Crommelin Fibroseal Encapsulation Topcoat in progress. (May 2016)

The recoat using a special primer and the Crommelin Fibroseal Encapsulation Topcoat in progress. (May 2016)

YES WE CAN!! – Metro Industrial Roof Restoration Pty Ltd



Metro want to advise the people who are responsible for the maintenance and safety of their asbestos roofs, YES WE CAN!!.

We have had so many people in recent months, tell us, they have been advised that, “we cannot get any roof sheets of the same profile anymore”.

This meant that these clients were being pushed into repair or removal situations that they did not require or need. Or worse, forcing them to spend additional money on a roof removal, when  a repair or restoration would do the job for them.


Metro have access to profiles of the roof sheets that were used to construct asbestos roofs.

This means that in most cases, an asbestos roof can be repaired and restored.

A recently restored asbestos, super six profile roof, with new roof sheets installed, prior to encapsulation.

restored asbestos, super six profile roof

Restored asbestos, super six profile roof with new roof sheets installed, prior to encapsulation.











2016 Advice for asbestos roofing

Advice for asbestos roofing.

Following the stormy start to summer here in NSW and other parts of Australia, the team here at Metro have been asked to look at some super six asbestos roofs, following “audits” customers had initiated through various companies offering asbestos services.

From the information gathered, Metro see a gap in the market for advice specific to asbestos roofing and will soon be offering a consulting service to clients who need to take the next step after receiving an “audit”.

This is because, while the audit can and does confirm the presence of asbestos our customers tell us they do not provide real , concrete advice, as to the steps to be taken, to actually fix the problem for the customer.

Metros team have gained their experience from installing asbestos roofs (U.K),and  removal. While  for the last ten years undertaking asbestos roof restorations, using the Crommelin, Fibro seal A.P.A.S. approved asbestos encapsulation 2016-01-19 10-14-24

Metro can provide the right information and even specification, as to how to fix and restore all aspects of an  asbestos roof, or when to advise that they be removed.

As with all of our services this will be available in all states and territories.

Metro Industrial Roof Restoration Pty Ltd

City To Surf 2015

Metro Industrial Roof Restorations principle, Peter O’Connell took part in the 2015 City to Surf.

Following a complete hip replacement in December of last year, Peter decided he would set a goal to test his recovery, while at the same time doing something for others.

As a long standing supporter of asbestos related causes Peter sponsored the Bernie Banton Foundation. Peter raised $2,875 dollars for the cause.

During the  years Bernie Banton spent as the public face for asbestos disease sufferers of Australia, behind the scenes, his wife Karen, very much ‘walked the walk’ with him.

She was every bit as passionate as Bernie for the cause, and even more so with his passing in November 2007.

It was this passion that led to the establishment of the Bernie Banton Foundation in 2009, to carry on Bernie’s legacy of advocating for the rights of asbestos related disease sufferers  and creating awareness about the dangers of  asbestos.

Working in the asbestos abatement industry, Metro Industrial Roof Restoration continue to provide an alternative to the removal and replacement of asbestos roofs. Metro repair and then encapsulate the roof surface, using Crommelins Fibro-seal system for Commercial and Industrial roofs Australia wide.

Asbestos roofs – are they a danger to health?


As evidence that fibres do become loose from the surface of asbestos roofs, the accompanying photographs show fibres ending up in recently cleaned box gutters at a site in Avalon NSW.

Asbestos cement sheeting undergoes a weathering process after many years of exposure and a loose surface layer develops which, on roofs becomes colonised with dark coloured lichen. The lichen, secreting oxalic acid, attack the cement, causing exposure of the asbestos fibre. The surface becomes unstable, the asbestos cement sheeting is weakened and the darkened colour causes a substantial increase in roof cavity temperatures.


The unstable nature of weathered asbestos cement surfaces is a cause of some concern in the community as white and blue asbestos fibres were used in the composition of asbestos cement sheeting. In the 1980’s the use of asbestos was discontinued in the production of fibre reinforced cement sheeting, but the ageing existing roofs continue to deteriorate.

Metro Industrial Roof Restoration are the number one installer of the Fibroseal system in Australia, and have the full and complete backing of the system manufacturer Crommelin, to assess, specify and carry out asbestos encapsulation installations Australia Wide