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Box Gutter Maintenance

Recently, Metro were asked if we could fix a problem which was allowing birds into a factory, which was producing food grade items. An initial suggestion by the tenant was that we take some bird wire “up on the asbestos roof” and cover any holes.

On inspection, refer to the photographs, the job required a little more than that. The point of the tale is that a previous need by the tenant to get some ventilation into the building, was met by “lowering some of the saw tooth wall glass to leave a void at the top of the roof”.

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This worked a treat to allow air in and out, and birds!

However, what it also did was allow debris, which can be clearly seen to include asbestos fibres washed down into the gutter from the asbestos roof surface to accumulate over time, behind the glass, which now sat in the gutter. On our inspection, this had rusted out many metres of what were perfectly serviceable box gutters, and required a professional clean up and repair process.

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This shows the need for the right advice to building owners and tenants, and to be able to foresee the consequence of one action over another.

If you are reading this and have any of these issues with your asbestos roof, feel free to call us anytime for timely guidance, on which path to take to make your asbestos roof safe and viable long into the future.

A recently encapsulated roof in Melbourne, using the Fibroseal asbestos roof encapsulation system manufactured by Crommelin in Perth W.A.

Metro Industrial Roof Restoration head into 2015 with a full order book

Following many years of marketing and job application of the Fibroseal asbestos roof encapsulation system, Metro have gained a core of corporate customers who see and understand the value proposition that is associated with asbestos roof encapsulation, rather than roof removal and replacement.

Along with the complete roof services Metro provide for restoring asbestos roofs, which include skylight replacement, box gutter renewal, metal flashing and back trays, we are able to offer for commercial and industrial customers a ten year warranty on the asbestos roof encapsulation system.

With the encapsulation system in use for 22 years in the field it is field proven, was certified by the C.S.I.R.O with its Australian Paint Approval Scheme certification 1720/2.

A recently encapsulated roof in Melbourne

A recently encapsulated roof in Melbourne, using the Fibroseal asbestos roof encapsulation system manufactured by Crommelin in Perth W.A.

Metro Industrial Roof Restoration in the community

Unbeknownst to many people, Metro’s Principal, Peter O’Connell has a had a long standing association with charitable foundations that assist people affected by asbestos related diseases.

The Bernie Banton Foundation, which promotes awareness and education regarding all forms of asbestos in the community, launched its Mobile Asbestos Education and Awareness Unit at the ACT Legislative Assembly on Tuesday September the 2nd, before a crowd of politicians and families who have lost loved ones to asbestos-related disease.

Metro Industrial Roof Restorations Principal, Peter O’Connell was among the invited guests, seen here with Karen Banton and Rod Smith with the education vehicle, which will tour the country raising awareness of asbestos issues.

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Bernie Banton was a former James Hardies worker, who was the face of the legal battle for compensation with James Hardies, before he succumbed to Mesothelioma seven years ago, when he was honoured with a State Funeral in NSW.

His wife, Karen, is carrying on his life’s work, founding the Bernie Banton Foundation, having remarried a fellow asbestos campaigner Rod Smith, who lost his wife, Julie, to mesothelioma in 2011.

Bonded Asbestos Roofing is long lasting

A recent photograph taken at Metro Industrial Roof Restorations current site, shows three different roof sheets, adjacent to each other.

Bonded Asbestos Roofing

From the left we can see a super six profile roof skylight sheet made from the latest fibreglass technology.

The middle sheet , which is   super six profile, but does not have asbestos as a component, was produced when asbestos was banned in the late eighties. This sheets asbestos was replaced with cellulose fibres. The asbestos sheet is forty plus years old while its replacement is only 20 plus years old and it is fretting badly.

The sheet on the right hand side of the picture is a super six sheet with bonded asbestos. This sheet is still in reasonable condition and in fact will outlast it’s replacement, on its left.

Bonded asbestos products are long lasting and serve their purpose well. Once encapsulated, these roof sheets will be rendered safe and will in fact prolong the service life of the building.

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Metro in Melbourne

At Metro Industrial Roof Restorations current site, we show that no matter the location, it is attention to detail that provides our customers with the peace of mind that their asbestos issues are dealt with professionally.

We have inspected many sites where asbestos roof repairs and encapsulation have been undertaken, but not all areas of the roof, including roof vents shown here have not been dealt with.

Metro’s encapsulation services cover all components of an asbestos roof, including roof vents as seen in the accompanying photographs.

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Metro Current restoration project, Lansvale Sydney

At Metro Industrial Roof Restorations current site we have undertaken to:

Remove and replace with new, super six profile roof skylights. Some tenants utilised the Ampelite Coolite product for a noticeable reduction in heat transfer from the skylight sheets.

Supply and install custom made flashings and back trays to cure leaks and provide  long term protection.

Encapsulate the roof surface using Crommelins Fibroseal encapsulation system, which now has a field record of twenty two years use, Australia wide.

See photographs of building one, of four completed.

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Crommelins Fibroseal encapsulation system

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Metro supply partners to provide increased benefits for customers

Metro use supply partners to provide increased benefits for customers.

At Metro Industrial Roof Restorations current asbestos roof restoration project, in Lansvale, Sydney, we are undertaking the asbestos encapsulation of four separate buildings, in a complex tenanted by various small businesses.

The project brief includes the repair of cracked roof sheets, supply and install metal back trays and roof ridges, encapsulate the asbestos roofs, using the Fibroseal system from Crommelin in Western Australia, and remove and replace a total of 320 roof skylight sheets.

The industrial roof skylight sheets Metro use and recommend are supplied by Ampelite. The majority of the unit holders have accepted the use of Ampelite’s standard super six profile asbestos roof skylight sheet.

However, Ampelite’s range of products provides for super six skylight roof sheets, known as “Cool-lite” that provide diffused light with low heat transmission.

Several of the unit holders, expressed interest in reducing the amount of heat entering their unit through the existing skylights and from the roof itself.

After on site discussion with Metro staff, the unit holders decided to utilise the benefits of the Ampelite Cool-lite sheets,  Interestingly those who have opted for the Cool-lite are in the food manufacturing business with internal cool rooms fitted.

Call 0418299039 to discuss your asbestos roof restoration with Metro, as you can see we have the knowledge and supply partnerships to work with you to eke every benefit out of your roof restoration.

Fibro Asbestos Roof

Fibro Asbestos Roof

Metro Industrial Roof Restorations knowledge and experience assists building owners to address Asbestos in the workplace issues.

At a site in Milperra in Sydney’s West, we were able to show a building owner how to comply with the directives of a building report received from his insurance company with regard to the condition of the fibro asbestos roof.

The insurance company prior to reinsuring wants the owner to provide compliance with the recommendations  of reports on the condition of the roof surface. Tests showed that the surface has broken down and asbestos fibres are at the surface and being released into the environment.

The photograph of the gutter line at the building shows bundles of asbestos fibre, (confirmed by a NATA registered facility).

In these situations there are really only two choices available to a building owner and that is to remove and replace the roof or encapsulate the roof with an encapsulation coating.

In this instance the owner went with the encapsulation alternative for a number of reasons.

The first was cost, at the present time they are unable to afford the removal.

Secondly the owners plan to demolish the building within the next 5-7 years and develop the land, so they did not want to over capitalise on their investment.

The encapsulation coating used by Metro and manufactured by Crommelin in Western Australia has an encapsulation warranty available for Commercial and Industrial Applications

Metro use supply partners to provide increased benefits for customers

At Metro Industrial Roof Restorations current asbestos roof restoration project, in Lansvale, Sydney, we are undertaking the asbestos encapsulation of four separate buildings, in a complex tenanted by various small businesses.

The project brief includes the repair of cracked roof sheets, supply and install metal back trays and roof ridges, encapsulate the asbestos roofs, using the Fibroseal system from Crommelin in Western Australia, and remove and replace a total of 320 roof skylight sheets.

The industrial roof skylight sheets Metro use and recommend are supplied by Ampelite. The majority of the unit holders have accepted the use of Ampelite’s standard super six profile asbestos roof skylight sheet.

However, Ampelite’s range of products provides for super six skylight roof sheets, known as “Cool-lite” that provide diffused light with low heat transmission.

Super six skylight roof sheets or Cool-lite

Several of the unit holders, expressed interest in reducing the amount of heat entering their unit through the existing skylights and from the roof itself.

After on site discussion with Metro staff, the unit holders decided to utilise the benefits of the Ampelite Cool-lite sheets,  Interestingly those who have opted for the Cool-lite are in the food manufacturing business with internal cool rooms fitted.

Call 0418299039 to discuss your asbestos roof restoration with Metro, as you can see we have the knowledge and supply partnerships to work with you to eke every benefit out of your roof restoration.

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Metro complete 12,000m2 hail damaged asbestos roof restoration

This week, Metro Industrial Roof Restoration, completed the supply and installation of the Fibroseal Asbestos roof Encapsulation system, to the roof of a company in Sydney’s West.

The roof was hit by a hail storm which chipped the roof sheets, the hail blocked the gutters and downpipes and asbestos fibres were washed into the building, up and over the back of the gutters.

The facility underwent an operation to remove the asbestos from inside, and the owners then decided to encapsulate the roof to seal the asbestos fibres. This was a viable alternative to roof removal and replacement.

With some minor roof repairs and the removal and replacement of 200 lineal metres of asbestos eaves gutter, the facility is now cleared for reoccupation. The encapsulation work proceeded without affecting the internal operations, so business was resumed within a short period of time.