The inspection and maintenance of roofs is important and spring is as good a time as any to clear your gutters and valleys of leaf debris. In fact we believe your home maintenance schedule should run on a season to season reminder system. The reason we’re so fond of metal roof sheeting is because you don’t get the same safety hazards and potential for disaster as what you find with Asbestos and concrete tile roofs, for that matter.
For one, Asbestos roofs are usually pretty old and can crack if you walk on them, so if you are the proud owner of a vintage roof, always clear your gutters from the safety of a tall ladder.
We did a pre-purchase building inspection recently in Miami. Besides the fact that it was raining at the time, the roof of the house was an Asbestos sheeted roof. This makes it very dangerous to actually get onto so our inspection was conducted from afar.
Touching asbestos and being around it isn’t actually dangerous, unless it is broken or cut the fibres are released into the air to be inhaled. More detailed information on asbestos is contained in this Information Sheet http://www.works.qld.gov.au/downloads/tdd/asbestos-info_about.pdf
Besides the hazard of cracking, when it’s wet or windy like it has been lately, don’t get up on your roof at all – whatever it is you want to do up there can usually wait until conditions are less hazardous!