Apr 9, 2003, 7:05 AM
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I wouldn't discount asbestos roofing until you find out more of the facts. I'd guess that more than 50% of the entire system of water distribution in the United States is done with asbestos pipe. The asbestos is mixed with various materials including a pigment that may last longer and not create any problems whatsoever. The big problem with asbestos, are the fibers entering the lungs. That ocurrs when people work in asbestos plants, or work in some job where there is the possiblilty of breathing the fibers. Most of the lawsuits, in the past, came from folks who worked at the asbestos plants for MANY years. Asbestos was also used as part of a spray on insulation to insulate ductwork in schools and other buildings. In those cases and the way the asbestos was used in the mixture, it constantly broke down and created asbestos dust (the dangerous stuff). The newer composite asbestos/portland cement/polymers roofing appears to be very strong, UV resistant and may serve your purpose better than putting a metal roofing that may possibly add too much Zinc to your rainwater. Check it out.
(This post was edited by Esteban on Apr 9, 2003, 7:06 AM)