Durable Polycarbonate Awnings, A safe Alternative To Asbestos Awnings

16-Nov-2011 | News-Press Release

Asbestos is commonly a white, brown, or blue fibrous mineral that has many practical applications, but is also a potent and deadly carcinogen. There was a rise in the use of Asbestos in the 19th century among manufacturers and builders after they discovered its good sound absorption and its resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage asbestos was used for the construction of roofs and awnings.


Asbestos comes in six different variations and was one of the world’s most valuable resources for thousands of years. In the 20th century, doctors discovered the dangers that asbestos posed to people. Since this discovered it is no longer used for awnings, instead products such as a polycarbonate awning are used which increase durability and performance. Asbestos can be very hazardous when the fibres become disturbed. If the asbestos fibres become airborne and are inhaled the fibres can cause many illnesses. If an area has asbestos in it, it needs to be carefully monitored to make sure that the particles do not become disturbed and that the area remains safe. Manufacturing and processing of asbestos is prohibited in South Africa because of the health concerns.


A few years ago all South African schools that had asbestos roofs or awnings were ordered to remove them. Most home owners also replaced their asbestos awnings. Including awning covers into the design of the awnings which improved the look and feel of the home. Awning covers can be supplied by the awning company that installs your awning or can be purchased later. Your best bet is to purchase the awning from a reputable awning company in Johannesburg.


At awning companies you can get different types of awnings and accessories at various prices that are in line with what you need. Unlike asbestos awnings these awnings are 100% safe for humans. The increased global temperature due to global warming has meant awnings are going to become increasingly popular. For the safety of your family if you have an asbestos awning remove it and replace it with a polycarbonate awning of your choice.


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