Home Renovation Blog
Expert renovation tips and information about Home Additions and quality Renovations
Most of us know that Asbestos was a commonly used building product in Australian homes in the past – primarily in homes built prior to 1980.
Asbestos has since been identified as a dangerous product that has been responsible for causing fatal lung diseases in many unfortunate people.
Thankfully, the mining of Asbestos is now banned, and the use of Asbestos as a building product is also banned.
There are now strict rules and regulations that we must all comply with – to ensure our safety, and safety of others – when removing Asbestos from existing homes .
According the WA Health Dept:
‘Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring minerals found in rock formations. Three types of asbestos were mined in Australia: white, blue and brown asbestos. Large deposits were mined in Western Australia and New South Wales.’
Asbestos fibres were used as the asbestos fibres were strong, heat resistant and had insulating properties. These qualities made Asbestos an ideal product to combine with cement products.
Many houses built before 1980 commonly contain asbestos materials. In fact, Asbestos was only completely banned in 2003, so any home built prior to that may also contain Asbestos.
Asbestos was historically used in areas around the home such as the eaves, internal and external wall cladding, ceilings, backing material on vinyl floors, and areas such as bathrooms, laundries, and fences and more*. *this list is not exhaustive!
Over time it was discovered that breathing in asbestos fibres was a major cause of several serious lung diseases.
Once the fibres had been breathed into the lungs, they would remain there and cause inflammation and scarring, and lead to the development of fatal diseases such as Lung Cancer, Asbestosis, and Mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer).
Mining of Asbestos has stopped, and this dangerous substance has been banned from use in Australia since 2003.
There are now strict rules and regulations around Asbestos and its safe removal and disposal from existing buildings. Asbestos removal is only permitted to be done by an authorised person.
If asbestos has been detected in your home, an asbestos removal professional MUST be engaged to remove and dispose of it safely. DO NOT attempt to remove it yourself.
Are you not sure whether you have any asbestos? Again, contact a professional to make an assessment.
1. There are no safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres.
2. Asbestos only poses a risk to health if asbestos fibres are breathed in and undisturbed asbestos cement materials do not pose a health risk.
3. Absestos material that is damaged, disturbed or crumbling may release fibres into the air and is a serious health risk.
Where possible we identify the presence of asbestos in the planning stages of your home improvement and renovation project. We then schedule the professional removal and disposal of the asbestos very early, before it is disturbed by other trades.
Safety of everyone working on your home improvement project is of paramount importance, and we follow the government guidelines to the letter.
Should any hidden asbestos be identified after construction or demolition has commenced, the site will be shut down. All trades will be sent off-site until it is professionally removed and disposed of by an Asbestos Removal professional.
“ I was fortunate to have Steve, Kelly and the team at Amerex build my extension.Cymbie Mt Lawley
They are a professional, highly skilled, approachable business with exacting standards and the ability to work with you from the planning stage to completion.
This professionalism extends to all who come on site. Kelly's capable and warm project coordination ensures that everything runs like clockwork and all your queries are dealt with extreme efficiency.
Very Happy! ”
“ We completed our first home renovation in North Perth with Amerex last year. We were undertaking a large two storey renovation of our dream home and the decision to choose Amerex came down to the high level of professionalism, expertise, excellent customer service and vast knowledge that Steve and the team displayed in character home renovations.Laila North Perth
We had not renovated in the past and we were very unsure of the process however Amerex staff spent a lot of time assisting us with the design process, they were always available to answer our enquires, provided valuable suggestions, were extremely patient and completed our project ahead of schedule.
We would highly recommend Amerex as we have ended up with a beautiful home that displays excellent workmanship and a highly functional design. The home is exactly as we imagined it to be and our family and friends have all complimented on the amazing final result.
We thoroughly enjoyed the building process with Steve and the highly skilled Amerex team and extend a big thankyou to all the staff who helped us along the way!! ”
“ We signed up with Amerex for a very big renovation, bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom - the lot. We wanted to keep the look and feel of our character home in the extensions. Amerex were the right choice for that. They have an eye for detail and took the time to make sure things were done right. We've been very happy with the quality of their work.Ben Inglewood
We found Steve to be very responsive and professional. He kept the whole project moving along. We were complete novices going into the whole process and he took the time to go through the details so we could make more informed choices.
Would definitely recommend Amerex to anyone wanting to renovate. ”
“ From the first meeting with Loretta from Amerex until the final check we have enjoyed the experience with Amerex. They have taken our words and ideas and built them into a quality finished home extension that is functional and everything that we had hoped for.Phil North Perth
The entire team at Amerex lead by Steve are friendly, reliable, use quality materials and produce a quality outcomes.
Our extension has the “wow” factor and guests comment on the exceptional open plan design that is built to entertain.
We are very happy with the final finish and would highly recommend them to anyone. ”
“ Steve and his team took our conceptual design and made our vision a reality in very quick time with practical completion of this major renovation within 7 months of the start date. The site supervision was tight which meant that the work progressed easily between the various trades.Christine Wembley
What is more, the estimated cost of the job was accurate with variations only to suit changes that we required. The outcome was a home that delivers so much more than we expected in terms of comfort, quality and our initial objectives.
It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Amerex to anyone who needs the services of a truly professional builder/renovator. ”
“ Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality.Rachel Woodlands
Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues.
The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble. ”
“ It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation.Eric and Kris Mt Lawley
From Steve Burke, to the office staff and all of the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service.
The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home.
Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. ”
A member of the Amerex team will arrange a time to discuss your
renovation and additions project and assess what stage you are at in the building process.
PO Box 328, North Perth WA 6906
ABN: 67 009 252 680 Builders Registration: 10250