Where do you find asbestos?
Asbestos was used routinely in many construction materials as early as the mid-1800s right up to its prohibition in the UK in 1999.
Materials where asbestos was commonly used included:
Asbestos insulating boards
Asbestos papers and linings
Textiles, ropes and yarns
Textured decorative coatings
Composite materials such as floor tiles and bitumen products
Common uses for these materials within buildings included:
Thermal loft and cavity insulation
Sprayed fire protection to structural steel
Thermal insulation to pipework & boilers
Textile insulators within fuse panels
Textured coatings to walls and ceilings
Composite floor tiles, toilet cisterns & sink pads
Some materials were used for a variety of different applications.
Asbestos insulating boards were frequently used as:
Wall panels, door linings, door heads and footer panels, fire breaks, soffit boards and structural cladding among many other uses.
Cement products were vast in their range and included:
Cement roof sheets, wall panels, gutters and drainpipes, paving tiles, roof tiles, windowsills, flue pipes and even plant pots.
The range of uses for asbestos was so wide and varied that it is impossible to be certain that your property is completely free from asbestos. Which is why it is so important to undertake a suitable asbestos inspection using trained and experienced asbestos consultants.