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What Types Of Asbestos Materials Are There?

Asbestos insulation board (AIB)

This is commonly found as a fireproofing and insulation purpose in uses such as:

Fire proofing panels in fire doors
Partition walls
Ceiling tiles
Lift shaft and pipe linings
Soffits
Panels below windows

Asbestos can also be found within textured decorative coatings on walls and ceilings. In the past the leading brand was Artex, however this is not the only type that is in circulation.

Asbestos cement roofs

Asbestos cement is a mixture of chrysotile (white asbestos) and traditional cement. This is then moulded, compressed and shaped to produce a wide array of cement products for different applications. Asbestos cement roofs are mainly made from corrugated asbestos sheets of cement, which are often large in size. Often found on industrial or agricultural buildings, but can also be found on garage roofs and sheds roofs.

Asbestos wall cladding

This has a shape and structure similar to roof sheeting, and is often found on walls/as walls of buildings with asbestos cement roofs.

Asbestos downpipes and gutters

Asbestos downpipes and gutters are often attached at the end of cement roofs in warehouse, industrial and agricultural buildings.

Asbestos cement flues

These are often located within domestic boiler systems, ventilation systems and air conditioning systems.

Asbestos cement, pitch fibre water and sewer pipes

It is common for drainage pipes, such as water and sewage pipes to be made from pitch fibre asbestos cement. Due to its lightweight and easy to handle characteristics, asbestos cement was added to provide additional strength.

Floor tiles, textiles and composites

Asbestos floor tiles was traditionally a popular choice for flooring. Today, in older residential properties it is often concealed by carpets. In older industrial and commercial properties, historical tiles left in situ may need to be removed as comprehensive refurbishment renovations are undertaken. Asbestos floor tiles were once a popular choice for flooring, and you will often find old asbestos floor tiles hidden under carpets.

Asbestos fibres

Can be found in textiles such as fire blankets and heat resistant gloves.

Asbestos composites

Can be used in older toilet cisterns, window sills, and bath panels.

Asbestos paper

Was used for lining under tiles and inside metal cladding.

Sprayed asbestos coatings

Sprayed asbestos coatings can be found on the underside of roof, the insides of side buildings and warehouses. It is often used as a fire protective coating.

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Additional information regarding asbestos can be gained from the government portal: www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos

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