What is asbestos? What is asbestos used for?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral in the Earth. Asbestos is heat-resistant and is used in insulating and fire-resistant materials. Many residential and commercial buildings contain asbestos in their structure, whether in spray-applied retardant, thermal system insulation or other various materials. It is used in more than 3,000 building materials because of its strength and insulation qualities. Some of the more common asbestos containing materials (ACM) are acoustic and textured wall and ceiling treatments (such as popcorn ceilings), floor tiles, sheet vinyl flooring, drywall materials, plaster, stucco, roofing and pipe and tank insulation. Production of these asbestos containing materials for residential structures was banned in 1978 in the U.S. Therefore, it’s imperative to have any suspected material tested if the structure is built before 1978.