It was normal for buildings in the 19th and 20th centuries to be constructed using asbestos materials,
with asbestos siding the most common of all. People did realize the dangers of asbestos but could barely link their
home siding with any form of danger until early in the 80s when experts began questioning safety of the
Should you have doubts about your ancient building containing asbestos in the siding; the following
information will be of great help to uncover any problem.
In a home built years dating back to 1980 and before, chances are asbestos materials were part of the components
that were used to build the house. If by chance there is still the siding at the outside of the house, it must be
thoroughly checked for any form of mutilation. If everything is well in place, you do not stop there. Leave it
undisturbed and immediately seek the services of a qualified engineer to take care of it, failure to which you
might end up getting exposed to asbestos.
You must assess your siding for additional information about its manufacture and if there is no
information, it is highly likely it is an asbestos siding because materials manufactured after 1980 contained
compulsory codes to ascertain there was no asbestos involved.
Sidings resembling roofing shingles were used exclusively before the year 1980 when asbestos was still
very popular in manufacture. To ascertain the presence of asbestos, the paper on the front or rear usually has some
rough feel or coarse texture, which exhibit asbestos presence.
After the ban of asbestos manufacture, companies still continued using the same substance but this time
around they completely manipulated product looks to resemble asbestos-free sidings. Better safe than sorry, if you
are not sure about whether what you have is asbestos siding or not, you better call an expert to clarify the
Asbestos health risks
Asbestos siding can be neglected with the mentality that it bears very little amount of asbestos. This is a
grave misconception and must be abolished forthwith as asbestos is very fatal even when inhaled in very small
quantities. Most patients suffer from mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancers among other chronic respiratory
disorders due to minor intake of asbestos.
Removal of asbestos from a siding can only be done by a professional with a government license. Trying to get rid
of asbestos without the right authority is a punishable offence because it is an act of suicide as well as putting
other people to risk.
Asbestos has been said to be dangerous only when damaged, but the ordinary eye may not tell whether
asbestos siding is damaged or not. It is therefore advisable to put on protective masks when coming near any
asbestos containing material or building.
It is very possible to insulate asbestos with another cover/layer to maintain it in position and avoid it
dispersing to the air.