Was Asbestos Paper Ever Used On Roofs?
Just about everyone now knows the dangers of being exposed to asbestos. Most notably, it can cause mesothelioma, which is a type of cancer in the lining of the lungs. Unfortunately, it was a very popular material that was used for decades to strengthen cement and other materials, as well as to increase fire resistance. It has been commonly found in insulation, walls, and other structural areas of the home, but was it ever used on roofs?
Asbestos was indeed used in roofs for several decades. From the 1940s to the 1970s, asbestos was used in tar paper as well as in shingles and tiles to increase strength and fire resistance. The risks of having asbestos in your roof is worth having it removed. It must be done right, however, which is why you should call a professional to have it removed. If done incorrectly, it can even damage your heath during the removal process.
If you had a home that was built during the period of the 1940s to the 1970s or a roof that was installed during this time, you should have your roof inspected to check if asbestos was used in the construction of the roof.
If you have any further questions for us regarding asbestos and/or scheduling an inspection, give us a call at (918) 558-ROOF (7663).