Can Asbestos be found in my garage?

In the 1990’s asbestos was commonly used in various building materials, including those used in sheds and garages.
Here are some areas in a garage where asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) might be present:
Insulation: Asbestos was often used as insulation around pipes, ducts, boilers, and heating systems. If your garage has older insulation materials, particularly those that appear fibrous or have a gray or white appearance, they could contain asbestos.
Roofing materials: Asbestos was used in roofing materials like shingles, corrugated sheets, or cement panels. If your garage has an older roof, especially if it has a textured or slate-like appearance, it could potentially contain asbestos.
Walls and ceilings: Asbestos-containing materials were commonly used for textured coatings, such as popcorn ceilings, spray-on insulation, or wallboard joint compounds. If your garage has these types of coatings, they may contain asbestos.
Flooring: Vinyl floor tiles, particularly those manufactured before the 1980s, could contain asbestos. These tiles often have a distinctive pattern and are 9 inches by 9 inches or 12 inches by 12 inches in size.
It’s important to note that the presence of asbestos cannot be determined by visual inspection alone. Even if the materials mentioned above appear to be asbestos-free, they could still contain asbestos fibers that are not visible to the naked eye.
Therefore, if you suspect the presence of asbestos in your garage or any other part of your property, it is advisable to have a professional asbestos inspection conducted.
At Surrey Asbestos Surveys we collect samples for laboratory testing and provide accurate information regarding the presence of asbestos.

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