What You Need to Know About Asbestos on Your Roof

Before 1976, nearly 98% of homes in Victoria were built with materials containing asbestos. In addition, 20% of residential roofs contained asbestos. Asbestos was commonly used for roofs in particular due to its fire-resistant and durable nature. Although asbestos isn’t used in building materials today, asbestos roofs and products weren’t banned until 2003. Since asbestos roofing can last for over three decades, many houses that were originally built with asbestos roofing have the same roofs today. If your home was renovated or built before 1990, you may have some harmful asbestos products in your home. While asbestos isn’t dangerous unless airborne, homeowners should never try to touch or attempt an asbestos replacement on their own. Only asbestos specialists should handle asbestos-containing materials because they can cause major health risks if not treated properly.

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