Many buildings built before the 1980′s are plagued with asbestos issues, specifically in roofing materials, walls, floors and insulation. Avoid exposure by staying away from the affected area.
While there has been a significant decrease in the use of asbestos when installing roofing, any building before 1980 should be fully inspected. Some of the commercial materials that may have asbestos include shingles, felts, sealants, decking, coatings, adhesives and underlayment.
In order to fully determine if your roof has asbestos, you need to hire a professional contractor who can bring the samples to a lab. Once the property has been inspected, asbestos abatement specialists have to come in for removal. After this, homeowners can proceed with any roofing or remodeling projects.