What Does Asbestos Look Like?

Years ago asbestos was a commonly used material in commercial and industrial construction. However, in the 1970s products that were made from asbestos were banned because of the negative health effects linked to the material. 

Often in the process of renovations, homeowners unknowingly come across asbestos when knocking down ceilings, walls, or floors. By exposing asbestos, you can risk the health of yourself and your family. 

If you know how to identify asbestos, you can timely take charge and call for an asbestos removal company. In order to do that, you need to know what asbestos looks like. We’re sharing how to identify asbestos and where you can expect to find them. 

Is Asbestos Dangerous For Health?

Asbestos can pose a danger to anyone who inhales them. When construction products made of asbestos are damaged, their fibers become airborne.

Prolonged exposure to asbestos can damage lung tissues and cause different cancers including mesothelioma.

How To Identify Asbestos?

All asbestos is fibrous. There are several types of asbestos, each defined by the appearance of fibers. With the differentiating factor of color, there are three variations of asbestos: blue, brown, and white.

Blue asbestos is called crocidolite and is the most dangerous type. Its fibers are extremely thin and can be identified by their blue color.

Brown asbestos is called amosite and is the second most common type of asbestos. These fibers are light and small and can be distinguished by their brown color.

White asbestos is chrysotile. This form of asbestos can be identified by its curly fibers and layered structure.

What Does Asbestos Look Like in Different Parts of a House?

Asbestos can be found in different building materials in various parts of your house. You need to be able to identify them accordingly. 

Attic Insulation

An attic is a common place where asbestos can be found. Homeowners often discover brown-colored insulation in their attic. This is no ordinary insulation but the presence of asbestos.


Since drywalls are an alternative to lath and plaster, they can frequently be found in homes. However, if you drill into drywalls containing asbestos, you unknowingly release asbestos fibers into the air. 

Vinyl Floor Tiles

In the 1950s asbestos was a common material found in vinyl floor tiles. If you decide to renovate and replace vinyl floor tiles, you may expose asbestos-containing adhesives. 

Pipe Insulation

Older plumbing systems can be wrapped with asbestos. People who want to upgrade to fiberglass insulation, often try to cut old insulation. Cutting into this pipe insulation can lead to the release of asbestos fibers into the air. 

Textured Ceiling

During remodeling or renovation projects, people often decide to get rid of their textured ceilings. However, many textured finishes contain concealed asbestos. Scraping off textured finishes releases asbestos fibers into the air which can then be easily inhaled. 

Contact Us Today For Asbestos Removal

If you’re worried you’ve discovered asbestos on your property, you need to take prompt action. Prime Demolition works with you side by side in order to do all that’s required for your safety and the safety of your family or employees. With many years in the industry, we have the necessary tools and equipment for this type of project, and we follow strict procedures and regulations.

If you need any help with asbestos removal, contact Prime Demolition today for a free quote. In most cases, we can complete the process in one to two weeks, depending on the situation. Call us now at   919-751-6100 or fill out the form below.

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