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Ceiling tiles and the adhesive (glue pods) used to install them have historically contained asbestos in some cases, and the type of asbestos used can vary. The most common type of asbestos found in ceiling tiles and adhesives is chrysotile, also known as white asbestos. Chrysotile was widely used in construction materials due to its flexibility and heat-resistant properties.
When it comes to ceiling tiles, asbestos was added to provide strength and fire resistance. The asbestos fibers were typically encapsulated within the tile material to prevent fiber release unless the material is damaged or disturbed.
As for adhesive products like glue pods, asbestos was sometimes used to enhance the adhesive’s durability and heat resistance. The presence of asbestos in adhesives became a concern as it could become friable (easily crumbled) over time, leading to potential fiber release during renovations or other activities that disturb the material.
Asbestos-Containing ceiling tiles
It’s important to note that the use of asbestos in construction materials declined significantly in the 1970s as awareness of the health hazards associated with asbestos exposure increased. If you are working with older buildings or undertaking renovations that involve the removal or disturbance of plaster or skim materials, it’s crucial to take precautions to prevent the release of asbestos fibers.
Disturbing asbestos without proper precautions can pose serious health risks. Follow safety guidelines and local regulations when dealing with potential asbestos-containing materials.
Contact our Modern Pros office to discuss how we can help to secure a safe and healthy environment in your residential home or commercial building.