Asbestos is still a very important topic when it comes to buying old houses or properties. Although the government has banned asbestos and asbestos-containing material (ACM), but many industries incorporate asbestos in multiple construction products, including ceiling tiles. Why? Because they have so many benefits, they are fireproof and soundproof. Therefore, the houses and properties built before 2000 might contain asbestos in their ceilings and walls because they were fire-resistant. Asbestos was known by the name “magic material” as they were fireproof. Although the manufacturers know the exposure to asbestos still, many schools, universities, warehouses, hospitals, and offices use asbestos ceiling tiles. In our last article, we have already discussed asbestos and its types. Today we will talk about how to identify asbestos in ceiling tiles. Now, why here we mention ceiling tiles. This is because the industries use a large number of asbestos fibers in ceiling and wall material. But the most important question here is how we will identify asbestos-containing ceiling tiles? You cannot identify the asbestos ceiling tiles just by looking. You need to use different ways to identify them. This is what the topic is about. This article will tell you 5 proven ways to identify asbestos ceiling tiles. So let’s get started.
The first way to identify asbestos ceiling tile is to look at the ceiling tile material. There are different types of materials used in ceilings like gypsum, perlite, mineral wool, fiberglass, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), clay, cellulose, drywall, and starch. Identifying whether your ceiling tiles contain asbestos or not depends upon which material your ceiling tiles are made up of.
Usually, the spray-on textured ceilings contain asbestos. These ceilings were very popular in the 1950s because they could hide imperfections perfectly. Some of the popular spray-on textured ceilings are
These ceilings contain 1 to 10 percent of asbestos in them.
The second way to identify asbestos ceiling tiles is to look for a manufacturer’s stamp and statement. You can find the manufacturer stamp on the back of the tile, or you might find it in the records. Check the company name and website. According to law and standards, they will show a statement on whether they use asbestos in their products.
For your help, there are some of the companies that use asbestos in their products:
· Flintkote Company
· National Gypsum
· Owens-Corning Fiberglas
· United States Gypsum
· Armstrong Corporation
· Affa Tile Company
It’s very difficult to identify asbestos ceiling tiles by the naked eye. Still, according to our research, asbestos ceiling tiles are generally light in color or have a mild texture. You will notice a powdery appearance with a small pinhole marking when you see them closely. So, if your ceiling tiles’ material looks soft and powdery, there might be a chance that they contain asbestos. Moreover, the asbestos ceiling tiles come in square and rectangular shapes in 2 x 2 and 2 x 4 sizes.
The fourth way to identify asbestos ceiling tiles is to look at the age of a building or the property. The buildings built after 1999 do not contain any asbestos ceiling tiles. However, if you suspect that your building has asbestos-containing material (ACM), you can carry out an asbestos survey.
The last step is to look at the age of the ceiling. If your house or building is renovated after or around the year 2000, it’s not possible that your ceiling tiles have any asbestos. However, if they were installed between 1920—1999, there might be a chance that they contain asbestos, and it’s better to submit a sample for testing.
Yes, popcorn ceilings were used in the early 1940s and contained 1 to 10 percent asbestos.
In 1999 the UK government banned the use of asbestos in all ceiling types, including popcorn ceilings.
The best way to tell if your textured ceiling has asbestos or not you need to carry out a professional test.
To remove the asbestos popcorn ceiling, mix the liquid detergent with the water and spray it on the popcorn ceiling. Make sure that your ceilings should be thoroughly wet. After that, just scrap the ceiling to remove it.
To identify asbestos floor tiles, see
-> When was your home built?
-> If your floor looks oily, greasy, and discolored.
-> If the tiles are 9, 12, or 18 -inches in size
-> If the flooring adhesives are black.
Asbestos is a highly toxic element, but as it is fire-resistant, many manufacturers and companies continue to use it in the manufacturing of the ceiling tiles. Above there are some ways you can identify asbestos ceiling tiles, but as we all are aware of the health dangers, it is always best to seek professional help to stay safe from asbestos which can cause cancer and other health conditions.
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Fred Wilson was always a good science student in school and college, and therefore has always known about the health risks introduced by the Asbestos mineral. After completing his education, he eagerly enrolled into environmental hazards evaluation, and completed his Asbestos Risk Assessment training recently. He has since surveyed countless houses, businesses and buildings to detect leftover traces of Asbestos, and recommended ways to exterminate this threat to responsible people.
The keen passion of Fire Safety Risk Assessment is to offer professional services, delivered in a timely manner. For all businesses, commercial premises & landlords, FSRA keeps your businesses safe controlling the risk of loss from fire hazards, asbestos risks and from legionella bacteria.