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Places to find Asbestos

Worried about asbestos in your home and the common places to find Asbestos? Below we have listed some of the places to find asbestos typically in buildings in the UK.

Asbestos is often found in properties built or modernised before the year 2000. Previously to 2000, asbestos was commonly used as an ingredient for materials designed for the building trade to use for building fire protection,  making it commonly used in many older buildings in some form or another.

The HSE have highlighted some of the most common places asbestos, or asbestos containing materials can be found.

Asbestos can often be found in the following locations:

Sprayed Coatings:

Common location: Underside of roofs, Sprayed onto steelwork as fire protection.
Appearance: Often grey or white with a rough surface, however often painted over.

Asbestos Cement:

Common location: Used for a wide range of products including roof panels, wall cladding, gutters, pipework and flues.
Appearance: Often grey in colour, hard and compressed and formed into products.

Loose-Fill Insulations:

Common location: Cavity walls, under flooring and in roof spaces.
Appearance: Loose, fluffy and often blue-grey or white in colour.


Common location: Often found in or on heating systems e.g. boilers or calorifiers and around pipework.
Appearance: many different appearances often a fibrous material which flakes and powders easily. Commonly painted over.

Asbestos Insulating Board (AIB):

Common locations: Partition walls, panels in fire doors, lift shafts, ceiling tiles soffits, panels below windows.
Appearance: Normal building items often very difficult to differentiate from non-asbestos materials.

Textiles and Composites:

Common locations: Asbestos textiles can be found in fuse boxes, old fire blankets and heat resistant gloves Asbestos composites can be toilet cisterns and seats, window sills, and bath panels. The asbestos paper used for lining under tiles and inside the metal cladding.
Appearance: These are not distinctive and often similar to modern equivalents, often require specialist identification.

Floor Tiles:

Common locations: A popular choice for flooring, now often found hidden under carpets.
Appearance: Very similar to modern vinyl floor tiles, often requiring testing.

Textured Coatings:

Common locations: Often used to produce decorative finishes on ceilings and walls.
Appearance: dependent on the particular decorative finish hard and were originally white in colour but have often been painted over.


If you are concerned that you may have asbestos in your building, then firstly DONT DISTURB IT, then call Safeline on 01299 251083 or contact us here

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