Types of Asbestos


When you are having a demolition in Vancouver, it is common to hear the term asbestos, asbestos removal, or asbestos abatement.

Asbestos is a dangerous building component that was commonly used mostly for structures that were built prior to year 1970s. This building material has numerous excellent properties such as good sound insulation and dependable heat resistance that’s why it’s easy to see why many manufacturers decided to add it to the construction materials they produce.

Asbestos was discovered to be highly dangerous to our health causing serious health problems such as cancer. As a result of this discovery, asbestos was then banned in many countries. In Canada, many have stopped producing construction materials containing asbestos as early as 1979.

There are various types of asbestos, and each type can be harmful. This is why for demolition of Vancouver based properties, particularly the ones constructed during earlier times, inspection and testing for asbestos is necessary before the demolition takes place to prevent any health risks to anyone who will be close to the location of the property to be torn down.

It would be useful to know the types of asbestos and the building or house materials they are commonly used in.

Chrysotile Asbestos

Also known as white asbestos, Chrysotile asbestos has amazing durability and resistance to heat. Chrysotile is also versatile and fiber like that it may be turned into textile materials.

Crocidolite Asbestos

Sometimes referred to as blue asbestos, Crocidolite asbestos can be compared to Chrysotile asbestos because of its fibrous properties. However, Crocidolite is much more durable than Chrysotile – although it doesn’t have the same heat resistance as Chrysotile asbestos.

Amosite Asbestos

Brown asbestos is another name for Amosite asbestos. This type of asbestos is naturally resistant to heat as well as breakage. Amosite is frequently used for insulation materials and is considered to be one of the most toxic types of asbestos.