Exploring the Current Use of Asbestos in Roofing: Durability, Risks, & Longevity

Increased safety and less noise when experiencing weather conditions such as rain are just some of the reasons many builders and homeowners previously opted to use asbestos in their roofing projects. However, fires associated with the mineral caused environmental agencies, government officials, contractors, property owners, and others to stop using asbestos products. Nevertheless, those stances have changed and legislation has been overturned, and the mineral is still imported from various countries and used for many projects, including roofs.

Increased Durability

While the use of asbestos in siding materials and roofing has declined considerably since the 1980s, the mineral is still used due to its increased strength and durability. It’s often referred to as non-friable, meaning the material is hardened and cannot be disturbed by various types of pressure. For example, a cement roof made with asbestos is so strong that it can generally be left in place until it’s no longer watertight. If you notice the roofing sheets becoming corrugated in your roof, its durability could decrease.

Potential Risks

In addition to fire-related safety risks, many companies stopped using asbestos because it was being linked to different types of cancers as well as other serious diseases. When the material was banned in some countries and no longer used as much in places with approval, more research was conducted by health protection agencies worldwide. The objective was to identify the most toxic fibers to avoid when it came to roofing, siding materials, and other projects using asbestos.


When using asbestos, roofs are expected to last up to 30 years without needing replacement. This is one of the many benefits contractors and homeowners consider when using asbestos in roofing and siding. While you need to monitor the tiles and shingles, ensuring all are in good condition, the materials typically last longer, reducing the need for removal or replacement and lowering your long-term costs. When properly fitted and well maintained, a roof containing asbestos can have expanded longevity without compromising your property or health.


There are various types of asbestos, some of which you can remove yourself. However, it’s always best to speak with specialists from remodeling companies, as these professionals can remove the asbestos safely or make proper adjustments. The most common materials builders use are chrysotile, amosite, and anthophyllite. Chrysotile is also known as white asbestos and accounts for most of the asbestos in products such as brake pads, gaskets, cement, adhesives, and tiles. Anthophyllite and amosite are also very popular and the most common types of amphibole asbestos, with minor or no risk of exposure to medical conditions. These are associated with brown asbestos used in roofing, fire protection, insulation, vinyl tiles, and more.

To learn more, speak with a professional contractor. A contractor can help you decide if you should take up remodeling and explain how to incorporate safe, durable, dependable, and affordable materials for the long run. 

Whether your home project involves roof repairs, bathroom renovation, or full home remodeling, you can rely on the team from Forever Builders for outstanding workmanship and exceptional service at affordable rates. From planning to completion, we’ll help you create the beautiful home you’ve always dreamed of. To find out more about our exceptional roofing, renovation, and remodeling services, give one of our friendly team members a call today.

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