History of Asbestos with House Architecture

History of Asbestos with House Architecture

There tons of different construction materials used for construction whether it’d be for business infrastructures or just homes for families.  By the late 19th century, nations around the world were operating massive mines to meet a burgeoning demand for the mineral. Manufacturers used the majority of the output from these mines to produce construction materials, including asbestos cement and insulation for buildings and machinery.


The most common construction materials that had Asbestos were:

  • Flooring, ceiling and roofing tiles were commonly made with asbestos. The adhesive used to lay down flooring tiles has also been a source of exposure.
  • Asbestos-containing cement was used in building materials because the fibers provided strength without adding much weight. Its insulating and fire-resistant properties also made the mineral an ideal substance to add to cement.

And Asbestos materials were quite common just before different regulations and laws about the prevention of it’s usage came close to year 2000’s. Another thing about it is that it’s difficult very difficult to identify the presence of asbestos just by looking at it. As a general rule, certain building materials installed before the late 1980s may contain asbestos. However, the only way to be certain is to have a sample of the material analyzed by a laboratory.

For certain at one point Asbestos was quite commonly used by majority of the countries around the world due to it being cheap, durable, flexible and fire-resistant. And mass production of it was inevitable.

Though over the years eventually people discovered that Asbestos was potentially harmful and tons of different regulations from different countries was passed for the Asbestos. And studies of Asbestos done over the years were also a big part of the laws and regulations that eventually allowed Asbestos to be not be used for construction over some countries like Australia among others.


Types of Asbestos

There are six type of widely known Asbestos. And each type belonged to one of the two category which are :


Out of the all the asbestos, there is only one that goes under the group of Serpentine, more known as the “White Asbestos”. This category of asbestos has a structured and curly fibers.

Despite being only a only one Asbestos in the group Chrysolite’s are the most used Asbestos in the world.

  • Chrysolite is commonly utilized for Gaskets, Cement , Insulation, Brake Pads, Brake Linings, Joint Compound and Roofing Materials.


All the other 5 types of Asbestos belong to the Amphibole group. This group of asbestoshas a long chain-like structure of fibers that are sharp and straight and easy to inhale.

  • Amosite Asbestos known as the “brown” asbestos, not used nowadays but was once second mostly commonly used Asbestos.
  • Crocidolite Asbestos known as the “blue” asbestos has a much harder and more brittle than other types of the mineral and can break easily.
  • Anthophyllite Asbestos is one of the rarest types of asbestos and does not have a long history of commercial use. Traces of anthophyllite may be present in talc and related products such as talcum powder.
  • Tremolite Asbestos are strong, flexible, heat-resistant, and can be spun and woven into cloth in which makes it useful for commercial uses.
  • Actinolite Asbestos is an asbestos who’s mostly dark coloured. Typically used with the similar mineral vermiculite, which expands when heated. Can be found to be used as construction materials, for gardening, insulation, fireproofing etc.

Despite having different types of existing Asbestos. It is undeniable that all of them present a health risk. Each from the other may present different risks and may require different levels of exposure for the worker to be in harm but it not possible to avoid the risks as long as a worker is exposed to any type of Asbestos at a workplace.