Asbestos is a mineral that was widely used during the 1930s to 1980s in a range of building materials as it made them more rigid and fire resistant. This means homes can contain some asbestos material such as roof tiles, fascias and soffit boards, heat insulation around pipes, textured coatings on ceilings and floor tiles.
Asbestos is safe if left undisturbed and undamaged.
A number of our homes may contain asbestos. Whitefriars has an Asbestos Register and can tell you whether there is a record of asbestos being present in your home. If we do not have any record, we will survey your home and may take samples of materials.
If the asbestos is damaged, we may arrange for specialist contractors to remove or repair it. If it is in good condition and undisturbed, we may leave it alone.
Be careful not to damage asbestos as it could release fibres into the air, which can be dangerous if breathed in. If you are carrying out DIY or other building works to your home, seek advice before you disturb anything you think may contain asbestos.
Any new materials that we use when carrying out repairs or improvements to your home will be free from asbestos, however some modern materials can look similar to asbestos. It is usually older products that can contain asbestos. Loft and cavity wall insulation do not contain asbestos.
If you believe you have asbestos material that is damaged in your home, let us know. Do not try to remove it yourself.