Test roofing materials for asbestos before demolition, repair or roof replacement projects begin

In 2013, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) in California released Consumer’s Guide to Asbestos who warned that almost every building contains some form of asbestos. The same document reports that some roofing shingles were made with asbestos and that consumers should avoid disturbing these products unless the roof needs to be replaced due to normal wear and tear.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, asbestos fibers have been added during the production of roofing and cladding materials to strengthen them, increase their durability, and provide a limited amount of insulation and fireproofing. They list asphalt roofing felt, asphalt roofing shingles, cement roofing shingles, roof underlayment, sealants, and flashings as some of the roofing materials that may contain asbestos. .

“Asbestos-containing roofing materials can still be found on many residential, commercial and institutional buildings,” said Michael Chapman, laboratory manager at LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Unfortunately, virtually every roof on a house or building will eventually need to be repaired or replaced. If the roof was built at any time up to the early 1980s, it may contain asbestos. Exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer over time. Roofing materials are rarely labeled as containing asbestos, so the only way to know for sure if it is present is to have it tested.

Contractors and homeowners have access to fast and affordable asbestos testing at LA Testing. With multiple locations, LA Testing offers laboratory services to detect asbestos from bulk materials as well as industrial hygiene and environmental samples. They also provide sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits, and personal protective equipment (PPE). These services help protect workers, building occupants and keep businesses in compliance with regulations.

To learn more about asbestos or other building science, labor, health and safety services, please visit www.LAtesting.com, email [email protected] or call (800) 755-1794. To access asbestos and other environmental test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.

About LA testing

LA Testing is California’s leading lab for indoor air quality testing for asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, charcoal, ash, and smoke damage , particles and other chemicals. Additionally, LA Testing offers a full line of air sampling and investigation equipment to professionals and the public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple labs throughout California, including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro, San Diego and Ontario.

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