The use of asbestos in building construction materials was phased out in New Zealand in the late 1980s. The New Zealand government banned the importation of asbestos products in 1984 and asbestos was phased out of use by 1987.
However, asbestos products that were already in the country at the time of the ban were still able to be used until supplies ran out, so we often find asbestos in homes and buildings constructed later than these dates.
Asbestos products were commonly used in construction, such as asbestos-cement sheeting, sprayed asbestos insulation, and asbestos textured coating, which was widely used on ceilings and walls.
It is important to note that, even though asbestos was phased out by late 1980s, it may still be present in some buildings constructed or renovated before that time. If you suspect that your home or building may contain asbestos, it is important to have it inspected by a professional to determine the presence and location of asbestos.
Contact a reliable and professional asbestos removal company that has the skills and expert team that can come to your premises and inspect and remove and asbestos materials that may be present in your residential or commercial property, never try to do it yourself.
Do old ceiling tiles have asbestos in them?
Ceiling tiles are one of the building materials that may contain asbestos. Prior to the 1980s, asbestos was commonly used in ceiling tiles because of its fire-retardant properties and ability to be easily cut and shaped.
Therefore, ceiling tiles manufactured before the 1980s may contain asbestos. However, not all ceiling tiles from that period contain asbestos, it’s important to have a professional inspect them to confirm.
It is important to note that, even though asbestos was phased out by late 1980s, it may still be present in some buildings constructed or renovated before that time, and therefore, it is still possible to find old ceiling tiles with asbestos in them.
If you suspect that your home or building may contain asbestos, it is important to have it inspected by a professional to determine the presence and location of asbestos
Never try to remove the ceiling tiles yourself as asbestos fibers can break off and get into the air which could make its way into your body.
Always ensure that you have a qualified and trained asbestos removalist come out and check, monitor and identify if your ceiling tiles contain asbestos and they will be able to remove them and dispose of them in the safest way possible.
cost of removing asbestos ceiling
The cost of removing asbestos from a ceiling can vary depending on several factors such as the size of the area, the type of asbestos, the accessibility of the area, and the regulations and procedures that need to be followed.
On average, the cost of removing asbestos from a ceiling can range from $1,000 to $4,000 for a small area such as a single room. However, the cost can increase significantly for larger areas or for more complex removal projects.
Additionally, some factors that can affect the cost of asbestos removal include:
- The type of asbestos: Some types of asbestos are more difficult to remove than others and may require specialized equipment or procedures.
- The condition of the asbestos: If the asbestos is in poor condition and is releasing fibers into the air, the removal process may be more complex and costly.
- Accessibility of the area: If the asbestos is located in a hard-to-reach area, such as a high ceiling or a crawlspace, the removal process may be more expensive.
- Regulations and procedures: The cost of removal may also be affected by the regulations and procedures that need to be followed, such as obtaining permits and providing clearance certificates.
It’s important to note that cost should not be the only factor when deciding whether to remove asbestos. The safety of workers and the public must always be the top priority, and therefore, it’s important to hire a licensed and trained professional to handle the asbestos removal job.