Could you have asbestos fibers in your attic?

Vermiculite insulation was popular in Canadian residential attics between the 1940s and 1990s.

The most common brand was Zonolite, a trademarked name of a product sold as attic insulation. Vermiculite insulation looks like thousands of lightweight grey-brown or silver-gold accordion-like granules. It lies flat and firm in the joist cavity, as opposed to loose-fill fiberglass which tends to puff up above the joists. If your attic insulation looks similar then there is a strong possibility it may be contaminated with asbestos.

If you find vermiculite insulation in your home do not attempt to move it or stir up any dust particles. Asbestos is a dangerous mineral fiber that will easily become airborne, and can cause serious lung diseases such as asbestosis or mesothelioma.

The best advice after finding vermiculite insulation in your home is to leave it alone and stay out of the attic. However if you’re planning on renovating or performing any major roof repair, all possible precautions should be taken. The best and easiest solution to protect your family and living space is to call Stutters for an inspection. If our professionals confirm that it is indeed vermiculite insulation, we will prepare a scope of work for your approval and then begin safely removing the contaminated materials from your home.

If you think these materials are in your home do not hesitate to call our professionally trained team!

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For more relevant information regarding Asbestos, follow these links:

Stutters Services: Asbestos Abatement & Removal

Stutters Risk Brochure

WorkSafe BC: Possible Sources Of Asbestos In Your Home

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