Many quick solutions have caused unexpected long-term problems, and that’s certainly been true of the asbestos manufacturing industry, especially in the US. In the heyday of asbestos – between the 1940s to the 1990s – asbestos was a fire-proofing material that was lightweights, insulating, noise dampening, and cheap. Asbestos was used in everything from loose insulation to vinyl tiling. One common feature of older offices is the false “drop” ceilings filled with row after row of white tiles. If you’re unlucky, those tiles could contain asbestos.
Understanding “Dropped Ceiling” Panels
Made popular for easy installations, these panels hang in a matrix of support beneath the real ceiling, usually hiding ductwork, cabling, and other unaesthetic but essential features. Also known as drop ceilings, T-bar ceilings, false ceilings, and ceiling tiles – they all include the central feature of the ceiling tile. These are lightweight tiles, usually white, that come textured with pinholes or other decorative markings.
Where You Can Find False Ceiling Tiles
Due to their easy installation and low cost compared to installing a real ceiling to cover up ductwork and cabling, false ceiling tiles can often be found in areas of buildings for everyday use. Some examples below:
- Kitchens: To cut costs and allow for ductwork for stove fans, kitchens may have higher-than-average quality tiles in place, usually treated to be moisture resistant.
- Office Spaces: Ceiling tiles are ubiquitous in office, especially in employee work areas to hide ducts and cabling to provide a better working environment.
- Remodeled Basements: Tiles were chosen for a way to cover up basement piping and HVAC ducts without breaking the bank.
Identifying and Dealing with Asbestos Ceiling Tiles
If you’ve got ceiling tiles like those mentioned above, they may contain asbestos. It’s important to have the tiles tested. Some common brand names of asbestos tiles are: BPB, Celotex, Gyptone, Owens Corning Fiberglass, and US Gypsum. If your tiles are damaged, immediate action should be taken.
Have concerns about asbestos in your workplace or home or have issues with sick building syndrome for your loved ones or staff? It’s time to call in the professionals. If you need help removing asbestos ceiling tiles from your home or business, contact Fiber Control, Inc. We’re experts in asbestos inspection and abatement, as well as dealing with both mold remediation and lead RRP.