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Types of Asbestos.

Many don't realize that asbestos actually is a blanket term used to refer to six minerals: chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, tremolite and actinolite. These minerals belong to the serpentine and amphibole families and they can all be dangerous.



The "white asbestos," Chrysotile was the most widely used form of asbestos. It can still be found in walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs. It was also once used for gaskets, insulation, and automobile brake linings.


The "brown asbestos," Amosite was most often used for pipe insulation and cement sheets. It could also be found for ceiling tiles, thermal insulation, and insulating board.


The "blue asbestos," Crocidolite was often used for steam engine insulation and it was also found in some spray-on coatings, cement products, plastics, and in pipe insulation.


Used in limited quantities, Anthophyllite was an insulating product. It was also used for construction materials. Anthophyllite also contaminates chrysotile asbestos, vermiculite, and talc minerals. It has a dull green, white, or grey color.

Tremolite and Actinolite

While not used commercially, Tremolite and Actinolite can contaminate chrysotile asbestos, vermiculite, and talc minerals. It has a white, green, gray, brown, or transparent color.

Is Asbestos Illegal?

While over 50 countries have chosen to ban all six of these minerals entirely, they continue to be used in the United States under strict regulations.

Asbestos testing and inspection are performed through our sister company Albany Asbestos, LLC.

To schedule a Asbestos testing, sampling and inspection call our Team: (518) 964-2081!

The Author Kevin Maxwell is the owner and operator of Maxwell Home Inspection Services, LLC. Kevin Maxwell is a certified Home Inspector located in Albany NY that has performed over 6000 Inspections.

Phone: 1-800-598-4754


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