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Jim McClendon
06-08-2007, 04:24 PM
What do asbestos roof shingles look like? Are there different types? Are they still made?

Wm. Kibbel
06-08-2007, 05:17 PM
Here's a little info:
Cement Asbestos Roofing - Oldhouseweb.com (http://www.oldhouseweb.com/stories/Detailed/15063.shtml)

Jim McClendon
06-08-2007, 05:29 PM
Thanks for the link WK.

Michael Thomas
06-08-2007, 06:51 PM
Asbestos single identification chart:

Asbestos Shingle Identification Photos, Also known as Transite Roof Tiles (http://www.customtileroofing.com/Tiles-Asbestos-Individual.asp)

Here in Chicago I see this pattern occasionally, you have to check all sides of all roofs, for example you may find it’s been left on garages when the main structure has been re-roofed:

TinyURL.com - shorten that long URL into a Tiny URL (http://preview.tinyurl.com/2znqdx)
http://www.customtileroofing.com/images2/Asbestos_Transite_Tiles/BELGIUM%20ETERNIT%20FIELD%20SLATE%20AND%20RIDGE.jp g (http://www.customtileroofing.com/images2/Asbestos_Transite_Tiles/BELGIUM%20ETERNIT%20FIELD%20SLATE%20AND%20RIDGE.jp g)

One red flag to check further are shingles that overlap one other on one side:


I’ve also seen this type of Transite roofing, usually on shed roofs:


And this type, which mimics slate:


And also faux wood:


The bottom line is that asbestos can look,
superficially at least, like just about any other kind of shingle roofing. :(

Ron Gries
07-19-2007, 11:24 AM
Here is one home that I found in Roswell, NM with asbestos shingles.

David Banks
07-19-2007, 12:00 PM
Maybe the Aliens brought them with them?