When it comes to building materials that were used in the past, asbestos is definitely the one that comes to mind most often for a poor choice that was made. When asbestos was first introduced, everyone found it amazing how it complimented other materials, giving them strength, fire resistance and durability, but it was banned when multiple cases of serious illnesses were found to have been caused by exposure to asbestos fibers.
The problem is that asbestos doesn’t lose any of its destructive potential over time, so if it was used when building your home, you need to be aware of it and avoid disturbing it. Fortunately, materials containing asbestos are harmless unless disturbed, but they will cause a problem if you are planning on repairing or renovating your home. In that case, you will need to contact a business that has experience in dealing with asbestos. Trying to do it yourself could put you and your family in serious danger.