Old garages, workshops, and sheds can often be an eyesore on your property. But would it surprise you to hear that they could actually be killing you?
During the 19th century, during the height of the industrial revolution, a certain material became highly utilized by manufacturers in the making of hundreds of household products. Praised for its great affordability and physical properties of sound resistance, strength, and resistance to heat and fire, it was used for building and electrical insulation as well as for fireproofing measures. It was widely used until it was revealed in the 20th century to be incredibly harmful to humans and especially impactful due to its wide array of uses. You’ve probably heard of it thanks to commercials with lawyers promising big payouts for pain and suffering.
Asbestos: Killing for Centuries
Asbestos was widely used in the construction, shipyard, automotive, and manufacturing industries until its trade and use became heavily restricted, phased out, or banned outright by a number of countries in the 1980s and ’90s. It has been proven to cause debilitating illnesses including mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. Litigation involving asbestos-related illnesses and deaths eventually became the longest, most expensive mass lawsuit in U.S. history. Asbestos continues to be an issue today for manufacturers, insurance companies, and even the everyday home or business owner.
Due to its widespread use in building insulation materials, asbestos has been found in many homes and buildings across America. Although many homes and buildings have been corrected or replaced, the effects it has on human health are long-lasting and could continue for generations. If you own a home or business that was built more than 50 years ago, it might be a good idea to see if the insulation is safe for you and your family. Old garages and auto shops can also contain harmful asbestos, so you may want to consider replacing them with a safer and more modern alternative.
Think New with Steel Building Garages
Here at Steel Building Garages, we pride ourselves on building high-quality metal garages, carports, and workshops that will last for generations. All of our metal garages and buildings are constructed exclusively with sustainable, American made steel that can stand up to Mother Nature’s worst. Durable, versatile, and affordable, our garages and buildings will give you peace of mind in knowing that you have the safer and better alternative. Call our expert representatives to start building your own custom metal garage or carport today.