At the time, Asbestos was thought of as a wonder-material. The properties of asbestos only served to enhance products by making them stronger, hard wearing, resistant to acids and alkalis, and heat resistant.
Some types of asbestos were also hydrophobic, meaning they repel water – a very useful property in building materials.
Because of this, Asbestos was used in hundreds of different products, but at the time no-one knew how dangerous asbestos was, so no records were kept of the products it was used in, or where those materials were used.
Asbestos products can be broadly broken into two categories. Friable, and Non-Friable.