An example of vinyl floor tiles (Image courtesy of Dept. of Human Services, Victoria)
Loosely bound materials containing asbestos might be found in a few older forms of insulation used in domestic heaters and stoves. Asbestos-felt was used as a backing for many vinyl and linoleum sheet floorings and does not pose a health risk while it remains undisturbed. However, these materials become loose when the floor covering is damaged or removed.
Asbestos insulation was not routinely used in residential buildings, although there have been isolated cases in New South Wales and the ACT. Loosely-bound asbestos was generally used in commercial buildings and industrial workplaces.
Asbestos-felt vinyl flooring and other forms of loose asbestos must only be removed by an asbestos removal business that holds an A class certificate.
Super 6 Roof Sheeting
(Image courtesy of QBM)
Loosely bound materials containing asbestos were not designed for use on the outside of houses.
As mentioned before, bonded materials containing asbestos are the most common asbestos materials in domestic houses. They are not dangerous if they are in good condition (ie. undamaged, undisturbed). Loosely bound asbestos materials are not common in domestic houses.
A graphic example of asbestos locations within the house