Sprayed coatings

Where do you find this?

Insulation on the underside of roofs and sometimes sides of buildings and warehouses. Also used as fire protection on steel and reinforced concrete beams/columns and on underside of floors.

It was very easy to overspray or get a 'splash back' from the equipment used to apply this so there is likely to be debris around the sprayed area.

What does this look like?

Usually white or grey in colour with a rough surface, although they may have been painted.

Spray coated panelling
Roofing sheets
Spray coated roofing sheets
Under roof coating
Under roof spray coating
Spray coating as filler

How dangerous is this?

This contains up to 85% asbestos and breaks up very easily. It is one of the most dangerous materials containing asbestos. Even minor disturbance of sprayed coatings can release large quantities of asbestos fibres into the air where they can be breathed in.


Do not attempt to work on this material under any circumstances unless you are a HSE-licensed contractor.

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Updated 2023-05-16