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6 dangerous residential building materials

While you may think that all approved materials are safe, here are the top ten worst materials to look for in your new or existing home.

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Lead

Lead

Lead is most likely used in any interior or exterior paints that have been applied prior to the 1970s. While they are now outlawed, the remnants of lead-based paints may still come back to haunt you when renovating or eliminating old colors.

2

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)

PVC has become increasingly popular in plumbing and irrigation use in today's neighborhoods. Beware of the side effects: endocrine disruption and other nasty toxins are byproducts of these materials.

3

Asbestos

Asbestos

Asbestos was commonly used in the walls of homes built before the 1950s. Acting as an insulator that was very flame-retardant, asbestos has also been traced to various cancers and lung diseases such as mesothelioma.

4

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are still one of the most popular roofing materials on the housing market today. While they are very efficient and cost-effective, asphalt shingles contain high amounts of heavy metals that can runoff with water exposures and damage lawns and local gardens.

5

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation techniques may be more efficient and cost-effective to their fiberglass counterparts, however, they also excel in toxicity levels due to the expanding agent that helps them close gaps and fill in holes.

6

Wood Preservatives

Wood Preservatives

Wood preservatives do a great job extending the longevity of decking, fencing, and facade siding. Their ability to do so resides in their high level of toxic pesticides that can result in ground-water and soil contamination in residential areas.