March 8, 2017 | Thornton Law Firm What is asbestos siding?Asbestos siding, also known as cement siding, was commonly used throughout the 1920s and until the 1970s. It was made by adding asbestos, a naturally occurring fibrous mineral, to Portland cement for inexpensive and lightweight durability and resistance to the elements. Once mixed, it was pressed into siding shingles used for roofing and siding on homes and buildings. Although asbestos siding is no longer used because of the harmful long-term effects of exposure, it can still be found in many older homes across the United States and Canada.Asbestos-related health concerns linked to sidingThe asbestos fibers used in making siding shingles will cause cancer if the fibers became airborne and are inhaled. One of the most common cancers related to exposure is mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is cancer of the pleura caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure. Other diseases, such as asbestosis and lung cancer, are also associated with long-term asbestos exposure.Common symptoms of mesothelioma include the following:Shortness of breathChest painDifficulty breathingPain or swelling in the abdomenWhich companies’ siding products are known to contain asbestos?The following products are known to have been manufactured with asbestos during the 1960s and 1970s. When inhaled, asbestos is one of the primary causes of mesothelioma. None of the products listed below manufactured after 1975 contains asbestos, according to the manufacturers:Boise Cascade Insulite Asbestos Siding ShinglesCelotex Careystone Roofing & SidingFlintkote #60-w Waveline SidingFlintkote #70-T Tapertax SidingFlintkote #70-W Straight Edge SidingFlintkote #70-X Stri-Color SidingFlintkote Asbestos Cement Siding & RoofingFlintkote SidingGAF Ruberoid Aristo Insulating SidingGAF Ruberoid Dura-Color Colonial SidingJohns Manville Transite SidingNational Gypsum Chromashake SidingNational Gypsum Chromatex SidingNational Gypsum Classic “32” SidingNational Gypsum Classic Shake SidingNational Gypsum Deeptex SidingNational Gypsum Gold Bond SidingNational Gypsum Sussex “32” SidingNational Gypsum Woodgrain SidingAsbestos-related diseases take anywhere from ten to 30 years, or more, to be medically detected. Although there are treatments for mesothelioma, there is no known cure. Early diagnosis and treatment for mesothelioma offer the best chance of survival when faced with this devastating disease. If you have not been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease but have had long-term exposure and are experiencing symptoms, Thornton Law Firm, LLP can provide a list of mesothelioma specialists near you.Contact trusted asbestos lawyers for a free consultationYou have rights. Thornton Law Firm is ready to help you make a successful claim. We offer free consultations, and our services are rendered on a contingency-fee basis, which means you don’t pay if we don’t win your case. Call our Massachusetts law firm today at 1-888-632-0108 or contact us online.