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Old 01-07-2008, 07:52 AM   #1
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Asbestos Siding What are the problems?


I am looking at a property with asbestos siding. What are the main problems with it? Does it need to be replaced immediately? The house was built in the 40s.

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Old 01-07-2008, 08:02 AM   #2
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Leaving it alone is what most people do. As long as it's in good shape, it doesn't pose any health risks. Personally, I would remove it, but it can be expensive to do that and it does affect house value.
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99% of homes built between 1940 to 1980 used it. It's asbestos impregnated. Non-friable unless cut. Many have sided right over it, but that tends to cause them to crack and fall between the sheathing and the new siding. Most municipalities allow their disposal via the standard construction debris method, sometimes require them stacked in piles of 5-10 and wrapped in plastic and/or taped up.
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Don't eat it!! Its not that much of a health risk where it is. Removing it can be hard depending on where you live, here you just bag it and take it to the dump. The problem is with the dust that comes frrom it during the removal. I have heard of stuccoing or siding over it but I would not do that personaly

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Don't eat it!!
Actually thats NOT the problem! Don't grind it up and smoke it!


I actually lived in a house that had it but it was covered in stucco. The house looked really nice that way actually. Some parts had a stone veneer. Quite frankly I thought it was built that way until I added a window and learned differently!

Thats how you know it was a quality remodel/addition - It just looks right.

I would, at least, wash it down and give it a fresh coat of paint.
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Thanks guys. Yes it is kind of chalky. Do I need to pressure wash it or prime it and then paint it?
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Be careful with the pressure washer. That siding is very brittle. And the replacement mineral siding is expensive. Be there-done that.

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So what did you use? Did you hand wash it, prime it or ?.
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Just wash it. If you power wash go really easy. Maybe one of those hose attachments that can throw a TSP solution on, followed by a clear water rinse.

Bottom line - Do nothing until all chalk, dirt, mold, mildew, algae, loose and flaking paint is gone. Then, if base paint is in good condition then just paint. If bottom paint is gone then prime and paint.

Funny thin - Once you do all the prep for painting things might not look too bad and you may be less inclined to paint! If you paint w/o the proper prep you will be wasting time and money. The paint will fail sooner and leave a bigger prep job for the next time.
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Old 01-12-2008, 05:35 PM   #11
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I would take it off and dispose of it as soon as possible,,,it is a maybe that in the future not so far you would HAVE to treat this as hazardous material. I had a siding guy say they apply right over it,,it cant help but crack and wedge between siding and sheating,,,besides it needs the wrap paper on it anyway!!
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If you plan on selling the home later then you will have to disclose that has this type of siding if you do not remove it.
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Should I remove my asbestos siding before putting new or go over it with insulation and then new siding? I had heard both ways.
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go out there and drive a siding application nail in it all by itself,,,then YOU tell me what your gonna do?? Cant imagine siding a house over that stuff,,,it would be a mess sooner than later!!

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