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Old 03-21-2010, 01:57 PM   #1
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Siding Worries - Asbestos?

Hi everyone!

I'm familiar with asbestos siding - the thin kind that's rigid and can simply break when damaged. However, I'm looking at a home that seems to have a different type of asbestos siding. It looks like thin sheet rock. You can even see the internal makeup on the edges as it has not been painted. It's gray and would seem to flake easy. It is all over the house and also on the walls in the enclosed porch. It's really worrying me! If it is asbestos and unsealed, I imagine that would be an issue for FHA. I've attached a picture of the home in hopes it will help someone identify it. Also, it seemed to be a colored product if that helps.

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Old 03-21-2010, 03:52 PM   #2
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This siding should not be a concern to you. Unless you start belt sanding it or hitting it with a bat, it's basically benign. I have no idea what the FHA's stand is on this product.

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Old 03-21-2010, 04:17 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input, Ron!

It just looks to me that "dust" from the shingles, because they seemed to have been cut and just put up, would flake off the edges...... I guess only a inspector can tell me if that is really a concern (especially in the porch, where a vacuum may be used to clean the walls and could loosen the material.
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Old 03-21-2010, 06:27 PM   #4
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I don"t believe its a violation to own it , it only becomes a violation when removed improperly or disposed of improperly OR IF ITS FRIABLE, crumbling.
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Old 03-21-2010, 10:28 PM   #5
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while it may very well contain asbestos,it may not,nobody knows for sure until its tested
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