3 Thoughts on If I buy a home with asbestos siding or roof do I need to have it removed?What are the costs?
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    cutie999
    November 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    it may be safer to just leave it. Check with your local environmental health folks.

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    FinancialWonderLust
    November 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    only fear asbestos when it is being altered…..leave it, paint it, seal it

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    thewrangler_sw
    November 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Exterior asbestos is often just best left intact. In many states, it is against the law to drill, or cut it, and they require you to have a licensed contractor to remove it. Naturally, this is expensive.

    You can easily paint over the siding, or even install new siding over it.

    If you happen to be in an area that will allow you to remove it yourself, you need to wear safety equipment (dust particle mask, eye protection, etc) to keep the dust of removing it from getting into your lungs, eyes, etc. Disposal of asbestos containing product may be a problem tho… so check into that, before tackling the project.

    The real danger with asbestos, is when the tiny fibers get into your lungs. They do not decompose… this means they are there for the rest of your life, and they can cause cancer.

    Asbestos was popular for a long time, as a ‘fire proofing’ material. A lot of homes were built using asbestos tiles, to help make them more fire resistant.

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