What to do with Asbestos Siding?

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Real Estate Services with KC Improved Housing Solutions

Many houses built in the 40's and 50's were clad with a very hardy type Asbestos shingle.  Today, we remodel a bunch of these old homes and occasionally need to do something with these old shingles because there is much damage and need to be matched or removed and re-sided with something different.  If removal is the only option, the disposal of the Asbestos material is an issue.  In my state, and I suspect in many others, there are certified landfills that are authorized to take Asbestos and certain other toxic wastes as long as they are "packaged" correctly and "handled" correctly.  A few years ago, I completely demolished an old roadside motel that had this stuff for siding and roofing.  I called the disposal company and they told me that it was no problem, I could remove the stuff myself (no sawing or scoring could be done that would cause dust particles).  They dropped a low-boy dumpster at the site, we lined the entire inside with heavy plastic and let it hang out about 10' all around.  After we filled the dumpster with the shingles, we simply wrapped them all up like a burrito and they came and picked it up and hauled it to the landfill.  Pretty painless.  Now, just to make sure I was complying with all the regulations, I went to the City and got a demo permit and explained to them what was going on and they agreed with the disposal company.  I also had a friend that worked for an environmental testing firm confirm these methods.  All agreed. 

             We did the work. 

                          We didn't raise any dust!

Something good to know, if you do a lot of remodeling!

Doug Voss

KC Improved Housing Solutions    913-856-5466

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Bob Buchanan
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Doug,

Have you ever done the vinyl wrap on these asbestos shingles? sounds like a cheaper, and better way to go.  I have a rental with asbestos shingles, and will look into my options in Lawrence Kansas.

Thanks for the advice.

September 23, 2008 11:49 AM
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Vinyl goes over well on these shingles, but the asbestos shingles themselves look pretty good if they are repainted a good color.  And, if they are taken care of, they will last forever.  I looked at wrapping a rental of mine in vinyl one time, but realized the asbestos would last a lot longer than the vinyl.  I called my local landfill, and they said they would take them as is, no need to encapsulate.  Of course this was 10 years ago, but I guess it depends on where you live. 

February 11, 2009 10:44 AM
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Barbara Oliveira

My question about asbestos shingles is this: we are contemplating buying a home for my daughter built in 1920. It has asbestos siding. The home in in RI. Will we be able to vinyl side over the shingles? And, if you can't, how expensive is it to remove them and then vinyl side? Thanks for the advice!

March 25, 2009 06:22 PM
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David Jirasek
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Texas doesn't require anything on remodeling one, single family residence, as far as I know. However, two contiguous houses are considered commercial. Commercial and Industrial is highly enforced. An asbestos report with multiple samples is required, before a remodel or demolition permit is issued on commercial properties, in some cities.

October 18, 2009 08:01 PM
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Katina

I live in Tennessee, I recently purchased a home that has asbestos siding it appears to be in good shape.  Will I have to remove it?

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