Asbestos siding is a common occurrence in both older residential and commercial dwellings, particularly with homes in the 50’s. While left undisturbed, asbestos is harmless, having asbestos siding on your home may pose potential risks for you if you are looking to do any sort of maintenance to the building.
What Does Asbestos Siding Look Like
Asbestos siding is potentially very difficult to identify on sight alone. That is due to the manufacturers attempting to make the siding look like many different types of siding. Asbestos was also commonly used to strengthen cement siding as well. We would always recommend testing your siding to see if it contains asbestos before beginning any renovations.
Painting Asbestos Siding
While painting siding made of asbestos is easy and harmless, the prep work is riskier. You should NEVER power-wash your asbestos siding, as you increase the risk of releasing the asbestos fibers.
Painting is always a good option when trying to improve your siding, and asbestos is no different. In terms of risk, asbestos siding falls on the lower side, as siding is generally very tough and is outside, which minimizes your risk of inhaling it.
Asbestos Siding Removal
If you decide that you need to remove the old siding to have it replaced, our advice would be to contact a professional to deal with the siding. If you choose to remove the siding yourself, you should be covered head to toe and always wear a respirator.
Be sure to cover the entire work area with tarps to catch any dust or smaller pieces of siding, as you don’t want to be in contact with the asbestos at any point in the future.
After clearing the area, you should first wet down the siding to reduce the amount of dust you will create. Next, you will take a pry bar and gently work your way from the top down, removing the siding.
Place the asbestos in sealed plastic bags and be sure to thoroughly clean the entire work area
How To Dispose Of Asbestos Siding
After you have successfully removed the asbestos siding from your building and placed all pieces in sealed bags you should remove all the clothing that was worn during the removal process. Finally, take everything to a landfill designated for hazardous waste and dispose of it.