Asbestos has been used for generations to create all sorts of building materials, such as shingles, siding, and insulation inside your home. There are different ways of dealing with problems with asbestos materials you find in your home and several options for materials that have been installed on the exterior of your home. Here are some of the options to consider when dealing with asbestos materials on the exterior of your home:
1. Just Leave It Alone If It Materials Pose Little Risk to Your Home
The problems with exterior asbestos are usually not as serious as issues with materials inside your home. If you have an asbestos siding or other exterior finish materials, then you may want to consider just leaving them alone. If the materials are in good condition and do not need to be tampered with for repairs, you should be able to just give them a fresh coat of paint and leave them there. Tampering with asbestos materials causes dust, which is the danger with these materials and leaving them where they are is often the best solution.
2. Removing Asbestos Materials When Planning on Doing Renovations
When repairs are needed, this is what often causes dust with the asbestos materials on the exterior of your home. If you want to renovate the exterior of your home with new siding or other materials, the old materials will need to be tested for asbestos and removed by professionals. Siding is one of the materials that often needs to be removed, but you will also need to have some old roofing materials tested and removed by a professional service.
3. Covering Old Asbestos Materials with New Exterior Finishes to Not Disturb Them
Another option that you may want to consider for home renovations when the exterior of your home has asbestos; sometimes it can be covered with new materials. Covering the old materials like siding with new sheathing, house wrap, and modern siding will be less costly than removal if you do not disturb the old materials. It is important to check with local authorities if covering old asbestos is allowed. Some governments may require you to completely remove the old asbestos materials before new siding can be installed.
These are some of the options to consider for dealing with asbestos materials that have been installed on the exterior of your home. Contact an asbestos inspection service to help determine materials in your home that contain asbestos and the best choice for dealing with them.