The Truth About Asbestos-Cement Siding

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Many homeowners are well aware of the health risks of asbestos. However, asbestos is present beyond the interior walls and ceilings. It’s also present in older cement siding. Should you remove asbestos-cement siding or take some other form of remediation? 

The Dangers of Asbestos

Asbestos is no danger as long as the material remains intact. However, when the material comes apart, anyone in close proximity is at risk of inhaling the airborne fibers. Researchers have linked asbestos to various diseases, such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. 

What About Asbestos Siding?

As long as asbestos siding remains in good condition, it poses minimal health hazards. In fact, the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors even noted some benefits of cement siding. This includes its high fire resistance, termite resistance, and the ability to mimic the appearance of other siding material.

Health risks aside, asbestos siding has a few disadvantages as well. Unlike wood siding, which you can refurbish via staining or sanding, you cannot do so with asbestos. In addition, the material is brittle and is prone to cracking if you pressure wash the surface. 

Should You Remove Asbestos Siding?

Removal is an option. However, when inspectors work with old asbestos-cement siding, the standard procedure is normally to cover it with new siding. Removal is more labor-intensive, which translates to higher costs for the homeowner. On top of that, asbestos removal in some areas requires a permit from the city. In any case, we definitely do not recommend DIY removal. This poses significant risk not just to your family but to neighbors as well.

We Seal Asbestos-Cement Siding

Call Exteriors Unlimited if your home contains outdated cement siding. We’ll update your home with new siding and windows. Our gallery showcases more up-to-date siding. Asbestos-cement siding poses a health risk, and sealing may be the appropriate course of action.

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