What to do with Asbestos Siding?

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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

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Jeff Rogers
retired - Manchester, TN

That is good to know.  Thanks for the post.

Sep 22, 2008 02:52 PM #1
Ray Wilson
Meticulous Home Inspection Corporation - Bohemia, NY
NYS Licensed Home and Building Inspector

Hi Doug. Informative post. I remember seeing neighbors cutting asbestos shingles with a circular saw, and they worked (and breathed) in a cloud of dust. That was back when it was good for you.      -Ray

Sep 22, 2008 03:37 PM #2
William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
Property and Asset Management


Thanks for the post. I believe the key point is compliance with the EPA approved methodology of removal..

Sep 22, 2008 03:42 PM #3
Doug Voss
KC Improved Housing Solutions - Overland Park, KS

Ray, LOL, you crack me up! 


Sep 22, 2008 03:57 PM #4
Doug Voss
KC Improved Housing Solutions - Overland Park, KS

William, you are definitely correct about that.  I'm no authority!  If someone is wanting to do what I did, please check with local codes officials and/or EPA for guidance.


Sep 22, 2008 03:59 PM #5
Mike Hogan
The Hogan Group at Keller Williams Realty - Mechanicsville, VA

I tell ya- if the asbestos is in that bad of shape- on a SFH- we just wrap it in vinyl. Virginia has some funky laws about removal of asbestos. So encapsulating it is the best thing to do. Besides- the asbestos shingles are a great insulator.  We've done probably 30 homes with asbestos shingles and have yet to remove any. We used to wrap em in vinyl everytime but now we've started painting them if the shingles are in decent shape. Home Depot carries an concrete shingle replacement if you need to replace singles.

Sep 23, 2008 12:07 AM #6
Doug Voss
KC Improved Housing Solutions - Overland Park, KS

Mike, we do the same.  In fact the house pictured in the post was wrapped with new vinyl (see picture after new vinyl siding).  On others though, we have simply replaced selected broken shingles with the ones you refer to  from Home Depot and repaint the house.  New Vinyl on Old House

Thanks for the comment.

Sep 23, 2008 12:19 AM #7
Bob Buchanan
First Assured Mortgage - Lawrence, KS


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.

Sep 23, 2008 04:49 AM #8
Brian Griffis
Realty Choice - Springfield, MO

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. 

Feb 11, 2009 02:44 AM #9
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!

Mar 25, 2009 11:22 AM #10
David Jirasek
Jirasek Realty - Temple, TX

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.

Oct 18, 2009 01:01 PM #11

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?

Feb 09, 2013 10:11 AM #12
Dave Thompson

Just found out I might have asbestos siding on my older home. I want to get rid of it in the best way possible, as to not harm anything or anyone. Like you suggest I will call a local disposal company and see what they say I should do. Thank you for the awesome article on asbestos disposal. http://www.jacasbestos.com.au/asbestos-removal

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Sep 11, 2015 08:21 PM #14
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Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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