Asbestos siding was incredibly popular back when it was introduced to the residential market in the 1930’s. And now, asbestos siding can still be found on older homes and buildings. The problem that many property owners have with asbestos siding is repair and replacements; but fortunately, there are companies that are still providing alternatives to asbestos siding, such as fiber cement siding that mimics the look of the original siding.
If your property is fitted with asbestos siding, there is more you should know. Continue reading to review some need-to-know information regarding asbestos siding maintenance, repair, and replacement.
The Rise and Fall of Asbestos Siding
Asbestos siding became popular back in the day for a number of reasons. Although inhaling the fibers of asbestos can cause major health problems like asbestos is and mesothelioma, back then there was little awareness of the health and safety concerns of such exposure. A primary concern was house fires at the time, and insurance companies needed to be able to combat this problem. So what seemed fit was to provide substantial discounts for builders who installed fire-resistant asbestos siding on homes and buildings.
Another reason why asbestos siding became popular was due to the fact that it is an abundant, naturally-occurring element that was widely available, making material costs much cheaper for manufacturers and builders. On a consumer level, property owners chose asbestos siding because it was cheap, low maintenance (never needs re-painting), rot-resistant, insect-resistant, and fire-proof.
What You Can Do
If your home or building is equipped with asbestos siding,there is no need to be concerned. Instead, talk to a local Indianapolis siding contractor for the best advice regarding your options for repair, replacement, or comprehensive renovations. If you are unsure whether or not your older home or building is fitted with asbestos siding, simply take a chunk out and have it tested.
If you know you have asbestos siding, and it is still in good condition and does not require any repairs, you should be fine. In fact, it should last for several more years. If you do want to remove and replace your asbestos siding with a modern, safer material, like vinyl or fiber cement, it is necessary to hire a licensed asbestos abatement company for certified removal and disposal.
A Roof and Siding Company You Can Trust
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