What should I do about my asbestos siding?

What should I do if I have asbestos siding? Usually the answer is “Nothing”. In fact, often the best approach is to leave it in place. Removal is not usually recommended. Cement Asbestos siding can be covered with many other types of siding if you want an updated look.

There are no laws that require removal of Cement Asbestos siding unless there is a total demolition of the structure.  This is because it is not considered “friable”. What does friable mean? According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), friable means that the material can be crumbled with hand pressure and is therefore likely to emit fibers. Cement Asbestos siding cannot easily be crumbled or pulverized so it is not considered friable. And the chances are extremely low that minimally damaged Cement Asbestos siding is releasing dangerous fibers.

The moral of the story is, if you have cement asbestos siding, there really shouldn’t be much of a concern.

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