04:55AM | 01/24/08
Member Since: 12/11/07
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OK, Im new here so bear with me. Ive seen this question posted before but the answers seem to be a bit vague. We just bought a house built in 1951. It supposedly has asbestos roofing and siding. Ive done some research on asbestos and there seems to be a "good" kind and a "bad" kind. If its the bad kind, are there any grants or funding that will help with the removal/replacement costs? I've been told to leave it alone if there is nothing wrong with it, which there dosent seem to be other than the fact that it has moss growing on the north facing side. That dosent even bother us since we live on the Oregon/Idaho border it rains often. Any thoughts would be appreciated.




05:28PM | 02/01/08
Member Since: 07/28/02
1358 lifetime posts
I am not sure about a grant to pay for removal.

If you do not disturb the siding then you do not have a problem with asbestos getting in the air. I would paint the siding as that will help protect the siding from breaking down, but with it's age it may have already been painted. The painting process is pretty straight forward, with washing to remove the dirt and moss first. The primer will be a 100% acrylic exterior primer follows by a 100% acrylic exterior house paint in either flat or satin, with the satin the preferred finish as it will stay cleaner.

Hope this helps out.


05:50PM | 02/01/08
Member Since: 12/15/04
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First thing is, it is ok to have an asbestos roof /siding. The part most people don't know is that it had a color coating to protect it and now we find it to be that the coating also protects us. When manufactured, they took a raw fiber (asbestos) with a concrete base and an adhesive. After compressing the composite into a unit, otherwise known as a piece of roofing/siding, they applied a coating to protect the units from the weather. Without the coating, the ultra violet rays of the sun will bleach and oxidize the adhesive within, then the fibers are released into the air, your guttering, downspouts and then the ground. When the fiber comes out of a downspout, it washes into your landscape and yard. At this time, your yard person spreads it around with a mower, breathing the fibers and after he is done, the children in the area tend to play and roll around it the yard. This is when it becomes a REAL problem. Most asbestos roofs in the United States are over 80 years old and should have had a new coating about thirty years ago. About every thirty years the asbestos needs to be recoated, NOT PAINTED. The asbestos will not accept paint products long term. Sure it will go on, but the asbestos will breath through the paint and oxidize between the two and wash away. We have an asbestos coating that can last up to 30 to 40 plus years and it not only comes in any color you want, we can also do a multi-color. The asbestos roofing has proven to be better than slate and we all know how long a slate roof can last. When your asbestos roof was installed, each piece was a little over a quarter of an inch thick. Today you will find that in most cases it is about an eighth of an inch. It has already washed about half way away. Don't be alarmed. It is still good and it's the best type of roofing out there and it is still acting as the best insulator. We are estimating without a coating, you have about ten more years in most cases and with our coating, your asbestos roof could still last for hundreds of years. Yes, that is right! Hundreds! Most people with an asbestos roof can't afford to dispose of it and others know what they have so they keep it. Seems like every good idea has too many down falls. Well, this one can be corrected. Our company started out years ago with repairing all different types of roofing as well as installing and cleaning them. In time, work slowed down on the asbestos and our cleaning took over. Our name was Slate Restoration for years and about 15 years ago we changed the name to Mr. Clean Pressure Washing. Don't let the name deceive you. We know asbestos. We will go anywhere in the continental United States to recondition asbestos. We take pride in what we do and we have plenty of homes that have been done for years and years. If you want to see picture of homes and businesses that received this process go to


12:04PM | 02/04/08
Member Since: 12/11/07
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Thanks for the reply. Im unable to log onto the website you provided. I will go thru your homepage and see what I can come up with. Do you have anybody on the left coast that you can recommend? Thanks



10:40AM | 02/05/08
Member Since: 12/15/04
2 lifetime posts
Bill, We actually go all over the entire USA for Asbestos roof restoration.

Mr. Johannes/ Asbestos1 company


05:14PM | 09/10/13
Member Since: 09/10/13
1 lifetime posts
I have an asbestos mineral composite (concrete) Tile Dutch lap roof on my main house with Copper high back gutters.

What is the life expectancy of these roofs my house was built in 1932 Chicago it is an English Tudor brick bungalow.

what is the most comparable product in the market today to replace my Dutch Lap mineral composite asbestos would be great to have a few options and your expert opinion.

In addition, a few questions of what is comparable that I know of to what I currently have to replace the roof?. Is it a 50 year asphalt shingle a comparable? modern slate concrete tiles? or Slate? any other products on the market today that I did not list.



Thanks in advance for your expert opinion...



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