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SueInNY

05:14PM | 05/11/04
Member Since: 05/10/04
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I bought my 1925 colonial 2 years ago and as a first time homebuyer probably didn't ask enough questions about the asbestos cement roofing. I was told it was in good shape (by a general home inpector, not a roofing inspector), but now I'm beginning to wonder. It looks terrible...stained, moss growing in some areas...and I am looking for some advice on what to do.

I have read other posts on this board about this type of roofing and it looks like not much can be done to improve the appearance. My next option, I suppose, would be to have it replaced....or at least inspected to see if it really is in good shape or not.

I have only found 2 local roofing companies that say they are licensed asbestos removal contractors. Is that what I'm looking for? What kind of questions should I ask them when I call? Any idea on the cost?

If anyone has had experience with a project like this, I would like to hear about it.

Thanks for your help.


tomh

09:22PM | 05/11/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
I have dealt with asbestos roofs in removals and repair. They are durable tile roofs and can last many years. Before giving up, try a few products containing zinc sulfate like moss out. The link below shows granuales, liquid sprays and zinc flashings that can be used on ridges to kill moss and mildew. These organisms are what cause the discoloration of the roof.

If you want to pursue removal, it can be done, but will be very expensive with a contractor. Residential asbestos roofing removal is exempt from EPA and OSHA regulations when done by the homeowner, but may be subject to local regualtions and waste disposal requirements. If that is your intention, let me know your location, and I can advise on local requirements.

http://www.lillymiller.com/moss_control.html

SueInNY

02:22AM | 05/12/04
Member Since: 05/10/04
3 lifetime posts
Thanks Tom, but I am really not in the position to do any of the work myself. When I bought the house, I knew that any major work would have to be done by professionals and I was ok with that. I just didn't know the roof was going to be such an obstacle.

I appreciate your input, though. Thanks for the information. I guess I have more to think about now.

tomh

07:33AM | 05/12/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
Thanks for posting back. The spray-on moss and mildew killing products can be accomplished from a ladder by yourself or a handyman. This would not pose any asbestos related risks and could remove staining, leaving your roof serviceable for years to come. Give it a try before pursuing more expensive replacement alternatives. Given your that you don't want to do roof work (smart), a professional can probably be retained to powerwash the roof and apply products to restore the appearance of the roof.

SueInNY

01:24PM | 05/12/04
Member Since: 05/10/04
3 lifetime posts
Thanks again Tom for responding. I will look into what you have recommended. I still would like to have the roof checked out by a roofing inspector...someone who knows what to look for. My roof is very steeply pitched and hard to see from the ground (I'm afraid of heights so you won't find me on a ladder). I think that would give me the peace of mind I'm looking for and then I can take it from there on the best way to go. Appreciate your help!
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