COMMUNITY FORUM

SueInNY

05:14PM | 05/11/04
Member Since: 05/10/04
3 lifetime posts
Bvroofing
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
550 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
550 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!
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

With technology similar to that used by keyless ignition cars, the Kevo communicates with your iPhone via Bluetooth or a k... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... For some decorative recycling, consider burying old bottles upside down to create edging for your garden beds and walkways... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp2