Most people know about asbestos inside the home. They know it is in insulation, drywall, and textured ceilings, but what a lot of people don’t know is that it can be in your siding and roofing. Asbestos has been used in most types of construction materials throughout the years. Asbestos is strong, cheap, and heat resistant. This made it the perfect bonding material for exterior materials. Asbestos in siding and roofing is not a new thing. It has always been used in these materials, but it is often overlooked as a danger because it is outside. While it does pose less of a risk, you can still be exposed to asbestos outdoors.
While there is always a chance your roofing or siding contains asbestos, it isn’t likely for newer homes. It is possible, but not very common. If your home was built before the late 90s, it likely contains asbestos fibers. Asbestos was used in most construction materials up until the late 90s. If you own an older home, you should have it tested for asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos fibers are microscopic and can quickly become airborne and float through the air for miles, exposing people nowhere near your home. This is the reason asbestos testing and removal must be completed on buildings that are being destroyed. If asbestos fibers escape, a lot of people could end up exposed.
Never try to remove the siding and roofing of an older home without having an asbestos test completed. If the siding and roofing do contain asbestos, then it will need to be removed by a certified asbestos abatement company. Laws and regulations make it illegal for people to remove and dispose of asbestos themselves. You must have the proper licenses. This is done to protect everyone in the area. Asbestos exposure can cause severe illnesses, so it is important to let the professionals remove all asbestos from the exterior of your home!