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Asbestos Siding on Multi Unit - Leave alone, Cover or Remove???

Asbestos Siding on Multi Unit - Leave alone, Cover or Remove???


Old 08-20-08, 05:46 AM
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I am about to make an offer on a multi family home in Maine that has asbestos siding on it. The place was built in 1947. The siding seems to be in good shape. Should I just leave it alone, remove it and replace it...or can I cover it with vinyl siding?

Thanks for any help on this!
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Old 08-20-08, 08:54 AM
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If asbestos siding is prepped properly, it holds paint quite well.
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Yes, the best idea is to leave it alone and just paint it. It's safe enough and no codes I know of will cause you any troubles until you actually try to do something with it (like remove it.)
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The biggest reason for paint failures on asbestos siding is lack of proper prep. Paint lasts a long time on asbestos shingles so they often don't get repainted until the paint has deteriated and become chalky. Paint won't adhere to chalk!!! If you wash off what chalk you can and then add emulsa bond to the 1st coat of paint, you shouldn't have any problems.
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