If the roof of your house is covered with asbestos shingles, you may want to consider having them removed rather sooner than later. And the same is true for your house siding if it is made out of an asbestos containing product.
Statistics suggest that most of the homeowners are unaware that they might be surrounded by this hazardous material.
Cement shingles made of asbestos and asbestos siding were very popular from the 1930s to the 1980s. Asbestos products in general had an excellent reputation for being very resistant to heat, fire and environmental influences that come with changing weather conditions. And what made it already more popular was the fact that the manufacturing costs of asbestos containing products were minimal in comparison to other building materials.
But there was also another side to the story. It was back in the 1980s when the public had to learn about the meaningful health risks a person is exposed to by being in contact with the potentially dangerous material. Thousands of employees in the asbestos production industry, year after year, have developed harsh health issues, the most commonly known being mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.
As the public attained more awareness of the situation, the asbestos industry started to suffer because people were afraid of getting in contact with the material. With that being said; asbestos itself is truly not unhealthy. However, if it gets damaged or if it is being processed in any form or kind, toxic dust particles get airborne and anybody in close closeness is at risk of breathing in the polluted air. Typically, over course of time, roof shingles break and siding starts to crack or break off.
And that’s exactly what every homeowner should be alerted by.
I am personally a huge fan of do-it-yourself projects, for money reasons and also for the fact that I can do things the way I want. However, removing asbestos shingles or asbestos siding, I would definitely not do myself. The reasons being: I neither have the equipment nor the protection gear to carry out the job safely. Secondly, I wouldn’t already know how dispose the material in an environmentally friendly way.
That’s why I think it’s a much better idea to have the experts dealing with it. I always thought that hiring an asbestos removal company is an expensive endeavor. However, if I had to buy all the tools and gear, plus pay for the removal of the material, I would likely end up paying more than just having it done by a contractor.