Repair Asbestos Siding Costs
Decades ago, asbestos was widely used in home construction due to its low price and its ability to fireproof the walls, attic and foundation of a house. Once asbestos became known as a health hazard, it was no longer put to use in new construction. However, there are countless older homes built before the 1970s in which asbestos was used in the siding, roofing and insulation materials. When the asbestos siding on a house becomes damaged, consultation and inspection with a licensed asbestos removal and repair contractor is necessary before proceeding. So long as the asbestos fibers are not loose, the siding should be repairable, but in some cases, it may need to be removed, which can be a costly endeavor.
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The Average Cost of Asbestos Siding Repairs
The average cost to repair asbestos siding is $938. Most homeowners paid between $819 and $1,057 to have their asbestos siding repaired. The lowest amount of money that homeowners reported paying for an asbestos siding repair was $462 while the maximum amount of money paid was $1,550. The actual cost to a homeowner will depend on the extent of the damage, whether the asbestos fibers are loose and friable, and whether environmental permits and inspections will be needed for the work.
Factors to Consider When Repairing Asbestos Siding
In order to work in the presence of asbestos and remove it, local, state and even federal permits may be needed. Obtaining these permits can add to the cost and time to complete a repair project. Upon project completion, the contractor may need to file a report stating that the work was done in compliance with environmental regulations. If loose asbestos fibers are found in the siding, homeowners may need to move out of the house while the work is completed.
Asbestos Siding Repair Options
The least expensive and fastest asbestos siding repair option is encapsulation. This is essentially painting over the damaged siding. Covering the siding is another option. The contractor will lay insulation board and then put new siding on top of the old asbestos siding. The most expensive option for repairing asbestos siding is to remove and replace it with new materials.
Last updated on Mar 31, 2016
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