Asbestos siding was widely used between the 1930s and 1970s in buildings and homes. Asbestos siding was banned after the 1970s because exposure was linked to severe diseases including Mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Asbestos Siding Use
Asbestos siding was used because asbestos increases the siding’s strength and durability. Asbestos also insulates and fireproofs the siding because it is virtually indestructible. Different types of asbestos siding include:
- Asphalt roofing
- Cement siding
- Wood shake vapor retardants
Non-friable Asbestos Siding
Asbestos siding is generally not dangerous if it’s in good condition and left alone because it contains non-friable asbestos. Non-friable asbestos will not release toxic fibers unless it is sawed, drilled, or broken. Most asbestos sidings are classified as non-friable.
Asbestos siding should not be touched if it’s in good condition. If the siding deteriorates due to heat, weather, or aging, then you should repair it.
Keeping Asbestos Siding Safe
To prevent asbestos siding from releasing hazardous fibers, you can seal or cover the siding. To seal it, you can paint the siding with a high-quality latex paint, which will bind the asbestos fibers and prevent their release. To cover asbestos siding, you can place insulation boards or non-asbestos siding over it. These repairs should be done by a professional.
Asbestos Siding Removal
Asbestos siding removal should be done by a certified asbestos expert. Asbestos fibers may be released when removing asbestos siding. Inhaling asbestos fibers can lead to various fatal cancers including:
- Mesothelioma (a rare cancer that affects the linings of various organs in the body)
- Asbestosis (lung tissue scarring)
- Lung cancer
If you or a loved one has been injured by exposure to asbestos siding, please contact us today.