Asbestos Siding Removal
Removing asbestos of any kind can be costly. However, removing asbestos siding is an expense that can unnecessarily end up costing thousands of dollars to the uneducated homeowner. With any home improvement project, costs can vary.
There are many factors that can cause contractors to raise prices for asbestos siding removal. Factors like your home’s location, the city the property is located in, the contractor or team you hire, the type and quality of materials used in the replacement and more.
If you aiming for a do-it-yourself removal job, calculating costs can be extremely difficult as you may not have a full grasp of the costs associated with the job. Things like disposal costs can vary significantly based on the state you live in. As well, if you inappropriately discard asbestos materials, you could face fines and additional costs not included in the price of removal. That is why it is best to hire a licensed and certified contractor with experience handling asbestos material.
The Average Cost of Asbestos Siding Removal
For the bare-bones cost of basic removal of asbestos siding, using a contractor, you are likely to face a price range from $1,000 to upwards of $10,000. This range is dependent upon several factors including the size of your home, the amount of siding you need replaced or removed, and the location of the home (city versus rural area, etc). One of the great things about this procedure is asbestos siding is pretty easy to remove and replace if necessary. Because it is located outside of the home’s structure, removal does not require the same type of costly equipment that is usually reserved for indoor asbestos removal jobs to do things like to collect fibers and purify the air.
If the thought of spending in excess of ten thousand dollars scares you, you are in luck as most removal job cost considerably lower than that. In addition to ensuring any contractor you hire is licensed to handle and properly dispose of the substance, be sure that any binding document or contract you sign contains an outline of how they plan to dispose of asbestos material. Remember, improper disposal can end up being a hidden cost to you if you live in a state that issues fines for careless removal of asbestos materials.
Average Cost for Do-It-Yourself Siding Removal
If you must insist on removing asbestos siding yourself, you can save on costs. One of the first things you will have to do is buy quality respirator that has been specially recommended for work with the hazardous dust that asbestos removal can cause. Also, special Tyvek suits are necessary, as are proper contractor bags designed to hold dangerous materials such as asbestos. Of course, for those higher and harder to reach areas outside, you will need need a ladder. And finally, tools such as a hammer and a pry bar are necessary to loosen the siding, priming it for removal.
It is best to remove shingles one by one in order to keep the potential for dust and other hazardous chemicals to a minimum. Some contractors prefer to remove shingles by hand, with the correct safety gloves, of course. Perhaps the most challenging part of the job is disposing of the material containing asbestos. Before attempting the job, make sure you exactly how you can transport the materials and where they are accepted, as not all landfills take hazardous substances and some of them that do, charge more.
Average Costs to Replace Siding
In many cases, this process is more than simple removal. A general estimate to replace asbestos siding can run anywhere from $5000 to $10,000. That figure is higher than removal because it incorporates removal and the supplies necessary for replacement as well. Because asbestos siding was not typically used in conjunction with other siding options, once it is removed, there is a big chance that your home will look like it’s been reduced to the studs. The easiest way to remedy that is with replacement siding.
Overall, the final cost of asbestos removal and replacement can vary, but it all depends on how large your home is and how many of the structure needs to be replaced. When in doubt, contacting a professional asbestos team is the best way to learn more and get your questions answered.