Asbestos was once a commonly-used building material. It is a naturally occurring silicate mineral that can be used to create a fibrous material that insulates well and is fireproof, making it, what was thought to be, an ideal siding material. Until the late 1970s, asbestos was used in some form in almost every building constructed in the United States. Removing asbestos siding can be a challenge that many Southeast Pennsylvania remodeling contractors are not equipped to handle. Fortunately, Porter Family Exteriors can tackle removing your aspestos siding and any other home exterior remodeling challenges you may face.
Asbestos: The Silent Danger in Your Siding
In 1989, the use of asbestos in siding materials was banned in the United States. Scientists discovered many associated health risks if asbestos is inhaled in considerable quantities over time. These complications include lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Homeowners are often unsure whether or not the siding on their home contains asbestos and, if so, how to handle it. Few contractors are equipped to handle asbestos removal. Even fewer will take on a residential project as their teams are contracted with commercial and government projects.
Depending on where you live, special permits must be obtained to work on asbestos siding removal. While homeowners can do this without a contractor, great care and many special procedures and disposal methods must be followed that can be overwhelming.
Porter Family Exteriors has years of experience in remodeling, including removing and replacing asbestos siding. We know the codes, requirements, and la
Asbestos Siding Removal: Porter Can When Others Can’t
At Porter Family Exteriors, we start with a thorough consultation. We’ll discuss your budget and the timeline, review what asbestos is, and discuss how we will remove the siding. It is a more extended project than just typical siding removal. It must be done methodically so as not to damage the asbestos siding — we don’t cut, grind, or break up the siding which could result in asbestos dust floating in the air. Just removing asbestos siding can take 2-3 days, making the whole project take anywhere from 1-3 weeks from start to finish, depending on the size of your home.
Our crew and installers are extremely careful with the asbestos siding removal. The project manager is present during the removal process to serve as quality control and ensure that the asbestos removal is up to code. We always use the required dumpster company that will take the removed asbestos siding to the appropriate landfill. We also put our clients’ minds at ease in letting them know that the asbestos in their siding is less dangerous than the asbestos inside a home or insulation.
What Comes After Asbestos Siding Removal?
Porter Family Exteriors has two solid recommendations for new siding to suit the budget of your siding update project.
James Hardie siding is weatherproof, water-resistant, and low-maintenance. Made from a blend of cement, water, sand, and cellulose fibers, this beautiful siding has a wood-grain appearance and only needs cleaning once a year.
We have decades of experience replacing undesirable siding with James Hardie fiber cement siding here in southeast Pennsylvania. As a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor, we’ve consistently earned five-star recommendations from satisfied homeowners, just like you!
Vinyl siding is our budget-friendly recommendation for new siding once your old asbestos siding has been removed and disposed of properly. Porter Family Exteriors has been installing vinyl siding professionally for over 40 years. When you work with our experienced, local vinyl siding installation team—you can trust your home is in good hands!
Plus, we stand behind our workmanship with a ten-year warranty!