Not necessarily. Most people choose to install a new material over the existing asbestos roofing or siding. This can be done safely as long as the underlying asbestos material is not impacted by nails or broken in any way during installation of the new material.
The condition of the material should be inspected prior to going over any asbestos-containing material. If the material is damaged in any way or has the potential to be damaged during construction, it must be removed and not covered.
Yes, it can be extremely dangerous, depending on the condition of the material. The EPA reports that it can cause serious health problems such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.
It’s important to note that when removing asbestos from roofing or siding, the material should not be dropped to the ground. It should be properly bagged and lowered to the ground in an effort to limit any potential for breakage. Also, the material must be wet the during the entire process of removal. Special care should be taken to make sure that the material remains in a non-friable state during the removal; this includes ensure the material remains intact.
Here’s an overview of what you can expect with EnviroVantage:
629 Calef Highway (Route 125)
Epping, NH 03042
10 Spencer Street
Stoneham, MA 02180
680 Stroudwater Street
Westbrook, ME 04092
EnviroVantage provides residential asbestos removal services in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. We also offer commercial and industrial asbestos abatement. Please call 1-800-640-5323 for more information or to get a quote.