Asbestos in roofing or siding material on residential homes is typically found during a home inspection. Most homeowners are not aware of the possibility of roofing or siding containing asbestos.

While asbestos in your roofing or siding material is not as common as asbestos on your insulation or pipes, it can be found.

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Full rain gutter on roof

What Siding and Roofing Products Contain Asbestos?

Asbestos can be found in asphalt roofing shingles, rolled roofing, sealants, and cement roofing shingles.

How Do I Know if My Roofing or Siding Contains Asbestos?

If your home was built prior to the 1980s, you may have asbestos in your roofing or siding materials. Between the 1940s and 1980s, asbestos was widely used in a variety of building products because of its strength, durability, and fire-resistant properties. Several asbestos products have since been banned by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), but it remains in many older homes today.

Unless you test the material for see asbestos, or it’s found during a home inspection, you likely won’t know whether you have it in your home.

Asbestos corrugated roofing sheet being removed and sealed

Do I Have to Remove Asbestos from My Roof or Siding?

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.

Is Asbestos Hazardous?

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.

What is the Process for Removing Asbestos from the Roof?

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:

  • We will prepare an effective removal plan to best fit your project.
  • Our office staff will prepare and submit all state notification paperwork.
  • Our field staff will go above and beyond to respect your home during the removal process.
  • We will ensure proper disposal of all asbestos material.
  • We will arrange for an independent inspection. This process involves a visual inspection and air samples as needed.
  • Finally, we will create a final report detailing abatement activities and compiling the appropriate documentation.
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Asbestos Removal Services

We offer a variety of asbestos removal services, including:


629 Calef Highway (Route 125)
Epping, NH 03042

10 Spencer Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

680 Stroudwater Street
Westbrook, ME 04092

Asbestos Roofing Removal Service Areas: NH, MA, and ME

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.

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How Much Does It Cost to Remove Roofing Asbestos?

The cost of removing asbestos from your roof will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The location of asbestos on the roof or siding
  • Amount and condition of asbestos
  • Location of the job itself

Removing asbestos from a roof is typically more dangerous than if it were found in other parts of your home because of the height of the structure and the pitch of the roof. Removal of asbestos on your roof or siding can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $8,000, but it’s best to contact us about your specific situation for an accurate quote.

Asbestos Roofing Removal Certifications and Training

All of our asbestos workers undergo intensive training and must pass exams and continuing education courses. Our certifications include:

  • CT Asbestos Contractor
  • MA Asbestos Contractor
  • MA Home Improvement Contractor
  • MD Asbestos Contractor
  • ME Asbestos Abatement Contractor
  • NH Asbestos Abatement Entity
  • NH Asbestos Disp. Site Contractor
  • NY Asbestos Handling License
  • PA Asbestos Contractor
  • RI Contractor Registration
  • RI Asbestos Abatement Contractor
  • VT Asbestos Abatement Entity

We’re also associated with the following associations:


Why EnviroVantage?

We are an established, highly trusted demolition, environmental, and indoor air quality contractor with over 35 of years of experience. Our trained, expert technicians leverage leading-edge equipment and technology while adhering to industry best practices to deliver safe, high-quality services to our clients on job sites every day.

Find out what we can do to help with your project.