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Asbestos cement siding and asbestos abatement professionals.

Asbestos cement siding is not likely to release asbestos fibres unless sanded, scraped, sawed, drilled, or cut. If you have asbestos siding on home, don't panic! Usually, the best thing is to leave asbestos material that is in good condition alone. Generally, siding in good condition will not release asbestos fibres. There is no danger unless fibres are released and inhaled into the lungs. Asbestos siding removal should be left to a professional asbestos removal contractor

Asbestos siding was the first practical alternative to wood siding.

Asbestos cement was first developed in the early 1900s by the Johns-Manville company, who became a major manufacturer of cement-asbestos materials. Asbestos-cement is a mixture of portland cement reinforced with asbestos fibers. Asbestos siding will not burn and is a practical alternative to wood. The siding will absorb moisture, fades quickly and is a poor insulator. It is easy to paint and easy to clean. Asbestos cement siding is very brittle, difficult to find replacements and dangerous if pulverized by sawing, sanding, breaking, etc. You can't install new siding properly over old asbestos because you can't drive nails through the hard and brittle asbestos siding. You'd need to pre-drill first, and that would release asbestos dust in the air.
Before taking down the old asbestos cement siding get the opinions from three different asbestos abatement professionals.
Asbestos siding was popular until aluminum siding became available in the 1950s.

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