Selling A House With An Asbestos Roof
If you’re planning to sell a house with an asbestos roof, it’s important to address the presence of asbestos properly and transparently. Dealing with asbestos requires caution and adherence to safety guidelines due to its hazardous nature. Asbestos was commonly used in roofing materials in the past due to its fire-resistant and insulating properties. If you have an asbestos roof, it’s important to assess its condition and take appropriate measures. It is also important to disclose the presence of an asbestos roof to potential buyers. Providing accurate and comprehensive information about the condition of the roof, any inspections conducted, and any recommended actions is crucial to maintain trust with potential buyers.
Here are some steps to consider:
Consult a professional: It is highly recommended to consult with a professional asbestos abatement contractor or an asbestos removal specialist. They are experienced in handling asbestos safely and can guide you through the process. A certified asbestos inspector to evaluate the condition of the roof. They will determine if the asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) pose a risk or if they are in good condition and can be left undisturbed.
Determine the condition: Assess the condition of the asbestos roof. If it is in good condition, with no signs of damage or deterioration, it may be possible to leave it undisturbed. However, if it is damaged, deteriorating, or releasing fibers, action, remediation, or removal and replacement is necessary.
Asbestos repair or removal: Depending on the condition of the asbestos roof, you may need to consider repair or removal options. If the roof is in good condition, it may be possible to encapsulate or cover the asbestos-containing materials with non-asbestos materials, effectively sealing the asbestos. If the roof is damaged or deteriorating, removal by a licensed asbestos abatement professional may be necessary.
If removal is necessary, it should be done by professionals who are trained in asbestos abatement. They will follow strict safety protocols to minimize the release of fibers. Asbestos removal should never be attempted as a DIY project due to the health risks involved. Check local regulations regarding asbestos removal and disposal. Different regions may have specific guidelines and requirements, including permits or notifications. Consulting with professionals experienced in asbestos handling will ensure that you take the appropriate steps to address the issue effectively and in compliance with the law.
Disposal: Asbestos waste should be properly sealed, packaged, and labeled according to local regulations. Contact your local waste management authority or environmental agency for guidance on proper disposal methods. They can direct you to authorized facilities that handle asbestos waste. Keep a record of any inspections, repairs, or removal work done on the asbestos roof. This documentation can help provide assurance to potential buyers that appropriate measures were taken.
Price adjustment: Consider adjusting the price of the house to account for the presence of an asbestos roof. Buyers may negotiate a lower price to offset any potential costs they may incur for future repairs or removal.
Remember, asbestos is hazardous when its fibers become airborne and are inhaled. Taking the necessary precautions and seeking professional assistance are crucial for your safety and the well-being of others.
At Sunrise Roofing Company we encounter asbestos roofs on older homes all the time. Most insurance companies will not ensure the roof on a house that is made of asbestos. That does not deter many home owners who have insurance on their homes but decide to forgo the underwriter’s policy on the roof. That can be a poor decision with homes residing in Florida because of the potential for high winds, hurricanes and stormy weather. Give us a call at 904-323-1929 for a free, estimate and inspection of your roof today.