Guest User
2/1/2006
hello we have an asbestos tile roof that was put on our home in 1925. in the fall of 2004 we suffered through 3 hurricanes that passed directly over central florida and left our roof unrepairable. we have been researching the different types of roofing materials for about 8 months and have decided that standing seam is the way to go. we've gotten alot of quotes coming back and it really is alot more than we were expecting based on how much our neighbors are paying to have roofs (rooves? (c: ) twice as big redone with asphalt shingles. i understand that metal is a more expensive roofing material, but i wasn't expecting to pay 4 times as much. my question is this: would it be wise of me to contract one person to remove the asbestos tiles and have someone else do the roof? can i get quotes on the different parts of the roof, ie underlayment, metal, and then pick the ones that come back most reasonable? i'm not sure if i'm getting really high quotes based on my neighborhood, but i really want to do what is right for our home as well as our pocket! thanks
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
2/1/2006
All contracting services are at a premium in Florida at the moment due to high demand and resulting labor shortages. That is unfortunate but it seems to be the case. Could you split this up? I guess you could do whatever you want but the furthest I would go is to maybe split up the tear-off and new underlayment from the rest of the roof. Youmay find some savings to that and it shouldn't cause too much trouble except you will wnat to make sure the two trades are timed well so one follows directly after the other and you will want to make sure that the appropriate underlayment is used and it is installed properly for the roof you're buying. One problem with splitting up the job further is it becomes hard to tell who is responsible for what and the different contractors will point fingers at each other if something does go awry. One additional thought -- some metal roofs, especially the shake, tile and shingle products, can be installed over old asbestos in many cases using self-drilling stainless steel screws. This could save substantial money and still get you a very nice metal roof. Additionally, the EPA generally is in favor of encapsulixation of old asbestos roofing rather than tear off and disposal.
Guest User
2/1/2006
i had thought of this option, we were looking at country manor shake, but asbestos has such a stigma and we have small children and i would just feel safer getting rid of the asbestos. is there anywhere on this site that has side by side ratings for the different products? we have decided that standing seam is the option for us, but there are still so many different options. we have NO insulation in our upstairs (last time we had the asbestos tiles repaired a nail actually came through our bedroom ceiling!) so, living in florida, heat retention is one of our issues. also, since we have alot of moisture, a rust resistant product is tops on our list. i appreciate your help!
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
2/1/2006
Really, ther eis no "side by side" comparison of products but, to me, the most important thing is for a homeowner to understand the different metals, the different coatings, and the different profiles. Once you understand these things, then you can start to make informed decisions as to what is best for you. If you email me at [email protected], I have an article I can send to you that explains these things. You may have to cut and paste this but here's a link to an article on asbestos roofing removal. The fibers in asbestos roofing are not dangerous unless they become airborne. It is important to be aware of this in the removal process. When I have had people install roofs over asbestos, I have had them install the underlayment as they go so that the asbestos is fully encapsulated and the fibers have little chance of ever becoming airborne. http://www.deq.state.or.us/aq/asbestos/ASBROOF.pdf Here's another article you may also wnat to read: http://isanet.org/riskmgmt/asbestos.htm
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