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Question DetailsAsked on 2/3/2015

What roofing companies in the Hampton Roads area (Virginia) do repairs or replacements on asbestos shingled roofs?

We have a home built in 1940 and thus has an asbestos shingled roof. We would like it inspected and any repairs made if needed. If we need a roof replacement, who would do that in the hampton roads area?

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Sure shows the benefits of asbestos and true tar shingles, doesn't it - recently had a neighbor replace an original roof on a 1940's house with same type shingles. Pity manufacturers don't make a top-quality heavy-weight asbestos (the non-hazardous variety) and true tar product - I would use it in a heartbeat. Though GAF has come close with their rubberized hail-resistant and arctic-grade shingle products.

Any Roofer should be able to inspect and do minor repairs (replace missing shingles, slide in a bit of replacement flashing, etc).

Your Search the List category is Roofing - but you will have to choose a few with good ratings and reviews to call and ask if they do full reroofs on asbestos shingles, or if not if they can recommend one who does. I have not heard of ANY residential roofing companies who do the removal - ones I have heard of hired an asbestos abatement subcontractor to do the removal (including replacement of any needed sheathing) and put down the roof wrap/tar paper to provide a "clean" surface for the roofing company to shingle over. Or refer you to a commercial roofing company, who commonly deal with ACM in underlying insulation mat or shingles or asbestos board underlayment.

Be sure contract specifies protection from rain/snow and WHO is responsible, so you don't have an exposed sheathing for a few days. Will extend the duration fo the job from 1 day typical simple reroof job to about 3-4 work days, from what I have seen. Cost differential can be maybe 50-100% in areas with local landfills accepting asbestos shingles to many times more than a typical reroof if the ACM (asbestos containing material) has to be treated as a hazardous waste and drummed and shipped off for disposal.

Unfortunately, with a 1940's roof just overlaying it is not likely viable, plus leaves the ACM as a mandatory disclosure item come house sale time. However, depending on what bids you get, if your existing singles are pretty flat-laying, you might choose a roofover just from a cost standpoint.

And of course I presume you know the shingles are actually from 1940 and not a more recent reroof, and that they contain asbestos - just being from 1940 does not necessarily mean they have asbestos. Could be hemp, cotton, rag felt, or wood fiber reinforced. I would rwecommend lab testing to avoid possibly paying a lot more for a reroof thann is needed.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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