Asbestos siding removal costs can be substantial, with several factors impacting the bottom line number.
Like any home improvement project, costs can vary widely based on the part of the country you’re located, the contractor you choose (if you don’t do the work yourself), and the type and quality of materials used.
Calculating asbestos siding removal costs is even more difficult, as any contractor you hire will need to be certified and licensed to work with asbestos material.
Disposal costs can also vary significantly based on the state you live in and the guidelines and laws regarding the disposal of asbestos containing materials.
Average Asbestos Siding Removal Costs
Costs for just the removal of asbestos siding if you’re using a contractor may range from $1,000 to $10,000+ depending on the size of your home, the amount of siding, and where you live.
Asbestos siding is relatively easy to remove and since it is located outdoors it does not require expensive equipment that must be used indoors to collect all asbestos fibers.
In most cases removal costs will be on the lower end of that range. Make sure that any contract you sign includes the disposal of asbestos material, as those costs can be sizable.
Costs for DIY Siding Removal
If you choose to remove asbestos siding yourself, your costs will be much smaller. You’ll have to buy a respirator rated for work with toxic dust and asbestos, Tyvek suits, and lots of contractor bags but that’s it for specialized equipment. You’ll also need a ladder and some common hand tools such as a small pry bar and hammer
The process of removing asbestos siding shingles is relatively simple, as you’re just carefully removing each shingle by hand, one by one.
Disposing of asbestos material is sometimes the most difficult part of tackle the job yourself as a homeowner. Not every landfill accepts asbestos waste and those that do often charge much higher fees.
The EPA and state organizations usually can provide resources for homeowners and residents looking for options when it comes to asbestos siding disposal.
Costs for Replacement Siding
Estimating the total cost of asbestos siding removal means you have to factor in the cost of replacement siding and the labor to install it.
Asbestos siding was very rarely installed over other siding, so once it’s removed you’ll likely be looking at plywood, sheathing, or bare wood underneath.
Many different factors impact the final cost but the primary ones are the type of siding you’ll be installing and how large your home is.
Each case is different but costs for siding + installation (assuming you’ve already removed your old siding or had it removed) will likely run between $5,000 to $10,000.