Replacing an Asbestos Fence
Did you recently move onto a new property? Did you find out that the fence around your property is an asbestos fence?
It’s disheartening news if it happens to you, and you might choose to have the asbestos fence taken down and hauled away. That’s an understandable choice, you do actually have other choices you can make.
Repainting Undamaged Fences
It’s actually possible to repaint a fence in a way that minimizes the levels of asbestos exposure and risk, although full removal is the only surefire way to be safe. Full removal is usually recommended, although that doesn’t work for everyone and is not feasible in all circumstances.
An asbestos fence can be upgraded for additional safety, but also to increase the usable lifespan of the fence, which is certainly desirable in cases where taking the fence down is not practical or possible. On the other hand, these upgrade and maintenance services are harder and harder to come by. Given the risks involved, fewer outfits offer such services.
An asbestos fence is not actually a danger to anyone, so long as there is not damage, but many property owners still make the choice to swap out an asbestos fence for something made of other, safer materials.
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Inspection and Testing – Collect a sample and send it to a lab
Asbestos Roofing – Roof inspection and disposal services
Safety Checklist – 19 point safety checklist
Choosing a New Fence Material
When the time comes that you have decided to have your asbestos fence removed and replaced, then you need to look at alternatives and choose one. There are quite a few you can pick from, although you need to keep in mind that older materials are more likely to need maintenance over time than newer ones. Common fencing material options include but are not limited to stone, steel, timber, wrought iron, and bricks.
Stone and brick fences practically last an eternity. Stone fencing might need to be cleaned once in a while, but if the construction is handled by a professional stone mason, very little maintenance is required after the fact. Brick is likewise low maintenance, although recurring repainting might be needed if you choose to have your brick fence painted and rendered. Expect decades of usefulness and sturdiness from wrought iron or steel fencing. However, rust can be a huge risk. Head this off with professional installation and follow-up maintenance. Timber has the tradeoff of needing the most maintenance over time, but is among the cheapest options not just to install, but also repair or replace.
Modern technology offers materials like glass, aluminum, vinyl and even PVC fences. Any of these modern materials is extremely easy to keep up. Often all you need to clean them is water, so a heavy rain or a few minutes with a hose gets the job done. If you need heavy-duty fencing or have security in mind, though, then aluminum, PVC and vinyl do not sport the raw strength you get from wrought iron or steel. Glass fences are surprisingly strong, but as you can imagine, impact can be a problem. Glass fencing doesn’t work well near a roadside, but can look nice around your pool.
It can make sense to replace or fix up an asbestos fence. Just make sure the new fence is installed appropriately so that it too is safe for your property. Consult a professional for a consultation and options.
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Below is a video about a guy who replaced his asbestos fence with a new colorbond one: