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asbestos soffit?

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Whitecoconut Mon 16-Nov-15 15:59:57

I have a 1950s house and the soffit may contain asbestos? The homebuyer report from five years ago did not reveal any asbesto products but looking at photos online, the soffit looks like it. What are these soffits usually made of in a 1950s house?

JT05 Mon 16-Nov-15 18:23:05

Asbestos was often used at that time. Specialist firms will come and take a sample. Some can be removed by licenced builders, the more dangerous sort needs a specialist firm.

specialsubject Mon 16-Nov-15 18:46:10

..or if they are in solid condition,you may also be able to cover them with UPVC.

PolterGoose Mon 16-Nov-15 18:53:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Whitecoconut Mon 16-Nov-15 19:10:27

Can I just paint over it? How much does it cost to cover with UPVC?

Whitecoconut Mon 16-Nov-15 19:12:12

If it was covered by UPVC, did you have to drill into the boards because I don't want to disturb the soffit.

Whitecoconut Mon 16-Nov-15 19:16:23

If it was covered by UPVC, did you have to drill into the boards because I don't want to disturb the soffit.

Whitecoconut Tue 17-Nov-15 12:43:51

So it is OK to paint over the boards? I'm going to get someone in but want to gather more info before the job starts.

specialsubject Tue 17-Nov-15 13:28:05

it's a big 'it depends'. The only thing to do is get the usual 3 quotes. We did and they were massively different, went for the cheapest who were competent, reliable, professional, friendly, communicative and did an excellent job.

I am still reeling with surprise!

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