A reader's Asbestos question: Asbestos house renovation?
Kim from Perth W. Australia had this asbestos house renovation question.
Hi Bill, I have an old Fibro/asbestos house which we want to tart up the outside. We will have to remove the old joining mouldings and flush the joins.
The joins have a metal weather flashing which overlaps the bottom sheet by about 12mm.
I am wondering what I can use to do the flushing in a way that wont crack a year down the track.
I have come up with using the Gyprock fibreglass mesh to go over the joint after applying some flexible compound(no more gaps type stuff) and then flushing with Gyprock cement.
I have also just had a look at some 100% acrylic roof ridge cap fixing compound www.elasto-max.com I know this is for roofs, but think if I apply the Gyprock jointing mesh over the joins and then apply the elasto-max it may give a good flexible finish that should not crack easily.
We are going to paint the house with a thicker stone look paint that hides imperfections well.Cheers and thanks
I'd be interested to know which way you do it and what your opinions are at the end of the job, as it is a fairly common problem.
Cheers Bill for quick reply!
Yes you could be right about Elastomax being too thick, but will look a little further/give them a ring. The flexible is the only way to go as cracks along the joins would come all to easy a year down the track and ruin lots of work. We are selling the house but I still want to do the right thing/good job.
Funny you should mention waterproofing for bathrooms, as another product I was looking at as a contender is
I had already done a small section using no more gaps filler and the Gyprock mesh to see how it would look and it is ok but would require feathering off the joint(to about 300mm wide) using and external filler/flushing cement to make the join less obvious/bulky.
As mentioned we would also use thicker stone look paint which also hides imperfections a little bit. I am not trying to make it look like it is not Fibro as it is what it is, but just trying to improve the over all look. We are thinking of selling in a year or so and just want a good over all finish.
We have looked at using mini orb as it looks more classy than custom orb(we think) but we are told by real estate agents not to spend too much money on the cladding as we wont get that money back.
Personally I think spending the money on metal cladding would add value but they don't think so?? I personally like it mounted vertically, but that would require batons being fixed to stud work, with boxing and flashing around windows etc(so horizontal is the easiest option)
Will let you know what I come up with and if it is coating of some sort happy to provide some pictures and feed back as it progresses and how it all looks etc.Cheers
Just another quick note to you Bill, you mentioned using the custom orb as a cover up job, so just wondering how you go getting the tech screws through 50 year old asbestos??
If you are thinking of using custom orb it is definitely dearer, and will take you longer, but it will add value. The other way is just a way of putting off a permanent fix.
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