A piece of our asbestos siding fell off today...
and GUESS what was underneath?
I pulled up a bit of the steel siding that surrounds the bottom of the house (on the other side, to get a representative sample)...
This makes total sense, as the other 5 identical houses on my side of the street are solid brick. Mine is the only one with siding. I didn't think much about this, because the houses on the OTHER side of the street are NOT brick...they are clapboard style.
It also explains some of the oddities, like the extra deep front door jamb and the very sunken looking windows!
Now, who would put asbestos siding over brick?
It seems to be in good condition... the mortar looks EXCELLENT, as it should since it was protected from the elements for at least 50 years. There are 1x2's nailed into the mortar to hold up the siding, and tar paper over the brick and under the siding.
I'm thinking that it's worth stripping down the house to see... at least remove all of the steel bottom siding to check on the brick's condition. Asbestos abatement is expensive... but I think ending up with a brick house would be worth the expense (we can do it ourself, too, in this state)! Alternately, if the brick is damaged beyond use, it will make a great surface to stucco over, which was an alternate idea for siding this house (lots in the area are originally stucco).
What have you found under your old siding?