A realtor has advised me she has an upcoming inspection that involves either a cement shingle or an asbestos-cement shingle roof. I don’t have much information and have not seen the property, but the house is a brick rancher built in the 1960s. It has an unfinisthed attic crawl space with no apparent water damage, according to the realtor. It is an estate sale, and no one is sure exactly what kind of roof is on the house.
Much of the sale seems to hinge on the condition of the roof (it is now covered with snow and ice here in Pennsylvania). As a home inspector, I am reluctant to walk on such a roof even in good weather conditions.
Does anyone have experience with such a roof? I don’t. Is there a way to distinguish cement shingles from asbestos-cement shingles, without calling in a roofing contractor?
If it should prove to be an asbestos-cement roof and have to be replaced, what kind of environmental isses are involved?
I am a new home inspector in PA. This is my first post, and I appreciate your help.