Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Reproduction Shingle Siding

Call me crazy, but I have always liked the look of asbestos siding on the mid-century ranch houses in my area.  I am well aware of the dangers of asbestos, but that doesn't stop me from admiring the style of this siding.  I have been wondering what a person should do if they need to replace some shingles on their home without having to re-side the whole house.  Asbestos products are no longer produced, so the original product is no longer available.  I have found one company, however, that reproduces the shingles in fiber cement board.   They are quite pricey, in my opinion, but probably much better than having to re-side the house.

What I have found is WeatherSide from GAF. 

This company offers several different profiles of the siding so you should be able to find something to match up with what is already on your house.


My favorite of all is the wavy edge shingle.


You can also get it in straight edge and thatched edge.  My second pick would be the thatched design.

They offer other products as well, such as striated surface straight edge shingles.

I think this is probably an invaluable resource if you need to replace some damaged asbestos siding.  You can view the GAF website here: GAF WeatherSide.

Please remember that asbestos is a dangerous material, and it is really best to not disturb it if at all possible.  I highly recommend you consider having a professional remove and replace the damaged pieces.

Lastly, as always, I have no affiliation with the above manufacturer.  I have added this to the blog to help those who need to replace or restore their vintage asbestos siding.  Good luck with your restoration!


  1. Our house has the original asbestos siding, and I really love it. We also found a stack of extra shingles when we moved into the house. I will keep this company in mind in case we ever need more. I hope we never run into a problem though (I bet people charge a ton working on asbestos, or just refuse). Nice to know someone is making them.


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