Asbestos Soffits & Fascia’s Removal Cost Guide for 2021

What’s included in the cost and what you would expect to pay for the removal of asbestos Soffits & Fascia’s

In this article you will find everything you need to know about the cost and what you would expect to pay for the removal of asbestos soffits and fascia’s. A soffit and or a fascia is a term used to describe the part of a roof on the external of a structure or building.  They generally run around the perimeter of the roof line.

When it comes to asbestos the material will either be asbestos board or asbestos cement. With these asbestos materials there is a big difference in the way that each is removed. As such there is a big difference in the cost of removing these types of asbestos soffit or facia.

Generally speaking, asbestos cement soffits or fascia’s are a less hazardous type of asbestos which means the cost can be significantly lower than that of asbestos board soffits and facias. Another big difference in cost and price for removal will be the height at which the soffits and fascia’s are located.

This is a guide and is designed to give you an idea of cost. Once you have looked at the guide and feel that the asbestos removal will be within your budget you will need to speak to a member of the team to give you a fixed quotation. This quotation will be based on all the details specific to your project.

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Each of the following costs for removal of asbestos soffits and fascia’s is determined by many factors. Below you will find detailed information which will help you understand what cost is relevant to you and why.

Before you view the pricing, structure here is some basic information which will help you in understanding the costs surrounding the removal of asbestos soffits and fascia’s.

When were asbestos soffits and fascia’s used?

Asbestos in many forms has been used in buildings since circa 1900. Asbestos board products usage and decline was circ 1985 with changes in legislation, however asbestos cement continued to be used up until the end of 1999 when it was prohibited.

If your building was built before 2000 then there is a probability that your soffits and fascia’s are or have been an asbestos product. From 1985 onwards these asbestos products are likely to be cement. Anything prior to 1985 and they are likely to be asbestos board.

Do I need an asbestos survey?

Yes. Prior to the safe removal and disposal of asbestos soffits and fascia’s you must identify the asbestos which is present. A survey will also identify its extent and exact locations. This allows the asbestos removal contractor to prepare the required risk assessments to ensure safe removal of the asbestos materials.

Does the type of asbestos matter?

Yes, the two types of soffits and fascia’s are asbestos cement and asbestos board. They have very different removal techniques. These technique differences are due to the hazard each material presents. The higher the hazard and risk the more in depth and detailed the removal techniques.

1. Asbestos Board Soffits & Facias:

Asbestos board soffits and fascia’s are the higher risk category. To undertake the removal of asbestos board soffits and fascia’s is a licensed activity and requires contractors to be fully licensed for the works by the HSE.

The work involved requires far more control measures, takes longer to complete and as such has a higher cost than that of asbestos cement soffit and fascia removal.

2. Asbestos Cement Soffits & Facias:

Asbestos cement soffits and fascia’s are in the lower risk category. To undertake the removal of asbestos cement soffits and fascia’s is not a licensed activity and a contractor is not required to hold an HSE asbestos license. However, there is still a sizeable risk even though it is not as high as the risk from asbestos board. The work still requires removal to be undertaken in accordance with current asbestos legislation by trained asbestos professionals. That is why it is still recommended that a fully licensed asbestos removal specialist is still used.

The work involves less control measures to that of asbestos board, is quicker to complete and as such a lower cost than removal of asbestos board soffits and fascia’s.

Are there things that could affect price when removing asbestos soffits and fascia’s?

Yes. As well as the actual removal and disposal of asbestos soffits and fascia’s there is all the setting up to consider. All these things have an impact on the cost of the removal and disposal. In our pricing section we have assumed that all the following will need to be included within the cost. However, these may differ from site to site. The following are a selection of the main things to consider which may influence the price you pay.

Decontamination Facilities

As the risk from asbestos is high when removing insulation board soffits and fascia’s it is a legal requirement that appropriate decontamination facilities are readily available for the duration of the project. These decontamination facilities will be in the form of a decontamination unit (DCU) which will be supplied by the asbestos removal contractor.

Electric and Water

To enable the asbestos soffit and facia removal to take place the contractor will need an adequate supply of electric and water for the duration of the project. Some sites require external power and water supplies through generators and water bowsers.

Welfare

In addition to the DCU the contractor will require sufficient on-site welfare facilities for the duration of the project. Although these can be found at many sites it is sometimes easier and safer for the asbestos removal contractor to provide their own.

Enclosure

In nearly all cases of asbestos board removal it will be a legal requirement to ensure the working area is placed within a controlled and enclosed area. This is an airtight or semi airtight enclosure which the asbestos removal contractor builds utilising some of the buildings structure along with heavy duty polythene, tape, and timber. The enclosure is required to have a set of bag locks for entry and exit and a set of waste bag locks for asbestos waste to be removed and appropriately disposed of.

The enclosure must be built to a high quality and have appropriate air extraction equipment installed.

Where the removal of soffits and fascia’s is an asbestos cement product an enclosure is not required, however the working area must be adequately segregated for the safety of others.

Does the location of asbestos soffits and fascia’s affect cost?

Yes. The location of asbestos soffits and fascia’s affects the cost. Where soffits and fascia’s are in hard to reach or hard to access areas there will be additional costs to ensure safe access for the asbestos removal operations to be carried out effectively and safely.

Ground Floor (First Storey): Generally speaking, all soffits and facias which are located to the ground floor areas of a building will be able to be accessed without the need for fixed scaffolding or powered access. As such the cost for access to these areas is lower.

First Floor (Second Storey): Where asbestos soffits and fascia’s are located on two storey structures then more robust access equipment will be required. For the purposes of asbestos cement soffit and fascia removal temporary access scaffold towers are usually sufficient. With asbestos board soffit and fascia removal a fixed scaffold access will be required. This is due to the required control measures and increased asbestos risk.

Second Floor (Third Storey) & Above: Where asbestos soffits and fascia’s are located on three storey structures and above specialist access equipment will be required. For the purposes of asbestos cement soffit and fascia removal powered access equipment is usually sufficient. With asbestos board soffit and fascia removal a fixed scaffold access will be required. This is due to the required control measures and increased asbestos risk.

For the purposes of this guide costs for three storey and above building have not been included due to their very specific requirements.

Do I need asbestos air monitoring and testing during the removal of soffits and fascia’s?

The only legal requirement for testing when removing asbestos soffits and fascia’s is where they are asbestos board. Then there is a requirement for a statutory 4 stage clearance procedure. This is a process which must be undertaken by an independent UKAS accredited consultant on completion of the asbestos removal works. This ensures that the works have been completed to a satisfactory standard and that the area is safe for normal reoccupation.

Additional air testing although not a legal requirement is sometimes considered and recommended dependent on the site and individual circumstances. This additional air monitoring can be used to provide data on the effectiveness of control measures being used for the asbestos soffit and fascia removal which includes both cement and or board.

Cost of removal of asbestos cement soffits and fascia’s. These costs are based on the following assumptions:

  • The removal contractor is responsible for all set up costs.
  • There is good access to the area being worked on.
  • Basic temporary scaffolding or similar to be supplied by the contractor.
  • The depth of the soffit or fascia is no more than 300mm each.
Asbestos Cement:
Soffit & Fascia Removal:
Single Storey
Soffit Only:
Single Storey
Soffit & Fascia:
Two Storey
Soffit Only:
Two Storey
Soffit & Fascia:
Total Length –
10 to 20 linear metres
£45 per Lm£55 per Lm£50 per Lm£60 per Lm
Total Length –
21 to 50 linear metres
£42 per Lm£52 per Lm£47 per Lm£57 per Lm
Total Length –
51 to 100 linear metres
£40 per Lm£50 per Lm£45 per Lm£55 per Lm
Total Length –
100 to 200 linear metres
£38 per Lm£48 per Lm£43 per Lm£53 per Lm
Total Length –
200 to 300 linear metres
£36 per Lm£46 per Lm£41 per Lm£51 per Lm

Cost of removal of asbestos board soffits and fascia’s. These costs are based on the following assumptions:

  • The removal contractor is responsible for all set up costs.
  • There is good access to the area being worked on.
  • Basic temporary scaffolding or similar to be supplied by the contractor.
  • Statutory 4 stage clearance testing and air monitoring is included.
  • The depth of the soffit or fascia is no more than 300mm.
  • Two storey fixed scaffolding requirement supplied by the client*

(* We can supply our own fixed scaffolding for any asbestos removal project; however, costs are site specific and would need to form part of your specific project quotation)

Asbestos Board:
Soffit & Fascia Removal:
Single Storey
Soffit Only:
Single Storey
Soffit & Fascia:
Two Storey
Soffit Only:
Two Storey
Soffit & Fascia:
Total Length –
10 to 20 linear metres
£105 per Lm£115 per Lm£110 per Lm£120 per Lm
Total Length –
21 to 50 linear metres
£100 per Lm£110 per Lm£105 per Lm£115 per Lm
Total Length –
51 to 100 linear metres
£95 per Lm£105 per Lm£100 per Lm£110 per Lm
Total Length –
100 to 200 linear metres
£90 per Lm£100 per Lm£95 per Lm£105 per Lm
Total Length –
200 to 300 linear metres
£85 per Lm£95 per Lm£90 per Lm£100 per Lm

The key points of asbestos soffit and fascia removal

Here are all the basics you need to remember and consider when looking for costs if you have a project that will require asbestos soffit and fascia removal.

For asbestos board soffits and fascia’s, you must have:

  • A fully HSE licensed and insured asbestos removal contractor.
  • Good and safe access to the working area.
  • A fully or partially enclosed working area.
  • A full decontamination unit and welfare facilities
  • Asbestos removal techniques in line with current legislation.
  • Full and appropriate disposal of asbestos waste.
  • A full 4 stage clearance procedure by a UKAS accredited consultant.

For asbestos cement soffits and fascia’s, you must have:

  • (Recommended) A fully HSE licensed and insured asbestos removal contractor.
  • Good and safe access to the working area.
  • A fully segregated working area.
  • Sufficient welfare facilities
  • Asbestos removal techniques in line with current legislation.
  • Full and appropriate disposal of asbestos waste.

 

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