It's easy to apply and as long as you don't damage the surface of the asbestos tiles, it will cover and prevent the tiles from being exposed. You can see what's involved by — This Old House general contractor Tom Silva. The hardwood materials didn't cost much so I wasn't so worried about what would happen 10 years down the road - in the mean time it was a beautiful upgrade for a few hundred bucks. Creaking, and snapping sounds are likely. As for whether or not to test -what I learned is you can test them, however, it is costly and the advice from many was to remove assuming it is asbestos since 9x9 in our case. Engineered floors must be installed over a perfectly flat surface. This is why we often find vinyl asbestos tile underneath other kinds of floor coverings, like carpet or even sheet vinyl.
You would have to pulverize the tile into microscopic dust in order for it to become harmful, and that small of an area, you should be fine. It made the process of tearing everything up painstakingly difficult. Asbestos is safe and legal to remain in homes or public buildings as long as the asbestos materials are in good condition and not tampered with. The whole asbestos thing to me is a bit blown out of proportion in my experience. This can be accomplished with the use of a flooring buffer and very coarse grit paper.
I really feel healthier and am breathing better. January 8, 2008 0 found this helpful Terry, If you considere removing the vinyl tile, make sure that somebody who is qualified will do it. Joseph Hi Klinney,In your situation for a new floor, the most effective but simplest way you yourself could get a new floor over the asbestos tile is a process called encapsulation. Just please be responsible about this and don't expose your family and yourself to health risks. Removing the asbestos tiles is the second route. But I want to know the best way to cover that so I can put on a new floor. When you locate one that accepts it, ask about its specific regulations.
I have a large area to put new flooring over title. Like — do you know what laminate flooring is? Others have better underlayment systems with foam, cork or other means to both insulate and mitigate sound issues. This way, you avoid contaminating the whole house with asbestos dust, which, if inhaled, can cause serious health problems such as lung cancer or mesothelioma. If necessary, the surface can be flattened by filling the uneven regions with floor patching and leveler compound. Here are some great options that would all work really well over the cement addition- Most products have an attached cork underlayment, and are installed as a floating system. Just to stay clear of any potentially damaging moisture issues, be sure the moisture content is measured properly, concluding that the cement has cured Laminate Flooring- this option is installed as a floating floor system, accompanied by a separate underlayment that also acts as a moisture barrier. The one looks a little bit like a thin foam.
Without fixing any of these conditions the new floor will flex with the undulations caused by a tile floor that is not flat. In the room where we were going to replace the old rug with new rug we discovered old tile. When you tap them, they sound slightly hollow as the person that layed the tiles down did not put enough glue down, resulting in several weak areas around our home. Thank you for your assistance. Nevertheless it pays to know how to identify them and asbestos floor tile removal is a serious business.
Hiring an accredited professional to remove asbestos tiles is the obvious choice but we will also look at how to remove them yourself and, just as importantly, how to dispose of asbestos safely. I think nails would be better less chance of cracking the tile? We have noticed that some of the tile squares are no longer glued down in various places but a majority of the tiles are secure. Shims can be installed under the carpet on the adjacent side offering a gradual ramped up effect. Now in order for asbestos to be breathed into the lungs it must be made micron in size. Unlike other asbestos-containing building materials, asbestos tiles pose little risk to the health of inhabitants.
Certain adhesives are not recommended over existing sheet vinyl or vinyl and cork tile flooring unless an underlayment is put down first. I've thought about just painting over the asbestos tile and having people come and install but I figured that could be dangerous to the people installing the floor. If you have any questions on any of the information in the post, or for more information and product availability of the flooring that we listed above, please feel free to contact us or leave a comment below! I have to use traffic master to match my existing flooring and I don't have any saws or tools to be able to cut the floor myself. There is very good ventilation though. The only way to make it a science is to hire a licensed asbestos inspector or by sending a sample to a lab to be tested, but doing so can be costly and time consuming. Asbestos in flooring is not like pipe wrap, insulation or ceiling texture.
We are looking to change this look to engineered wood flooring. That's what I would do first. So where do you go from here? Pouring concrete over tiles is the best way to seal them. I am a flooring professional and the box stores are a long way from mastering any aspect of flooring. I suspect they contain asbestos. When the carpet was removed recently some of the tiles cracked when the nails and wood that held the carpet down were pulled up.
Was wondering if we can put floorboards down on top of these horrible tiles? Can I do this without tearing up the tile. Some of the floating floors have kind of a hollow sound when you walk over them. I had to take everything down to subfloor to get my hardwood to lay right. I agree that's not going to allow anything to go up into the air. Step 6: Mop the floor thoroughly when the tiles have been removed. Let me know, Thanks, Bob. Has any complaints come back from that application of engineered floor noise, squeaking, like the subflooring is not anchored properly? Will this still conduct the heat as well or should we be looking at other options? I certainly did not do it in other parts of the home when wood was installed.