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    Apprentice (new member) angejjoz's Avatar
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    Default To cover asbestos or not?

    I have asbestos on some floors of units I am renovating. Two upstairs and two downstairs. Firstly I would like to know if I can cover this with another type of flooring eg: Laminate flooring. Is this ok and also with a concrete floor would the noise of the floorboards be too much for the unit below. There is also some asbestos in the portico area (common walkway) can this also be covered, I was thinking of using indoor outdoor carpet? If I was to remove the asbestos could I then paint the floor to keep costs down? I was wondering about the glue that may have been used and would it come up? Thanks for helping me with this dilema...it is hard to get some straight answers.

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    when you say you have asbestos,what is it?is it vinyl tiles or underlay or what us it?

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    They are asbestos floor tiles. They are glued down and aparently low grade, we had them tested.

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    I'm no expert, but IMHO the safest option is to remove 'em, which'll pretty much cost you an arm and a leg. Not so much for the labour, as for the sealing of the area during removal and final disposal. It's still cheaper than being sued over health hazards.

    If the tiles are in good condition, no breaks or powdering, you could get away with covering 'em, provided whatever you cover 'em with doesn't involve any damage to the tiles. Preferably not even screws. A floating floor with an underlay would be good, but raises the floor height. Gluing to the tiles could work but wouldn't be my choice. Even good carpet'd do, but all of these are really only temporay workarounds in the long run... leaving intact asbestos in walls or roofs is one thing but floors tend to be high wear areas.
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    Default Asbestos in reno's

    The problem you'll be left with Angel is that when you sell the units the buyer will know the asbestos is there only if you tell them. They will then walk away or reduce any offer. If you have a good conscience you'll tell them - caveat emptor notwithstanding - if not you will be subjecting any future owner to risk.
    Similar tiles were used in a hospital here in Tasmania and when it was demolished the tiles, though low in brown asbestos, had to be removed by the specialists.

    If I was you I'd take no chances, do the right thing and spend the money to get rid of the stuff.

    Here in Tassie (at least in my municipality) the regulations allow an individual to remove a maximum of 20m2 per day provided you wear a full body suit (one of those zip up disposibles will do the job), wear a chemical filtered dust mask and wrap the asbestos (the tiles) in heavy plastic. Most councils will pick up and dispose or Collex are registered to handle the stuff.

    You'll sleep better knowing you won't be responsible for someone developing asbestosis or mesothelioma, both fatal.
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    I have 12 by 12 vinyl floor tiles I am removing. They are 20 years old, or so.. How do I know if there is an asbestos risk.....?thanks..

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    Once again, I'm no expert, but from what I have read, asbestos is relatively benign if left undisturbed. I have a house built in the 70's and I know that all my eaves are asbestos. (Apparently around 92% of houses built between 1965-1979 will have eaves made of asbestos in the ACT area). All the backer boards of any original tiled areas in my house are also asbestos.

    Most of the "official" information I have read on asbestos does claim that the health risks are "negligible" if left undisturbed.

    I obviously haven't seen what you are working with, but if it were me I would be looking at perhaps somehow "sealing" the old asbestos and then covering over it. My feeling is that it may potentially be more hazardous to pull them up. The dust will get everywhere. However, if the surface is not sound, then you may not have a choice but to get a professional in.

    All home renovators who work on a house built before 1985 should be mindful of the fact that there is a good chance that their home contains asbestos and approach any work accordingly.

    I wish I knew this beforehand as unfortunately I found myself sitting in my bathroom over 1 year ago literally tearing up cement sheeting before realizing it could be asbestos. A test at a lab confirmed it was.

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