I need new flooring on the second floor of my two story house. Must I remove old asbestos tiles or can they be covered with the new flooring.
Asbestos tiles can pose a major health risk]. Any damage to the tiles can release asbestos fibers into the air where they can be inhaled and cause serious illness. However, removing those asbestos floor tiles can be even more dangerous. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency recommend covering asbestos floor tiles rather than removing them.
How to cover them will depend upon what you are intending to install on top.
Kingsway Construction Inc.
I agree with what Glen states totally. Asbestos fibres are very dangerous, so if you plan to get rid of them, please remember to wear the appropriate protective gear. Covering them is the safest thing to do, but having them out of your home may be the best thing in the long run.
Here in Quebec, having the tiles under another flooring covering might well be considered as a "hidden defect", (and you can be sued for conditions like that up to 7 years after the sale of the property), so it would be best to have it safely and professionally removed and disposed of in accordance to the laws of the province you live in. In light of the fact that laws pertaining to hazardous materials are often under revision in each province, this would be the most prudent action to take, regardless of the current legalities. My 2 cents for what it's worth as a homeowner.
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