Many older homes may have the potentially hazardous floor asbestos in their tiles. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that can cause some serious health consequences after long-term exposure. Spotting potential asbestos containing flooring in your home can help you to take the necessary steps to protect you and your family from damage.
Identifying Asbestos Containing Flooring
Flooring tiles are generally easier to spot than ceiling tiles containing asbestos. Typically they are 9 inch by 9 inch tiles that have a 1950s or 1960s look to them. It is generally recommended that if the tiles are in good shape and not damaged, to either leave them or carpet over them. The problem lies when the tiles have damage and create dust which can be released into the air and inhaled.
If your home has any flooring tiles that you are concerned contain asbestos, the best option for you would be to hire an asbestos abatement contractor to come out, evaluate the material and perform any necessary abatement. There is no one way for an untrained eye to identify asbestos in flooring, as most asbestos-containing products were made to look like they were asbestos free. Hiring a professional is your best line of defense in protecting you and your family.