How can you tell if you have asbestos floor tiles?
Asbestos flooring was made into the 1980s, If you know when the building was built or renovated, this might help you estimate when the tiles were installed.
- Measure the tiles. Asbestos floor tiles were manufactured in three sizes: 9”x9”, 12”x12” and 18”x18”.
- Examine the condition of the tiles: Intact asbestos tiles are not a major risk and can, in fact, be left in place and covered with other materials such as carpet, vinyl, linoleum or concrete. Tiles that are disintegrating should be handled with extreme care.
- Look for discoloration: Asphalt is a main ingredient in asbestos tiles, and the oil from the asphalt can leach out. If the tiles or the floor beneath show oily discoloration, the tiles very likely contain asbestos.
Most experts recommend that a licensed asbestos contractor be hired for the removal of asbestos tiles.