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Dinosaurus

07:00AM | 04/25/06
Member Since: 06/16/05
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My floor is a black and white block aspestos floor. Do I remove the floor or let the floor there or cover the floor. I am really concerned as to what to do with this floor. There are no cracks anywhere in the floor. I am really concerned about this floor and what to do with it. Leave it alone or cover it or remove it. Please advise.

Fortress

07:23AM | 04/25/06
Member Since: 02/17/05
43 lifetime posts
If the floor is in good condition and still attached securely I would recommend just leaving it and putting your new floor material over it. Floor tile is only hazardous when it is broken up or turned into dust. It sounds like it's just fine where it is.

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Dinosaurus

04:25AM | 04/26/06
Member Since: 06/16/05
140 lifetime posts
I guess my next question is what would I put over the floor? Also in the future I would only want to put something on the floor that would hold up forever. What do you suggest? Should I concrete the basement or carpet it or what is your suggestion? What can I safely put over the floor that will hold up and not crack the tiles in the future? Thanks for all your help

Fortress

08:04AM | 04/27/06
Member Since: 02/17/05
43 lifetime posts
Of course, no floor is forever :-)

But if you are looking for something relatively inexpensive, easy to install, that will hold up for a long time I would suggest one of those expoxy floor paints. Of course, they depend on the tile itself holding up since they are applied directly to the tile surface. If the tile is at risk of coming up or breaking, you would be best to cover it with some other tile or carpet.

Fortress Environmental Solutions

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Dinosaurus

09:24AM | 04/28/06
Member Since: 06/16/05
140 lifetime posts
Possibly down the road it would crack. The house was built in 1960. What would be recommended to put over the tile? To keep it secure and safe? Should I cement it? Should I just put carpet over it? Should I remove it? I would like to make sure that it stays secure where it is so what does anyone suggest? Of course when I bought the house and I was in the basement I asked the inspector if there was any aspestos in the house and of course he said NO. Typicall inspector, guess he was working for the realtor. Anyway that is a different story. So any recommendations would be appreciated. i do not like it and I need to secure it forever. Thanks

Fortress

06:44AM | 05/04/06
Member Since: 02/17/05
43 lifetime posts
Anything you put over top of the tile will have a tendency to wear out over time. I have friends that put that expoxy paint I mentioned over there basement tiles and it has stayed in good shape for many many years. Of course, they don't have any water problems either.

Fortress Environmental Solutions

www.fortressusa.com

KingVolcano

03:38PM | 07/24/06
Member Since: 03/03/05
273 lifetime posts
You may want to consider an REAL epoxy floor, not epoxy paint. Do not buy the cheap crap at home depot, buy a good two part INDUSTRIAL epoxy from Ben Moore or Sherwin Williams. Do not buy epoxy paint! This floor will encapsulate the asbestos and will not wear down over time.

Or, seek out an epoxy floor installer in your area. You can have a flat color, a flake or broadcast finish in the color/s of your choice. An epoxy broadcast floor will last your lifetime without issue.

Sunflex is a poured rubberized floor that will expand and contract with weather and age. You would need to find a contractor for this too. Goldenlook.com could point you in the right direction. This floor would be more money than epoxy, but it would never crack.

Since your basement is not exposed to UV, the longevity of an epoxy or Sunflex floor is considerably lengthened. If you have a water issue or hydrostatic pressure, encapsulating is not advised. Removal of the tile is.

Any questiuons - kingvolcano@aol.com
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