04:40AM | 02/13/03
Member Since: 02/12/03
19 lifetime posts
We're in the beginning stages of renovation on a 1920 bungalow-style home and are going to refinishing the original hardwood flooring.

When we pulled back the carpet and padding we discovered an odd floor covering that looks like nothing I've seen before.

The covering is about 1/8 inch thick and the underside is similar to tar paper. The covering is very brittle and is coming up rather easily, but we want to make sure there's nothing hazardous here. I have no idea as to how long this covering has been down on the floor, but I would guess, from paint stains and the age of the carpet that it is more than 20 years old.

Any thoughts on what this might be? Thanks in advance for any thoughts.


02:59PM | 02/13/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
itcould be a couple of things.vinyl asbestos tile (V.A.T.)vinyl comp.tile (V.C.T.) or asphalt tile ,the black sticky stuff is the adhesive(it's called cutback adhesive) that also has asbestos in it. if it's v.a.t. or asphalt tile , it would measure 9" x 9". take a piece to your local health dept and have it tested for asbestos. good luck


03:56PM | 02/13/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
on thinking about it it could also be linoleum,that would be in sheets 6' wide (look for seams 6' from the wall)
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