Vinyl flooring and thermoplastic floor tiles were popular in houses built between the 1950s and mid-1980s. However, it was very common for flooring from this period to contain asbestos. Because floor tiles containing asbestos are very hard-wearing, they were used in high occupancy areas such as stairwells, entrance halls, and kitchens.
Nowadays, many homeowners wish to remove asbestos flooring for several reasons such as redecorating or they have become damaged. However, removing asbestos floor tiles can pose a health risk. You should consult a licensed professional if you believe your floors may contain asbestos.
Amiante STR is a specialist asbestos contractor serving all of your domestic needs in London and Hampshire. HSE licensed, ISO certified and fully insured, we are experts in removing all forms of domestic asbestos containing material (ACM’s), including vinyl tile asbestos.
Before removing vinyl and tiles, it’s important to identify if it contains asbestos. If your home was decorated with floorings such as vinyl, Marley tiles or thermoplastic tiles before the mid-1980s, then it will almost certainly contain asbestos. However, if the flooring was installed after this, then there is still a chance that it may contain asbestos. A home asbestos survey will help you to identify if your home has asbestos.
Once the presence of asbestos is identified, we can then discuss your options for its safe removal.
Asbestos floor tiles were seen to be extremely hard-wearing and cheap. This made them extremely appealing to residential builders, especially for homes with large floor areas to cover. Typically you will find asbestos flooring in highly-used areas such as stairways and kitchens.
In many homes built before the 1980s, it is common to find asbestos floor tiles that have been covered over the years by carpeting. The use of asbestos in flooring materials was gradually phased out, and by 1999 the use of asbestos was banned in the UK.
Asbestos in vinyl products is not considered a risk if left undisturbed. However, if disturbed, such as during redecoration, the dust released can pose a serious health risk. If your flooring does contain asbestos, we recommend it be removed safely by a professional with the appropriate knowledge. Contact us today for advice and a quotation.
Each removal option is unique to the client and their domestic property. We will assess and discuss your individual circumstances and requirements at the quotation stage.
Several factors can affect the cost including the type of asbestos flooring, its age and the size of the area needing removal.
We aim to provide competitive quotations for your timeframe and budgetary requirements. Contact us today for a quote.
There are several common places within residential properties that may contain asbestos. Thermoplastic asbestos tiles, Marley floor tiles and other asbestos containing domestic flooring materials are fairly common in properties built before 1999.
For more information see our interactive infographic showing the typical locations of asbestos.