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Old 03-30-2013, 10:11 PM   #1
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Hello,

I'm looking for some suggestions. I'm renovating a basement workshop that currently has asbestos floor tiles. The tiles are mostly intact and I would prefer to cover them as opposed to removal. I'm also trying to avoid drilling into these tiles since I'm pretty sure they're made of asbestos material.

This room will be primarily used for wood working, but I might also bring in some heavy items and need the flooring to be durable. Any suggestions? I'm not too concerned about price as the room is not huge. I was hoping there might be some kind of a floating wood floor option.

Thanks in advance.

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A vaper barrier and engineered flooring is one option.

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I would do both of:
1. Paint the floor with a paint that is good enough to "encapsulate" the asbestos.
2. Put down a durable "finish" floor.
Even with a finish floor on top, some chipping of the asbestos flooring will occur and the encapsulating layer will at least keep most of the pieces large as opposed to produce asbestos dust.
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Waste of time but if it makes you feel better it's not going to do any harm.

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Thanks for the responses. Has anyone had any experience with waterproof floating vinyl flooring? Since I'm in a basement I like the idea of something that can handle water/moisture. The stuff looks like wood, I'm just not sure how durable it is.
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Vinyl to me would not be an option. If it gets cut it will open up bigger. I am a hardwood floor installer by trade and a woodworker by heart. I would make sure all the tile are secure to the floor and then give them a good cleaning. when this is done you can put an epoxy floor down. It is easy to do. You can get the kits from the box stores. It is a very durable floor. I have painted several on garage floors.
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That's a good suggestion, I never considered an epoxy flooring. One issue might be that a few of the floor tiles are missing. I guess I would need to figure out a way to level those areas prior to pouring on the epoxy?

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You can use a good floor leveling compound to level where tile are missing and taper down the areas where needed, then put the epoxy on.
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Make sure all tile are sucure.

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