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Old 10-20-2012, 07:50 PM   #1
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My wife and I just purchased a house and we would like to finish our basement, however we have a slight hitch as the basement is half covered in old tiles that contain ASBESTOS, we would prefer not to have to pay $3500 to have the removed.

The current tiles that are there cover roughly 1/2 the basement to other 1/2 is concrete. What would be the best solution for putting in flooring and covering up the old tiles? I have been told that if we cover them up we should be ok as the ones that remain are intact and not chipping or cracked.

We have considered sealing the old tiles and then putting in a drycore subfloor over the top and proceeding from there however the drycore is very expensive, and we are looking to do this as cheaply as possible. The other idea we had was to use self leveling concrete to build up the 1/16 of an inch or so around the transition area and spread that out over 2 feet or so to build the area up to that height.

Any ideas or advice on how to do this?

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You can put carpet, laminate or engineered right over tiles with no problem.

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Any issues with the floor not being level, or where the transition is?
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:34 AM   #4
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Use 'Feather Finish' by Ardex to feather in the height differance----Self leveling compound can be used to fill low spots.
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