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Old 01-08-2010, 01:54 PM   #1
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Hi, In the process of refinishing my basement I discovered I have asbestos tiles on the floor over concrete ( dry basement except for some summers a bit of humidity). There are 2 layers and most of it is down securly. A few areas are beginning to crack a bit (out of 420 sq ft about 10 tiles or so). So I'm faced with removing them (here in NJ I can do it ...not such a good idea as the only DIY project I've ever done is paint and I don't have enough down time from work - or I pay$$ to have it removed by a professional). My ceiling height is about 79" so I'd like to preserve that as much as possible. I know tile would be good (if I remove the tile right?) but the floor would be pretty cold. I checked into laminate, but get mixed reviews in basement applications and wether it works over the few tiles that are beginning to crack ( at cracking point they raise roughly 1/16" or so) any suggestions? I have roughly 420 sq feet to cover. thank you

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I am not clear on why you are removing the tiles. If you are concerned about the asbestos, first of all how do you know there is asbestos in the tiles? Even if there is, as long as the tiles are intact, there is no significant issue, since asbestos is only a problem if it becomes friable. If you are planning to remove the tiles because you want to put something more attractive down, that is a different matter.

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Why not an IVC vinyl or if you want something warmer, a Kangaback carpet? They can be installed over the old tile.http://vinylflooring.org/movie.html
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The reason I was gonna remove them I was told I had to because there are 2 layers AND a few are slightly cracked...that nothing would go over it. Originally I was gonna do laminate over them, but I don't know what to do with the small raise in a few tiles...most are totally flat and sound about 8-10 tiles have a little crack abput 1" long and bubule up SLIGHTLY bout 1/8" or so.
Also I've been reading laminate is not good for basements.. Soooo I'm trying to get advice as I don't know anything bout this stuff. Can I put something over this stuff? Would laminate or engineered wood be good? I was staying away from carpet because there is slight humidity in some summers, not bad, but there is a little. Don really like sheet vinyl...and vinyl tile can't go over it...right?
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IVC vinyl can be loose-laid right over the tiles.
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