Asbestos Tile Asbestos in vinyl products becomes dangerous when the fibers are released and become airborne. Normally, if the material is in good condition, it does not pose a threat. The asbestos is enclosed in vinyl, preventing the fibers from escaping. If you are renovating a home which contains asbestos tiles, you have the option of encapsulating it (covering it up) so that the fibers cannot be released into the air.�
If you are demolishing a home, all asbestos containing material with the potential to release asbestos must be removed completely. These products are considered non-friable, meaning that the product is not easily broken by slight pressure. However, cutting, sanding or disturbing damaged tile in any way can result in the release of asbestos. The mastic or adhesives used to install these products can also contain asbestos.�
Asbestos vinyl sheet flooring is considered more dangerous as it is usually in large pieces and cut to the size of the room. This type of flooring often had an asbestos backing that is considered friable, the fibers are easily released if the material is disturbed or damaged.�
Call Calgary Asbestos Removal to find out if your flooring could contain asbestos and how we can test for it!