We bought our home (built in 1950) a year and a half ago. This past week, we were in the process of getting estimates for a ceramic tile floor to replace our peeling vinyl tiles in our kitchen, bathroom, and mudroom, when we discovered that beneath this vinyl floor, there exists another floor. One of the tile stores that came out to estimate the job explained that these were old 9x9 asphalt tiles and were secured by a thick black gooey mastic. In the estimate provided, he quoted $350 to remove the existing two layers of floor, including these old asphalt tiles. After visiting several other tile stores in our quest for a new floor, we were alarmed to be told that these old tiles & mastic are almost certain to contain asbestos. We'll be contacting an inspector tomorrow to get this tested.
We do not consider simply tiling over these existing floors to be an option. For one thing, the condition of both the top vinyl floor as well as the asphalt tiles are very poor and will not provide an adequate foundation for a new subfloor and ceramic tiles. So, we'll need to contact a qualified asbestos abatement company to remove the old tiles. I was wondering if anyone reading this has had experience with asbestos tile removal, and if they could offer any insight into the cost of removal. The total square feet of the affected area is about 250 feet.
Thank you, Jennifer in New Hampshire