My building was built in the 1990's... My flooring was replaced in 2008... It is 2022...
Asbestos was a common filler in the U.S. starting in the 1920’s and continued to be used in flooring and adhesive production for decades. It was a preferred material, as it is strong and fire resistant. It is fibrous, which is what gave the products additional strength; however, that is one of the reasons it is a dangerous material. When scraped or broken apart, the fibers of asbestos can get airborne and be ingested, which can cause many forms of cancer and other health related issues.
The downside of this method is that the material on top is now adhered to the asbestos containing products. When you start removing the top floorcovering, the materials underneath also start coming up. If the asbestos containing materials start to break or release at all, the job must stop, and abatement must be completed. If the material on top is adhered directly to asbestos containing adhesive, there is no safe way to remove the material without disturbing the original adhesives and/or voiding your new material's warranty without abatement.
Working with a quality flooring contractor that investigates under the existing products, performs tests before work starts, and determines the total scope of work, projects can minimize delays and unexpected abatement costs due.
Federal Register, Volume 59 Issue 123 (Tuesday, June 28, 1994) (govinfo.gov)
Asbestos Regulations- Federal & State Laws about Exposure (mesotheliomahub.com)
How long does asbestos stay airborne once disturbed? (oracleasbestos.com)
Lucas Commercial Flooring Group, Inc.
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