We think the tiles in our Mom's house may be an asbestos product since it from the 1940s. Can you tile over asbestos tiles?

Asked by Jam
Bedford, TX

This is a basement, is a particular flooring better? We want to update the flooring in order to sell the house. What can we do?


Sean Lintow Sr

Answered by Sean Lintow Sr

Naperville, IL

SLS Construction & Building Solutions

August 26, 2013

Yes you can but you may wish to consider testing first. There are a few products you can use which range from:

  • just overlaying it with plywood / osb,
  • a specialty wood panel with dimples on the bottom in case water does get in,
  • to simply overlaying it with laminate snap lock / rolled goods flooring, or
  • tiling over it after applying a sealer.

For more information:

Read "What is the best way to seal/encapsulate vinyl asbestos tile?" a Q&A answered by Joel Hirshberg.

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