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Question DetailsAsked on 7/13/2017

What is the cost to remove asbestos floor tiles per square foot?

approximately 800 square feet

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Depends on the type of asbestos - even much current flooring and cementatious underlayment and overlays has asbestos in it, just not excessive amounts of the most hazardous types, so having asbestos is not necessarily a red flag - it has to have significant content of the most hazardous types when inhaled. There are about 12 types of asbestos mineral, and only about a third of them are of significant health import.

In addition, whether the asbestos is in the tiles or the adhesive (or both) makes a difference, particularly if the tiles or sheet flooring can be peeled up easily in good siezed pieces.

Generally - and this is VERY ROUGH ballpark, you can expect asbestos floor tile removal to run at least $5/SF and usually more like $10-15/SF, and up to $50-100/SF in rare instances - though when you get to the point of over $10/SF it is commonly cheaper to just take up the subfloor sheathing, tile and all, and dispose of it in largish sheets that way, rather than pick away at hard stuck-on adhesive. OF course, the larger the job the more the per SF cost goes down, because the basic $1000-2000 is just the setup, containment, air handling, andfinal cleanup testing - which is very similar for all but the smallest jobs.

Commonly, there is about a $1000-2500 minimum charge on residential jobs too, though your job is likely to be above that minimum just based on size.

One other option, depending on tile condition and type, is just overlaying with a new flooring - this is an accepted and legal solution, if it does not make the floor too thick for you, because the asbestos is a hazard only when it becomes airborne and is breathed in. However, such would have to be disclosed come sale time, which can drive away some buyers, so that is a decision that takes some careful thinking depending on whether this is your "forever" house or not.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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