Identify old flooring

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In the process of redoing a bathroom this old flooring was found under the sheet laminate. It appears to be some type of tile but there are no seams and its all smooth. Its about 1/4" thick. House was built in the 50's. Has anybody seen this before? I'm curious as to whether or not it could contain asbestos, as I'm thinking of removing it.

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Could be linoleum, might have asbestos but I kind of doubt it.

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Is the floor structure wood or concrete? It looks similar to terrazzo which is a really durable finish that is applied over the concrete.
 
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Floor structure is wood, otherwise I thought about terazzo as well.

I'm kind of leaning towards really old linoleum. In tearing up a small corner it looks like it has some type of tar like paper backing, as there's black residue on the wood...
 
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Could very easily contain asbestos. Only way to be sure is to have it tested.
 
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No way is that terrazzo. That's linoleum. It's probably 6' wide and about ⅛" thick. It might have been installed over tarpaper using linoleum paste.

I doubt it contain asbestos, but no way to know without testing the lino, paste and backing. Even if it does contain asbestos, it can be removed without creating a health hazard.

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Now you've done it! Once a material is suspected of containing asbestos it DOES contain asbestos UNTIL proven otherwise. Only way to prove it is NOT asbestos is by laboratory analysis.

Unless a material is one known to often contain asbestos I refrain from even mentioning the A word.
 
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Just take it up safely and you don't have to worry about what's in it. And a DIYer can take it up.
 
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