Armstrong asbestos tiles?

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Armstrong asbestos tiles?

House built in 1971 and we have tile down in the kitchen and bathroom that I believe have asbestos in them. Actually there's a box of these same tiles in the basement that I believe says "Armstrong" on it and I noticed it has a warning that they contain asbestos.

Of course these are located next to the tub in the bathroom and I was thinking of eventually having Home Depot or some contractor put in a new 1 or 2 piece tub and surround.

Will these tiles present a problem? Will HD or contractors refuse to do work where the tiles could possibly be compromised?

I also someday want to have new floor put over these tiles.

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Old 11-06-16, 11:51 AM
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HD might very well refuse to work around it. Many independent contractors will probably not care. Unless the tiles become friable (crumble, dusty) they are not dangerous at all. When you get ready for new flooring, you can install sheet vinyl (something like Flexitec is easiest) or vinyl planks right over that asbestos tile with no problem.
As a side note, if the tiles were installed with cutback adhesive, the adhesive contains more asbestos than the tiles. But still not dangerous unless friable.
 
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