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Finding the Floor

Carpet, Vinyl Tile and Soon.. Hardwood Floors!

Sharland Carpet Removal

We had a busy and exciting day at the Sharland House getting a little bit closer to the original wood floors we hope to restore by removing the carpet and underlay.

We had a good idea of the floor layers we would be dealing with since sneaking a peek near the HVAC vents – carpet (and underlay), vinyl tile, a plywood floor – and finally, the original wood floor finish. We are very grateful to the person who protected those hardwood floors before putting in the tile!

The carpet and underlay came up very easily, and to our surprise, the vinyl tile was only around the perimeter. The area in the centre allowed us to see how the plywood was installed and we were happy to see nails as we are hoping this means it is not glued down.

Unfortunately the tiles were identified as containing asbestos. After talking with the hazmat pros, although the tile is non-friable (it won’t crumble into dangerous dust) and we probably could remove it, we have decided it is a little out of our depth and best left to the experts.

Sharland Carpet Removal
Sharland Carpet Removal

After removal we plan to lift up a section of the plywood to see what we will be working with – but otherwise it will remain for the time being to protect the floors during construction, with the final refinishing one of the very last steps.

Meanwhile, the removal of the carpet makes it a bit easier to keep things tidy as we go. All in all a great day at the Sharland House – t-shirt weather making for happier workers!

Sharland Carpet Removal

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  1. My wife and I have been thinking about getting some vinyl tiling for our basement, and I think that making sure our tiles don’t have asbestos like yours did would be helpful for us. I’m sure that if we are getting our vinyl tiles from a trusted company, that they’re going to be made with quality material. I’ll have to make sure that we ask about asbestos when we have our vinyl tiling done, and hopefully don’t run into any issues! Thank you!

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      Hi Max,
      Assuming you’re in North America, you should be fine with new vinyl; it’s been illegal in most countries to manufacture it with asbestos for quite awhile now. It’s only a problem when dealing with the old stuff! We recently worked with some of the new ‘click’ vinyl planks and it turned out great.

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