This is the 2nd installment of The Red Mountain Report:
This past two weeks we’ve spent largely figuring out what to do with the flooring in the east unit of Red Mountain. The original floor was vinyl tile:
We definitely wanted to remove it, but were concerned it might be asbestos tile or might have asbestos adhesive. So we got it tested at this place called Fiberquant. They will test a sample you bring in for only $25.00. We tested the flooring in the west unit too, which has ceramic tile, just in case.
It was a happy day when we got the results:
So we proceeded to remove the vinyl tile ourselves:
Our plan was to exposed the concrete floor and seal it. (Find out why I love concrete floors.)
We were chugging along and ran into a glitch. We noticed that the adhesive underneath the kitchen vinyl tile was black. A red flag went up because we had read that a lot of times, the old asbestos mastic of the 50s and 60s was black. The sample we had tested was from the living room, we hadn’t thought of testing a sample from each room!
We didn’t want to deal with expensive asbestos abatement, so we decided to leave the vinyl in the kitchen and bathrooms, which also, it turns out had the black mastic underneath. But fret not, we won’t have to live with this ugly tile in those rooms. We found a much better looking and more sustainable flooring that will go right over the vinyl:
Did you know cork can be glued down as a roll-on floor and it comes in boards that make up a floating floor and click together for easy installation? We got the latter kind because gluing down any flooring over existing vinyl tile could pose problems in the future.
But in the living room, hallway, and bedrooms, we were safe and will be able to have concrete floors. This is what the exposed concrete floor looks like now:
It’s not perfect, has some cracks in it and shows the ghost lines of the vinyl tile we removed. But guess what? We love that it’s not perfect! That’s what an old concrete floor looks like and we think it’s beautiful. We are having it cleaned and sealed and I can’t wait to show you photographs of the end product.
Meanwhile, we are debating what to do with the ceramic tile flooring in the west unit:
What do YOU think we should do with it? Please share your ideas with us by leaving a comment.
Stay tuned for the next Red Mountain Report and find out what we do the ceramic tile floor and more!