It was a common practice to use materials that contained asbestos in them in home construction prior to the mid- to late 1970s. There are very specific guidelines for asbestos removal, however, according to the EPA, it is also perfectly safe to encapsulate the asbestos.

For flooring, this means you can install directly over the old material as long as you don’t disturb it. Ceramic or porcelain tile, stone, or a floating floor of any type would qualify. By encapsulating the asbestos without disturbing it, you have effectively removed any hazard.

You can also pour a floor leveling compound on top of the old material in case the floor has dips and divets. The key to safety is simply not to disturb it.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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