At Revolve Asbestos Solutions, we specialise in removing asbestos vinyl flooring, a common challenge in many older properties across New Zealand. Our team is highly skilled in the specific techniques required for safe and effective asbestos vinyl sheet flooring removal. We understand the risks associated with asbestos in vinyl flooring, especially prevalent in structures built before modern safety regulations were established. Our mission is to ensure that these hazardous materials are removed safely, as there is still a lot of asbestos vinyl NZ wide.
Comprehensive Asbestos Vinyl Services
Our services are comprehensive, covering every aspect of asbestos vinyl removal. We are acutely aware of the presence of asbestos in vinyl flooring NZ wide and have tailored our procedures to address this issue specifically in our operating regions. Our team is equipped with the latest tools and follows stringent safety protocols, ensuring that the asbestos is removed without compromising the safety of the occupants or our staff. We take every precaution to contain and dispose of the hazardous material, leaving your space safe and asbestos-free.
Your Safety, Our Priority
Choosing Revolve Asbestos Solutions means opting for peace of mind. Our expertise in asbestos vinyl flooring extends beyond just removals; we also provide thorough inspections and consultations to determine the presence and extent of asbestos. We work closely with our clients, offering transparent communication throughout the process, ensuring that they are informed and comfortable with every step. Trust us to handle your asbestos vinyl flooring concerns with the utmost professionalism and care, prioritising your safety above all else.
Asbestos vinyl flooring was a durable and economical material, that offered many aesthetic options to suit a homeowner’s taste.
Asbestos was used in the vinyl floor tiles and sheet flooring that rose to prominence in the 1950s. Stain-proof, fireproof, stylish and affordable, vinyl products strengthened through the inclusion asbestos in their manufacture were a very popular choice in many New Zealand houses.
Unfortunately, vinyl tiles and sheet flooring that contain asbestos, pose a potential exposure risk. If the material is in good condition, it normally does not pose a threat, because the asbestos is enclosed in vinyl, preventing the fibres from escaping. The vinyl acts as a binder that holds the asbestos fibres within a solid matrix.
Asbestos containing materials fall into two categories: friable and non-friable. Friable asbestos materials can easily be reduced to powder when disturbed by hand when they are dry. These materials are more likely to release measurable levels of asbestos into the airborne environment when disturbed, and generally pose a greater risk to health.
'Non-friable', or bonded asbestos is used to refer to asbestos-containing materials in which the asbestos is firmly bound in the matrix of the material. These materials are unlikely to release measurable levels of asbestos fibre into the airborne environment if they are left undisturbed. Therefore, they generally pose a lower risk to health.
In most cases, vinyl tiles are considered non-friable. Floor tiles can become friable if they are mishandled, damaged or are in a badly worn or weathered condition.
Asbestos vinyl sheet flooring poses a significantly greater asbestos exposure risk than floor tiles or wallpaper. Manufacturers often made this type of flooring with a friable asbestos backing, which means asbestos fibres are easily released into the air if the sheet flooring is disturbed or damaged. The mastics or adhesives used to install vinyl products also often contained asbestos, though asbestos fibres in adhesives are less likely to become airborne.
It is worth noting that floors may have undergone multiple renovations over the years. The common practice being to simply lay new flooring on top of existing flooring. Asbestos containing products can therefore be found in some or all of these multiple layers.
The presence of asbestos does not necessarily pose immediate danger. The danger arises when homeowners undertake renovations and asbestos containing products are damaged, disturbed or sanded. Removing vinyl flooring by sanding or grinding would potentially create a higher risk of asbestos exposure.
New regulations in New Zealand now specify that homeowners must get an asbestos test before they undertake any renovations. These new regulations also specify that workplaces and businesses must have an asbestos management plan. Business owners also need to be aware of the dangers and of their responsibilities.
Vinyl floorings and carpets that contain asbestos ,cannot be identified by simply looking at them. Vinyl flooring has to be assessed in the context of when it was made and installed and it has to be tested by professionals.
It is therefore important to leave asbestos testing and removal to the experts and not attempt any DIY yourself. Contact Revolve Asbestos Solutions to get a professional assessment.
It is very important not to remove or test the vinyl flooring yourself. If done incorrectly, taking samples yourself can be hazardous. Let Revolve Asbestos Solutions professional team expertly and safely take samples of the vinyl material. We will submit the sample to an accredited laboratory to be analysed as this is the only way to determine if a vinyl material contains asbestos.