Between the 40’s and 80’s asbestos ceiling tiles were incredibly popular due to their fire resistant nature. With the amount of wiring invloved in most ceilings, it’s no wonder both manufacturers and home builders looked for a cheap, flame resistant material for ceiling tiles.
Today we know the dangers of asbestos, and it’s no longer a common building material, but if your home was built before the 80’s, there’s a good chance your ceiling tiles were made with asbestos.
What Do Asbestos Ceiling Tiles Look Like
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to identify asbestos ceiling tiles on sight alone. Not only could the tiles themselves be made of asbestos, but the glue within the tiles could be made of asbestos.
As a rule of thumb, if your ceiling was installed before the 1980’s, you should have it tested for asbestos. This is the only real way to confirm that the ceiling tile was made with asbestos or not.
How To Cover Asbestos Ceiling Tiles
If you plan to seal your ceiling tiles instead of removing them, the steps would be to first create a safe work area by sealing off everything that you possibly can. Remember that asbestos fibers can creep into air ducts and quickly spread throughout your home.
You can spray the ceiling down with a special vinyl paint that will secure the ceiling from crumbling asbestos dust. Before doing so, be sure to plug all holes in the ceiling to create a true bond to the ceiling
A more common option is to attach gypsum boards to the ceiling. This process should be left for professionals as the gypsum boards require you to mud and tape the ceiling seamlessly as to not leave any room for asbestos particles to enter the building.
Asbestos Ceiling Tiles Removal
A safer solution is to remove asbestos ceiling tiles from your home. If you wish to take this route, it is important to contact a professional who has experience with asbestos ceiling tile removal.
If you wish to do the removal yourself, it’s important to fully secure the area and be sure to block off all air vents in the room. Be sure to cover your entire body and wear a respirator at all times.
For almost any type of asbestos removal it is advised to wet down the asbestos containing materials to reduce dust, and ceiling tile removal is no different.
After you have safely removed the asbestos ceiling tiles, be sure to secure them in airtight bags and do a very thorough sweep of the work area, making sure to get all dust particles off the ground and walls.
When you have everything cleaned up you will need to bring all the asbestos containing materials to an approved hazardous waste drop-off zone. Please note that you cannot dispose of asbestos materials like you would with standard garbage. You should also dispose of the clothing that was worn during the removal.
Again, we would recommend leaving asbestos ceiling tile removal to the professionals. If you would like to get a testing of your ceiling tiles, contact us today.