What Is the Cost to Remove Asbestos Floor Tiles?

Marwa Hasan
Written by Marwa Hasan
Updated September 28, 2021
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The typical price to remove asbestos tiles runs between $1,110 and $2,900

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If your home was built before the ’80s, there is a good chance that you have tiles that contain (eek!) asbestos. And while asbestos tiles in good condition and left undisturbed are OK, once they break or become airborne, they become dangerous

If you want to get rid of them, you need intervention from a professional ASAP. The average cost to remove asbestos is $2,000, and homeowners typically pay between $1,110 and $2,900.

How Much Does It Cost to Remove Asbestos Floor Tile per Square Foot?

Asbestos tile removal can range anywhere from $5 to $15 per square foot. This means that for a 200-square-foot room, it will cost $1,000 to $3,000 to remove the tiles, plus an extra $1,200 to $4,000 to install new flooring tiles

How Much Does It Cost to Remove Asbestos Floor Tiles Near You?

The overall costs vary slightly depending on where you live. Urban centers with higher costs of living tend to have higher pricing. Also, state regulations on removal and disposal impact all prices. 

Contact your local abatement professional for a specific quote in your area. But here is the average cost to remove asbestos tiles in different states.

Asbestos floor tile removal costs vary by location, with some costs averaging up to $2,900
StateCost
California$1,250
Utah$2,900
Texas$2,700
Illinois$1,900
Missouri$1,050
Georgia$2,500
Massachusetts$2,100

DIY Removal vs. Hiring a Pro

You may think that removing asbestos tiles is as easy as using a hammer and a chisel, but dealing with asbestos tiles can be dangerous. 

First of all, the floor tiles and the glue used to stick them in place require mechanical removal. Secondly, asbestos is made of natural silicate minerals, which can cause cancer, particularly in the lungs and stomach, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

This is why you should never remove asbestos yourself—it puts you at a huge risk if you’re exposed to any of the fibers, making asbestos removal a job best left to abatement professionals. 

A trained and certified abatement contractor will:

  • Inspect the building first to determine if asbestos materials are present

  • Send samples to a local lab for asbestos testing to confirm the presence of the mineral

  • Provide a cost estimate for the job

  • Remove asbestos (contain, clean, and dispose of hazardous materials) to avoid contaminating the rest of the house

  • Perform air testing before removing the barriers

  • Do a final cleaning

What Factors Influence the Cost to Remove Asbestos Floor Tiles?

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There are many factors influencing the average total cost for asbestos tile removal, such as:

Materials and Equipment

The abatement process requires extensive setup and special equipment to completely seal the area, install airflow fans, and supply safety gear for the crew. This can cost $450 or more, and it’s a vital step to preventing the asbestos from becoming airborne.

Square Footage

Asbestos removal can cost from $5 to $20 per square foot. An asbestos removal project for an entire house could start at $15,000.

Labor

You'll pay an average of $75 to $200 per hour for each crew member. Generally, the job takes two crew members an average of 8 hours to complete. The typical project can be performed with a total labor cost of $1,200 to $3,200.

Asbestos Disposal

Rates vary from state to state, but it generally costs between $10 and $50 per cubic yard, with an additional permit fee of $50 to $100. All waste must follow guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency for disposal. 

Testing

Testing and inspecting for asbestos are sometimes required, depending on local laws and regulations. It usually costs between $250 to $850.

FAQs About Removing Asbestos Floor Tiles

How do I identify asbestos tiles in my home?

Asbestos tiles can be difficult to identify because the asbestos fibers are not visible to the naked eye. While there is a great chance that square floor tiles installed between 1920 and 1980 contain asbestos, not all floor and ceiling tiles do.

However, some visual clues can help homeowners identify potential asbestos. The easiest way for homeowners to be certain if their tiles contain asbestos is to hire an abatement professional. They can inspect the suspected material and take samples for testing.

What are the health risks if I’m exposed to asbestos tiles?

Damaged tiles can release asbestos fibers into the air. Anyone in the surrounding area who may inhale the fibers will have them settled in the lining of internal organs. Over time, it may lead to serious health conditions such as lung cancer and mesothelioma.

The only safe way to prevent these conditions is to avoid exposure to asbestos at all costs, even for a short period of time.

What should I do if I have asbestos tiles in my home?

Asbestos in your house doesn't automatically mean it has to be removed. Again, it's not hazardous if left undisturbed. However, it can be dangerous when fibers are released into the air (like during a remodeling project), or if water damages the tiles. 

Because asbestos is odorless and tasteless, it's crucial to be cautious when making any modifications in your home that may involve disturbing the asbestos tiles.

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