When it comes to home renovations, understanding the materials that make up your floors is crucial. Whether you’re planning a DIY project or working with professionals, having knowledge about common floor materials will help you make informed decisions, ensure safety, and achieve your desired outcome. Here are a few things to consider – and what you should know – about all of the most common hazardous materials found in floors during home renovations, their characteristics, and the considerations for handling and modifying them. Hazardous materials in flooring, like asbestos, can pose significant health risks when they are present in buildings or construction materials. While asbestos is one of the most well-known hazardous materials in flooring, several others should be considered when assessing the safety of flooring materials. Here are some common hazardous materials often found in flooring:
  • Asbestos: Asbestos was once a common component in various building materials, including floor tiles, adhesives, and insulation. When asbestos-containing materials become damaged or disturbed, they can release asbestos fibers into the air, which, when inhaled, can lead to serious health problems such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.
  • Lead-based paint: In older buildings, lead-based paint may have been used on wooden floors or other surfaces. When the paint deteriorates, it can release lead dust or chips, which is particularly dangerous for young children and pregnant women. Lead exposure can lead to developmental issues and cognitive impairments.
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): Some flooring materials, especially certain types of carpeting and vinyl flooring, may emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These chemicals can contribute to indoor air pollution and may cause health problems, including respiratory irritation and exacerbation of asthma.
To address these potential hazards, it’s crucial to conduct thorough assessments and testing when renovating or working with older buildings. If hazardous materials are identified, they should be handled and removed by trained professionals like Watkins Environmental following safety guidelines and regulations.

Health Risks Posed by Hazardous Flooring Materials

Hazardous flooring materials can pose a range of health risks to individuals who come into contact with them; however, the specific health risks vary depending on the type of hazardous material and the extent of exposure. Asbestos, for instance, can cause mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or other organs; and asbestosis, a chronic lung condition that results from long-term asbestos exposure, causing scarring of lung tissue and difficulty breathing. VOCs can cause respiratory problems and exacerbate asthma symptoms, as well as cause headaches and allergies to worsen.

Trust Watkins Environmental for Safe Removal & Remediation

When it comes to staying safe during your home renovation, it’s crucial to hire a professional to help you remove lead-based paint or perform asbestos removal. As a C22, ASB, and HAZ Certified Asbestos Abatement Contractor, asbestos removal is our #1 performed service. We have over 25 years of experience in the field, making our team highly knowledgeable industry experts on the entire process – especially when it comes to hazardous flooring. Contact us today for a free estimate or to ask a question about your specific project.


What are the most common hazardous materials found in floors?

The most common hazardous flooring materials are asbestos containing floor tile and floor tile mastic.

What health risks are associated with hazardous flooring materials?

Hazardous flooring materials can lead to respiratory problems and other health issues.

How can I identify hazardous materials in my floors?

It’s essential to hire a professional inspection service to identify hazardous materials accurately.

Is it safe to remove hazardous flooring materials myself?

DIY removal is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. It’s highly recommended to hire professionals like Watkins Environmental for safe removal.

What services does Watkins Environmental offer for hazardous floor materials?

Watkins Environmental provides expert removal and renovation services to safely address hazardous floor materials.