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How to Identify Amitco Floor Tiles & Sheet Flooring That May Contain Asbestos:

This article explains how to identify Amitco floor tiles that are likely to contain asbestos, by making a simple visual inspection, noting the probable age of the building and age of its materials, and similar clues.

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How to Identify AMITCO Floor Tiles

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Reader question about asbestos in Amitco vinyl floor tiles

My home was built in 1973. I have Amtico vinyl tile installed in the kitchen, and without thinking, I removed the tile with a scraper. I didn’t consider asbestos being present before I did this. I’m not sure if my particular tile contained asbestos.

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The original home owner did not leave the packaging behind, only spare tiles. (They are peel and stick).

I don’t even know if they were the original tile installed with the home. Any idea if these tiles have been reported to contain asbestos? - R.G. 11/10/2012

Reply: history of Amitco Floor Tiles

Your floor tile photo indicates that this is an Amitco floor tile product, though it does not contain a product nor date code.


Amitco International an international flooring company that has  principal locations in the U.S. U.K.

Amitco self-adhesive peel and stick flooring from 1970s (C) InspectAPediaAmtico International
66 Perimeter Center East, Suite 700
Atlanta, GA 30346
Tel: 800-268-4260

In the U.K. Simply Amtico is wholly owned by Carpet Creations in Poynton, Cheshire, and Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, England.

Carpet Creations & Creations@Home
98 Market Steet
Derbyshire SK23 0H
Telephone:  0800 111 4332 or 0845 602 9505 or 01625 876 387

Reader Question: does this Amitco Duravinyl floor tile contain asbestos?

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My name is ... and I came across your website - great resource! I am a home owner trying to determine if old tile in my basement floor contains asbestos. I have attached the following pictures for your reference.

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The product is "Amtico Duravinyl Tile" manufactured by American Biltrite Inc., Trenton NJ 08607.

Amitco Duravinyl floor tile (C) InspectApedia CS

It's size is 12" x 12", Gauge 1/16", Pieces 45, SQ FT 45. It has a stamp on the the side of the box: 1074AE16414.

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Not sure if this is a product # or another number. Elsewhere on the box it is printed "This Fiberboard guaranteed to test not less than 200 pounds...". So could this mean it's fiberboard? Please let me know if you have any information or could point me in a direction if there is another resource out there.

Below: photo of the rear surface of an Amitco Duravinyl floor tile.

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Do Amitco Floor Tiles Contain Asbestos?

The Amitco company was established in 1964, so while the precise answer to your question is "we don't know", I'd agree that it would have been normal for such asphalt-based or vinyl-based flooring products produced in the 1960's and 1970's to have included asbestos, including some peel-and-stick products made in the 1970's.

Quoting from the company's U.K. website about the composition of Amitco floor tiles describing the current product line:

Amtico tiles are made from resin compounded with high quality plasticizers and stabilizers, all compressed under pressure and temperature. Many floor tiles closely resemble natural products; these are made from specially printed films sandwiched between a wear layer and a backing. Some tiles are engineered to have a specific emboss or a metallic appearance.

Many of these manufacturing methods have been developed by and are unique to Amtico. All Amtico tiles have: - a non-porous construction - long-lasting durability - excellent appearance retention - authenticity of colours and patterns - resilience for underfoot comfort - exceptional colour-fastness - beautiful looks which are easy to maintain.

I have sent a query to the Amitco U.S. company and will post their reply here. Keep in mind that flooring of this type that is in good condition is not considered hazardous and does not need to be removed.

Readers should also see FLOOR TILE HISTORY & INGREDIENTS for a discussion of the ingredients and production of asbestos-containing flooring.

And see ASBESTOS FLOORING IDENTIFICATION for detailed advice on handling and identifying vinyl-asbestos floor tiles or flooring products that probably do or don't contain asbestos.

For a strategy for collecting building dust samples, when, where, how many samples to collect,

Asbestos is safe and legal to remain in homes or public buildings as long as the asbestos materials are in good condition and the asbestos can not be released into the air.

While an expert lab test using polarized light microscopy may be needed to identify the specific type of asbestos fiber, or to identify the presence of asbestos in air or dust samples, many asbestos-containing building products not only are obvious and easy to recognize, but since there were not other look-alike products that were not asbestos, a visual identification of this material can be virtually a certainty in many cases.


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