Dark asphalt asbestos floor tile (C) Jeremy1950s Asbestos Floor Tile FAQs Set 4
Asbestos Flooring ID Q&A 1949-1959 Various Brands

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Recebt questions and answers about asphalt asbestos and vinyl asbestos floor tiles - 1949-1959

Photos & comments help identify early patterns, colors, brands of asphalt asbestos or vinyl asbestos flooring.

Produced from the 1950's into the very early 1980's, most of these VAT (vinyl asbestos tile) and asphalt-asbestos flooring products contain chrysotile asbestos, and possibly other asbestos forms.

This article series provides guides to identifying asphalt-asbestos flooring (1917 - ca 1960) & vinyl asbestos floor tile (ca 1952 - 1986): identification photographs, product names, styles, colors, and vinyl-asbestos floor patterns, and colors for asbestos-containing floor tile products made between about 1930 and 1986 - confirmed to contain asbestos in asbestos fiber or asbestos powder-filler form.

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Asphalt & Vinyl Asbestos Floor Floor Tiles 1949-59 FAQs set #4

Asbestos suspect floor tile in a 1958 home (C) AshleyThese questions & answers about identifying asbestos-containing floor tiles from the 1950's to 1960's were posted originally at ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE IDENTIFICATION PHOTOS 1949-1959 - topic home.

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.

If you do not know the brand name of your flooring you can take a quick look at example photos of the product line of each manufacturer given in the list of photo guides found at MORE READING below.

On 2018-10-18 1 by (mod) - should I be worried if these1958 floor tiles contain abestos?

its safest to treat the floor as presumed to contain asbestos, leave it in place and cover it with new flooring.

On 2018-10-18 by Ashley


I'm not ripping up any tiles but there are some cracked ones, should I be worried if these tiles contain abestos? Home was built in 58 but remodelling was done in the 80s I believe.

Also this role in my kitchen - below.

Asbestos suspect floor tile in a 1958 home (C) Ashley

On 2018-10-12 by Carrie

I understand and I have. I was just hoping for some help identifying it so I could be more accurate in presenting my concerns. (For example if this is a non asbestos containing sheet floor verses one most likely containing).

On 2018-10-12 by (mod) -

Carrie, As you've removed the floor and cleaned up any remaining dust, what remains are concerns to discuss with your doctor.

On 2018-10-12 by Anonymous

That should’ve said we know the tile most likely was (not time), unsure about the sheet flooring. Just super concerned with being pregnant and exposed

On 2018-10-12 by Carrie

,thanks! We’ve done all that. Well I’m actually not confident about the sheet flooring. We know the time most likely was. Do you recognize the sheet flooring? That’s the one I’m most concerned about and would ease my mind if it happens to be from a line that wasn’t asbestos

On 2018-10-12 by (mod) - messy demolition job on asbestos-containing flooring

Messy demolition of asbestos-suspect flooring (C) Carrie

As you're confident the floor contained asbestos, testing wouldn't have changed what's needed.

Dust control, thorough clean-up; do not use a normal vacuum cleaner as it may send any remaining dust in the air; use damp wiping and HEPA vacuuming if more cleaning is needed.


On 2018-10-12 by Carrie

My husband ripped this up and after the fact realized it most likely cotained asbestos.

I’m pregnant so it freaks me out a bit more than normal so any info on this flooring would be great. He already cleaned up and threw away everything so we can’t have it tested. :(.

We did clean the air ducts and bought two hepa air filters just in case.

On 2018-10-10 by (mod) - 1970's flooring in a 1930's house test confirmed asbestos

Emily flooring may contain asbestos 1970s (C)

Emily I would treat the floor as presumed to contain asbestos. It looks like a 1970's sheet flooring product, not a floor tile.


we give 5 checkpoints that can help you further.

On 2018-10-10 18:06:17.144618 by Emily

Hi There, my husband and I just purchased a house built in the 1930s. The upstairs room has asbestos tiles and now I'm thinking our kitchen does too. There was an extra tile I found and on the backside it reads "Armstrong". Attached is a picture of the Armstrong tile in our kitchen.

On 2018-10-01 by (mod) - Canadian flooring stamped 88000 86000 In-Seal Sealer

Canadian flooring “Made in Canada. 88000 or possibly 86000”. Another part contains the words”adhesive and in-seal sealer (C) LeAnn

Lee Ann

I can't be sure from just the stamping and country of manufacture; indeed some asbestos-containing flooring was made in Canada.


we give 5 checkpoints that can help you make a reasonable guess about whether or not your floor contains asbestos.

On 2018-10-01 by Lee Ann

We are removing old sheet flooring from a house we recently purchased. The back of the flooring has stamped on it “Made in Canada. 88000 or possibly 86000”. Another part contains the words”adhesive and in-seal sealer”. Please see photo attached. Is there asbestos in this product?

On 2018-09-28 by Samantha Fallon

We are going to install underfloor heating but after taking up flooring found floor tiles which we think may be asbestos Marley tiles. We are going to latex flooring before installing underfloor heating. Would this be ok?

On 2018-08-27 by John

Flooring from a 1932 home might contain asbestos (C) John

Betty, we have the same flooring as you! Our house was built in 1923 and reno in 1932. We do not know when this flooring was laid down however. Here is a photo of the backside of ours.


We have the exact same flooring in our house. Our house was built in 1923 and had a reno in 1932.

However we have no idea when this was actually laid down. Here's what ours looks like.

On 2018-08-11 by (mod) - asbestos in self-stick 1970's vinyl floor tiles

Sticky floor tile may contain asbestos (C) Jennifer


The floor tile could contain asbestos if installed before the mid 1980's in the U.S. It's certainly newer than 1940's flooring.

It looks like 1970's self-stick floor tiles.

On 2018-08-10 00:59:47.545131 by Jennifer

Hi could my sticky tile contain asbestos. My house was built in 1940. I dot. Know when the floor was out in.

On 2018-07-21 by Betty

Asbestos suspect vinyl flooring (C) Betty

This vinyl is over the top of the original hardwood. I have no idea when the vinyl was put down. Does this look like it could be from the asbestos era?


On 2018-06-29 by Curtis

So do you think it would be wise to refinish the wood floors underneath since it is unknown as to whether or not it contains asbestos?

On 2018-06-29 by (mod) - if easy to remove without demolition, asbestos hazard in sheet flooring removal is reduced

Asbestos suspect flooring 1946 house (C) Curtis

Sorry from your photo and come in through really can't make a useful guess at the age and therefore the probability that the floor contains asbestos. However if it's easily rolled up and removed that simplifies the situation.

On 2018-06-29 by Curtis

Hi! My wife and I purchased a house built in 1946. The previous owner carpeted pretty much the whole house except for the kitchen, the bathroom and the hallway. When we were pulling up the carpet upstairs, we found some linoleum underneath the carpet. Mind you, this is somewhat new carpet installed within the past 3 years or so.

Does anyone know if this linoleum contains asbestos. It is actually somewhat easy to pull up with my bare hands. Very flexible with a solid black underside. Thank you for any advice you can give me!

On 2018-06-27 by (mod) -


If the flooring was purchased or made before 1986 you'd either assume it contains asbestos or have a sample tested.

I'd like to see photos of the floor tile pattern front, the tile reverse side, and all of the packaging labeling. That may let us comment further.

Use the "add image" button.

On 2018-06-27 by Anonymous for answers on the vinyl Corlon weathered brick 148111. Thanks

On 2018-06-27 by Mary

I have a box of the tiles that are on my kitchen floor. They are weathered brick 148111 yorktowne 4138. Vinyl Corlon. Can anyone tell me if these contain asbestos please

On 2018-06-27 by (mod) - ceramic tile installed over vinyl asbestos-suspect floor tiles

Ceramic tile over vinyl asbestos floor tile (C) Kira


I see at least two layers of flooring.
Is that ceramic tile in the uppermost layer?

If the vinyl tiles were installed in North America before 1986 it would be prudent to treat it as presumed to contain asbestos.

It looks as if you're doing a dusty demolition - not something I'd recommend since if the floor tile or its backer layer contain asbestos you're probably creating a dust hazard.


On 2018-06-26 by Kira - flooring in 1952 home contains asbestos?

Hi! House built in 52, but not sure of the age of this tile. They are solid black and beige, no design to them whatsoever. I peeled one up and it looks to have a dark brown paper like backing.

I have no idea if these were to contain asbestos? Anyone have any ideas?

On 2018-06-12 by (mod) - asphalt asbestos floor tile

Dark asphalt asbestos floor tile (C) Jeremy

Certainly does look like a brown colored asphalt asbestos floor tile, perhaps from the Armstrong line.

You'll find a match in the tile identification articles in this series. You can hold me in on an exact match more quickly if you include the building age or even better the age of the floor if known.

On 2018-06-12 by Jeremey

I was wondering if anyone has seen these?

On 2018-05-24 by (mod) - What year did they stop using eavesdrops tiles?


Thank you for asking a question for which I have no idea of the flooring product or its properties.

What are eavesdrops tiles? Can you attach some photos, and give me the building age and tile sizes?

On 2018-05-23 by Donna

What year did they stop using eavesdrops tiles? We have the real thin ones with the black tar adhesive on our basement floor

On 2018-05-22 by (mod) - example of cork-pattern type vinyl asbestos floor tile

Fragment of 9x9  vinyl asbestos floor tile (C) Michael

Looks like a cork-pattern vinyl floor tile, probably Armstrong, possibly Sears, Wards, even Kentile who had somewhat similar patterns. If pre-1983 assumed to contain asbestos.

Other examples of cork pattern are at ASBESTOS FLOORING IDENTIFICATION

Also at ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE ID REQUESTS 1960's see this article section

On 2018-05-22 by Michael can you identify these cork pattern floor tiles as probably containing asbestos?


Can anyone help identify the following tile? The full piece was 9 x 9. Any help is appreciated.

On 2018-05-19 by (mod) -

Flooring covered by adhesive and debris - hard to ID maybe asbestos  (C) Jamie

Dunno, Jamie, I can't see much of the flooring. If the floor is likely to be older than the early 1980's it would be prudent to treat it as presumed to contain asbestos.

On 2018-05-19 by Jamie

This (above) appears to be sheet flooring, maybe linoleum under parquet. I’m just not sure if it peels up if that’s asbestos

On 2018-05-12 by (mod) -

In the cae of flooring the condition of the one in the photo below is probably an asbestos Hazard and should be treated as such. Simply replacing a few floor tiles is not going to address that question

On 2018-05-12 by Les

I was wondering if you would know what type of vct tile and color it is? They are 9" x 9" tiles. The house was built in 1938, but am not sure if they are the original tiles. I need to replace some of them, and wondered if you could recommend something?
Thank you!

Asbestos floor tiles in very poor condition (C) Glenda


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