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Photo guide to asphalt asbestos and vinyl asbestos floor tiles, 1900 -1986: this article provides a guide 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 - flooring materials that are reported to or have been confirmed to contain asbestos in asbestos fiber or asbestos powder-filler form.
These flooring products typically contain chrysotile asbestos, and possibly other asbestos forms.
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How to Identify Asphalt & Vinyl Asbestos based Floor Coverings & Floor Tiles 1900 - 1986 begins here
Asphalt resilient floor tiles Manufacturers, Brands, Styles, Photo Guide
How to Find Your Floor Tile or Sheet Flooring in this Flooring Reference Photo Guide
[Click to enlarge any image]
Asphalt asbestos and vinyl-asbestos floor tiles were produced in 9" x 9", 12" x 12", and even 18" x 18" as well as in decorative strips, and in thicknesses of 1/16", 3/32", and 1/8", also in 0.08 gauge. Some sheet flooring or resilient flooring also contained asbestos, as did floor tile mastics.
This photo guide to asphalt asbestos & vinyl asbestos floor tiles for each year shows at least one color photo of each floor tile style or pattern in an example color. A list below each group of photos includes the names of and links to additional photos for other colors of these styles.
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.
To identify a particular asphalt-asbestos or vinyl-asbestos floor tile pattern & color, start in the image group most likely to be the same age as your building.
If you don't find your floor tile or sheet flooring by looking forward from that that year, you should also look backwards in the earlier years as your specific flooring pattern & color may have first appeared in an earlier year. For other tile brands than Armstrong, see the brand name floor tile links included in this list.
If you can identify your floor tile collection name or model number, or if you recognize it in the extensive library of flooring color and pattern photographs provided in these pages, laboratory testing of the sample to screen the flooring for asbestos may be unnecessary. Our home page for asbestos-containing floor tiles is
To send us photographs of possible asbestos-containing flooring that you are trying to identify, use the email address found
How to Identify Floor Tile or Sheet Flooring that May Contain Asbestos
How to Identify Determine the Age of Asbestos-Containing Floor Tiles, Sheet Flooring & Related Floor Covering Products: If you know the brand or manufacturer of your flooring use the brand name link in the list given just below.
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 at More Reading below.
If you cannot find a matching floor covering identification photo and description in these photo guides, you can contact us to send photographs or other information about your flooring and if you wish we can publish that information
Many of the colors and patterns of asphalt-asbestos or vinyl-asbestos floor tiles were manufactured over many years and may appear in more than one of the floor tile photo collections listed by date range here.
For each year we list the names of the tile patterns sold during that year, we include representative color images of the floor tiles, and throughout the entire floor tile pattern & color history series we include each floor tile color & pattern of the floor tile in the first year that it appeared , and we include representative colors and patterns in other years.
Examples of floor tile packaging, labeling, and other information can be found throughout the flooring photo collections listed here.
Armstrong produced asphalt-based floor tiles, possibly including asbestos in their formulation, before 1952 and in later years as we indicate with examples and photographs in the detailed photo guide that is found below.
For more information about these older flooring types, see Asphalt & Vinyl Floor Tile History - history, dates, and description of the production process and ingredients in asphalt floor tiles, asphalt-asbestos floor tiles, & vinyl-asbestos floor tiles 1900 to present. Kentile flooring produced through 1986 may contain asbestos.
Also don't assume that only "vinyl asbestos floor tiles" include asbestos. According to Rosato, asbestos filler (powder) and fibers were used in asphalt based products too. "The first publicized installation of asphalt tile was in the Western Union office in New York City (1920). By the end of 1930, 3 million square yards of tile was being produced annually.
Below in this document we provide detailed year-by-year photos of Armstrong asphalt or vinyl-asbestos flooring products from 1952 to 1982. Records show that many but not all flooring products produced during these years, including 9" floor tiles, 12" floor tiles, peel-and-stick floor tiles, and sheet flooring indeed contain asbestos.
Later Armstrong flooring products, for example Armstrong's Accoflex 2005 series semi-flexible vinyl tile sold (at least) in the U.K. were produced from " ground limestone bound with polymers, plasticizers, and stabilizers, and colored by pigments" not including asbestos.
At FLOOR, RESILIENT VINYL or CORK we discuss the choices, selection and installation details for contemporary vinyl and other resilient flooring products.
Our reproduction of vinyl-asbestos floor tile patterns and colors below selected representative images of each style or floor tile identification pattern in which tiles were produced. Within each pattern there were various colors available as well. By minimizing repetition of patterns and colors, across the set of years we show at least one example of nearly every pattern and color produced for these floor tiles.
Our photo (left) from Rosato, shows an Armstrong asphalt floor tile installation.
On occasion, the original flooring packaging or installation literature may be available for a given home: often an extra box of floor tiles was kept for future repairs.
The vinyl-asbestos floor tile package label information, combined with a simple comparison of tiles in the package with tiles installed in the building may be sound confirmation of asbestos-containing materials. See Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tile Packaging.
Historical information about the dates of flooring installation may also be sufficient to rule in or out the possibility that flooring in a building contains asbestos.
Where the same floor style pattern was produced for multiple years, in subsequent years we show other colors in which the tile pattern was made. Just scroll through this vinyl asbestos floor tile photo guide to find the first occurrence of each floor tile style, pattern, name, dimensions, and colors. Or if you know the approximate year that your floor was installed you can scroll down to that very year in our photo library.
It is instructive to take a close look at our tile photos from 1973 and 1974. Some floor tile colors and patterns, especially among the "standard" tiles, include both asphalt-based tiles and vinyl-asbestos tiles that look quite alike. But the combination of color, pattern, and size can help distinguish among these.
For example, "Standard Pattern" floor tiles were produced in both vinyl-asbestos form and in an asphalt tile without asbestos in 1973. But asphalt-based tiles that did not contain asbestos were produced in 1973 only in 9"x9". So flooring made for that year and particular pattern, the tile size provides important information.
Watch out: Because flooring products may have been produced in years earlier than the year of installation, don't assume that a floor installed in a building built shortly after 1980 could not possibly contain vinyl-asbestos product.
As we warned just above, don't assume that only "vinyl asbestos floor tiles" include asbestos.
At left is an excerpt from a 1950's era Armstrong Accoflex "easy-lay" floor tiles advertising poster. These tiles may contain asbestos. [Research in process].
1951 Armstrong Asphalt Asbestos Floor Tiles Patterns & Color Guide, 9"x9"x1/8"
According to Armstrong vinyl-asbestos floor tiles such as those shown here were produced by the company from 1951 through 1973.
These examples illustrate two shades of Palimino Beige 9"x9"x1/8"-thick asphalt-asbestos tile (AAT) whose asbestos content has been confirmed by asbestos test lab results generoudsly provided along with these photographs by reader L.R. (October 2012).
Our own field work has found that this tile pattern, in a range of colors illustrated below, was enormously popular and can still be found installed in thousands of homes built betweeen 1951 and the early 1970's.
The most common colors we have found include the beige shades shown below along with green, white, black, and Apache red illustrated further below.
The Armstrong Pecan Beige asphalt asbestos floor tile illustrated at above left (pattern C-913) has been confirmed by independent testing to contain about 10% asbestos while the Armstrong Palimino Beige asphalt floor tile (above right, pattern C-926) was confirmed at 6.4% asbestos.
The tile pattern identified as C-926 Palimon Beige corresponds to the tile photograph at above right, a 1/8" gauge asphalt asbestos floor tile.
These tiles are mostly asphalt with the percentages of asbestos given above, as tested by the reader's asbestos lab. Armstrong has indicated that that these tiles almost certainly contained asbestos but they said that as long as the tiles are not ground or sanded there should not be a detectable asbestos hazard in residential use.
See ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD REDUCTION for recommendations useful for leaving this flooring in place, or
Definition & Composition o fAsphalt based asbestos resilient floor tiles
Asphalt asbestos floor tiles (AAT) refers to resilient flooring that was asphalt based. While thicknesses vary, most often if the floor tiles are 1/8" thick and are of this vintage you will find that they have an asphalt and asbestos base.
Definition & Composition of Vinyl based asbestos resilient floor tiles
Vinyl asbestos floor tiles (VAT) refers to resilient flooring whose basic binding material was a vinyl plastic, replacing asphalt as the primary ingredient.
The 1954 catalog refers to the existence of at least a 1952 version of this vinyl-asbestos resilient floor tile product:
Library of vinyl asbestos floor tile and flooring strip images from 1954 - 1980, Armstrong and others.
1956 - Armstrong Excelon Vinyl Plastic Asbestos 9 x 9 Floor Floor Tiles, Patterns & Color Guide
1957 - Armstrong Excelon Vinyl Asbestos Floor Floor Tiles, Patterns & Color Guide
For colors for which a link is not provided below, see the earlier occurrence of that tile color in a previous year.
1958 - Armstrong Excelon Vinyl Asbestos Floor Floor Tiles, Patterns & Color Guide
For colors for which a link is not provided below, see the earlier occurrence of that tile color in a previous year.
1959 - Armstrong Excelon Floor Vinyl Plastic Asbestos Floor Tiles, 9" x 9"
For colors for which a link is not provided below, see the earlier occurrence of that tile color in a previous year.
Key to Thicknesses or Gauges of Vinyl-Asbestos Floor Tiles & Floor Tile Application or Usage by Thickness
Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tile Thickness & Usage Guide
Continue reading at 1960-1969 ARMSTRONG EXCELON FLOOR TILE GUIDE or select a topic from the More Reading links shown below.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Question: Armstrong asbestos floor tile diecut inserts from around 1952 - ways to seal these floors?
Am looking for information on Armstrong diecut inserts from around 1952. Also are there any recommended ways to seal these floors so you can enjoy the look but without any asbestos concerns? Thanks, Sarah - Sarah 6/23/11
Reply: gentle cleaning followed by floor restorer clear coating protects from asbestos fiber release
As you can see at ASBESTOS FLOORING LEFT IN PLACE, we just did this recently in a New York home. The floor was washed with mild detergent and water. Then we used a spray cleaner recommended by the floor resetorer manufacturer. The spray cleaner removes old wax residues. Next we used a magic marker to color in some gouges that had marred the floor surface. Finally we coated the flooring with the floor restorer product. The floor looked new, and great.
Also see ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD REDUCTION for more ways to reduce the asbestos hazard in asbestos-suspect or presumed asbestos-containing flooring.
Question: 12x12 code 422 80 made by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Plant C Akron, Oh
Do you have info about whether the following 2 tiles contain asbestos?
My previous email had a typo-- 2. should read Amtico Duravinyl.
Found what I believe to be asbestos tiles under carpet in all 4 bedrooms of a house my daughter purchased. The house is 100 + age so this indicates these tiles would be asbestos. Some are damaged through age and also have been stapled to hold the underpad of carpeting and also the carpet tack around the edges. What is the hazard of the staples and tack? Should we be concerned about fiber leakage thru these holes and various damage in the rooms. Thank you - Leaha 9/7/11
Question: identifying various other brands and product numbers of floor tiles
do you know if the SEARS brand HOMART 64-7169 asphalt floor tile contained asbestos? - Paul Wright 9/22/11
Have you heard of Dura Floor Plastic Asphalt Tiles? Do they contain asbestos? - Jo Lynn Judka 10/24/11
I have 12" x 12" tile in the basement just like the pattern San Roque Gold 57161 from 1980.
Is there a way I can forward someone a photo of a school floor to determine if it contains asbestos? I am unable to get back into the building It is closed, but the school dept wants to open it again and is saying that there isn't a problem. I looked through the tiles on your site, but oculdn't find an exact match. The school was built in 1950-1960, but we have no evidence that the tiles have been replaced. Can you help? -
we have an armstrong floor tile (black color) with the following numbers on the back L4 1230 021898. We don't know the year it was installed. Does it contain asbestos? Is there a way to cross reference these numbers? - Dan 5/1/12
We have the San Roque pattern sheet vinyl. Did Armstrong use the same patterns at a later date for their sheet vinyl but without asbestos? We have already started to remove it and I am concerned. - Sue 10/24/2012
We have vinyl sheet flooring that was put in about mid 1984. Is this anything to worry about? When exactly was asbestos banned in the manufacture of sheet flooring? - Peter 11/6/2012
David, naturally by email alone no one can say with certainty whether or not a floor tile contains asbestos, but if your flooring matches one of the ACM floor tiles we illustrate here, AND if you are confident about the age (as you suggest) most likely it is an asbestos-containing product. And yes, for sure there were some peel-and-stick floor tiles that contained asbestos in the tile baking.
JoLynn, sorry we don't have information about DuraFloor plastic asphalt tiles. Do you know the age of the product? You're welcome to send us photos (see the CONTACT link at top, side, bottom of our pages), and I'll research further. Certainly up to the early 1980's many asphalt floor tile products contained asbestos.
Dan, while we have published product and lot numbers for some floor tile products, there are just too many of them, thousands. Unlike mechanical equipment like water heaters or furnaces, I have not found a standard of correlation between product numbers and date of manufacture, though it probably was included in widely varying ways by individual manufacturers.
Question: how much asbestos was in floor tile?
How much asbestos did the Armstrong Excelon Standard 12"x12" tiles contain - Loretta D 12/21/11
How much asbestos did the Armstrong Excelon vinyl asbestos floor tiles contain (12"x12", 1972/1973)? - Loretta 12/22/11
Hi! Would you expect the armstrong corlon resilent flooring with the hydrocord backing from the mid 1960s to contain significant amounts of asbestos? I am trying to find some information on it as I think that may be what is in our home...the only info I can find is that the backing probably did contain an asbestos and latex composite...I am wondering how likely the composite material would become easily friable if we attempted to remove it... - Kate 2/16/12
Loretta, lacking hard science facts I have to give an OPINION that the material is high in asbestos content because in addition to asbestos fibers that gave strength to the tiles, many such floor tiles included a high level of asbestos filler - very ultrafine particles. We'd need to have a sample for specific testing to obtain an content level measurement.
Hi there, being naive and not aware that floor tiles may contain asbestos - I began removing some older tiles from under the carpet in my kids room. After seeing a warning on a Home Depot website - we stopped the removal. Is there any way of testing or visually confirming the possibility of it containing asbestos? I was working in the area for approximately 2 hours without any breathing apartus, etc. What are my options at this point? My wife is freaking out. Thanks - Sean M 1/22/12
I think I've looked through all the photos here and fortunately, the only one that appears to resemble what I have is in the "1989 & Later Armstrong Accoflex Series Flooring Tiles" image just above this comment box. UNfortuneately, it is very difficult to be sure from this small image and i am sure what I have is NOT from the UK. The tiles I have are 12" x 12", 1/8" thick light blue and white (like streaked clouds on a blue sky) resembling "Spruce" above. The tiles are VERY heavy, quite inflexible and have very tiny sparkling crystals throughout. These physical apsects make me very uneasy. Since the tiles are at least 25 years or more old, should I be concerned? Where might I go for an expert opinion? Thanks. - Scott 2/1/2012
Question: Test Results for Armstrong Sheet Flooring - 70% Asbestos
In one of the asbestos pages of your site ( this page - Ed.), your second photo is of a sheet layment. The text about the photo clarifies that the person who sent the photo was confused about Armstrong and Congoleum.
I wanted to let you know that I have that exact same sheet layment and had it tested. It's 70% asbestos. Thought you may want to let readers know so they can save the cost of testing and just deal with the issue accordingly.
I appreciate your site. Thank you for taking the time to put together all the information. - D.H. 10/11/2012
Thank you so much D.H. for the floor covering test result confirming asbestos content in this material. We a welcome critique, questions, or content suggestions for our web articles, and as your feedback illustrates, working together and exchanging information makes us better informed than any individual can be working alone.
Question: How much asbestos hazard was I exposed to during our floor renovation project?
We recently partially demo'd a ceramic tile floor in the kitchen of a home built in 1970. We popped the ceramic tiles up with a pry bar and sledge hammer. Beneath the tiles was a linoleum floor covering. I've visually identified the flooring on your website. It is Armstrong, Excelon, Custon Burnham 1972, 57080 Blue. How much asbestos does this contain? Also, we didn't bother peeling it all up because it was too difficult. We chipped up the remaining ceramic tile on top of it and just covered the remainder of the floor with plywood and fastened the plywood with split drive fasteners. We then nailed pine plank flooring over the plywood. Do we have any reason to worry about asbestos exposure??? My husband wore a dust mask. - Kelly McCullin 11/13/2012
I have ArmStrong sheet layment in my kicten.There was a layer of newer layment on top I did realize it was the orignal under it. The house was built in 1974. I removed about a there foot area before I realized it. If i was exsposed to it how much does it take to make you sick and what are the symptoms.I have to think I am not the only one who has done this. - David 11/28/2012
Reply: it depends ... Here is a list of some risk factors when removing flooring that may contain asbestos
David, and also Kelly McKullin:
If you have specific individual health questions those should be posed to your doctor who knows your personal health history
Question: asbstos in a 1996 home?
(June 18, 2014) Karen said:
Is it possible that my floor tile in a house build in 1996 could have asbestos? Has a similar look to it.
Anything is possible Karen, but installing 20 year old flooring stock in a 1996 home would be quit unusual.
(Apr 6, 2014) Anonymous said:
Moved to a new home. Had to remove carpet in basement due to dog urine. I have been scraping off the glue used for the carpet and installing new vinyl tiles. Just realized the floor tiles probably are asbestos. Have I been creating a health hazard by scraping? Will the vinyl tiles protect against the asbestos?
(May 18, 2014) P Brier said:
We are tearing up old resilient flooring and hit the original resilient layer of kitchen. The product is labeled "Weyerhheuser" on the edge, and is about 3/8" thick with a vinyl wearing surface. The substrate is grey, soft, fibrous....seems like asbestos. I have a photo of the
We decided based on info here to seal it with a lacquer, and build over it with new flooring.
P.B. What you suggest makes sense; generally it's safest to avoid disturbing the material.
(June 19, 2014) Anonymous said:
the tile in the basement of the house which was built in 1935 is blue and white-wondering if it is asbestos
Certainly based on age that's a reasonable assumption if the floor tile is asphalt or vinyl material.
(June 22, 2014) Vincent said:
Looks quite like an Armstrong vinyl asbestos floor tile, Seneca-like pattern from the 1950's
Question: how to distinguish between cork flooring and cork-pattern vinyl/asbestos tiles
(June 29, 2014) Eden said:
Hi hoping you can help, im unsure if cork floor tiles in the bedroom contain asbestos or not? its a mud brick house was built in the 70s. i found an unpolished cork tile in the garage is this an indication it is a genuine cork floor tile or vinyl type im unsure how to differentiate between the two?
Eden, cork flooring is quite a bit softer, more resilient, and looks like cork in cross section. Search inspectApedia for
To see examples.
Vinyl asbestos cork pattern flooring is more dense in cross section
(July 13, 2014) Eden said:
Thanks for your help! i still found it difficult to determine between the two (perhaps a little paranoid also) so i got a sample tested for $50 turns out it was cork tiles thankfully :)
Question: Pennsylvania Levittown home asbestos flooring?
(July 16, 2014) KB said:
Hi Can you tell me if the original floor in a PA Levittowner has asbestos? Thanks
Based on age that's a reasonable assumption if the floor tile is asphalt or vinyl material.
(July 16, 2014) dan said:
i recently ripped out a plush carpet to find a rubber back glue down carpet underneath glue to which looks to be asbestos tile, the lower half of house was removed by a professional, i did not touch the rubber back glued to it upstairs, my question to you is can we drill tru in order to lay half inch plywood n install a vinyl floor in this area or will it create a issue with the breaking up of athe tile and create a problem
If the flooring is an original 9" or 12" vinyl or asphalt floor tile such as those shown in this article series then most likely the answer is yes.
contains suggestions for minimizing the hazard if you need to cut or remove sections of this material.
(July 22, 2014) Anonymous said:
Can you tell me if Armstrong vinyl floor covering contains asbestos?
Anon, current Armstrong® flooring products do not contain asbestos and have not since the early 1980's or earlier depending on the product.
(July 24, 2014) Betsy Delmonico said:
When I bought my 1930s house in 1986, there were two large pieces of linoleum or vinyl flooring rolled up in a closet in the attic (a space which had been made into pine-walled bedrooms in the 1950s). One is about 8' by 10' and I haven't measured the other. They seem to have been used, but not much, and not to have been glued down. Somebody cut a foot-square hole near the end of one, about the size of the heating vents in the attic. The fronts are a braided-rug pattern, multi-colored but mostly tan and brown, repeating every few feet, and the backs are a green felt-like material. I haven't found the pattern online though I've looked for several hours. Do you know (a) whether this is likely to contain asbestos, and (b) who manufactured it and/or (c) whether they might have any value?
From the house age the material you describe could be non-asbestos (linoleum) or it could be asbestos-containing sheet flooring.
To understand how to identify linoleum, in the More Reading links above see
LINOLEUM & Other Sheet Flooring
Use our CONTACT link to send us some sharp photos of both sides of the flooring and we can comment further.
(Aug 2, 2014) Troy said:
I'm tearing up carpeting in a room above my garage from the 1930's. Under the carpet is a linoleum/vinyl? sheet floor with a very thin black paper backing marked Armstrong. Any info about this product would be helpful. The flooring is only laying on the subfloor (no adhesive) It can easily be lifted but tears easily. Can this be safely removed by me using water to limit dust as I tear it up. I will not be using any power tools to remove.
(Aug 18, 2014) Kathy C said:
We have a cottage that we inherited. It was built in the 50's we recently tore up a covering on the floors that was like felt and noticed some 9x9" square tile on the floor in the kitchen and two bedrooms. There is very little if any damage to the tiles. They are beige/natural tone in color. What's the chance of them having asbestos in them?
Kathy chances are very good.
(Aug 24, 2014) mareiarden said:
I recently bought a house built in 1954. Ripped up the carpet to find the original asbestos tile throughout the house. It's in great shape and I absolutely love it. Have been lightly scrubbing it on my hands and knees, tile by tile by tile... I can't find barely anything on the internet, however, about how to actually take care of it. One website recommended something called Johnson's Wax Paste (or something like that), but there's conflicting advice about whether or not I can use a buffer on asbestos tile...?
I should probably add... I've been using Krud Kutter in places where previous owners spilled paint on the tiles... Other than that, I've been using plain water, just taking years upon years of dirt up... The tiles look amazing when wet, but when they dry, not so much... Will the Johnson's Wax Paste (or whatever it's called) help to maintain the "wet" look?
In the article links at page left see ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD REDUCTION for advice on approaches to keeping antique floor tile while minimizing the asbestos hazard.
Don't grind, cut, saw, sand, nor buff with steel wool.
Do use gentle liquid cleaners, mopping, HEPA vacuuming, and if you don't want to paint the surface or install new floor over it, use a hard clear sealant such as we describe in that article.
Question: asbestos content in Armstrong Peel & Stick Flooring? Armstrong 0740112698s
I contacted Armstrong and found out the tile I had in my bathroom was produced in 1998 and did not contain any asbestos.
Indeed some peel-and-stick flooring contained asbestos but not material produced in 1998. Thanks for the update.
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