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ASBESTOS REMOVAL, WETTING GUIDE
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ASBESTOS TESTING LAB LIST
ASBESTOS UNDER the MICROSCOPE
CATHEDRAL CEILING INSULATION
CEILING FINISHES INTERIOR
CEILINGS, DROP or SUSPENDED PANEL
CEILINGS & WALLS, PLASTER TYPES
CERAMIC TILE, ASBESTOS in?
FLOOR TILE HISTORY & INGREDIENTS
FLOOR TILES ASBESTOS
INDOOR AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT GUIDE
INSULATION IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
METAL LATH, PLASTER & STUCCO
PLASTER TYPE IDENTIFICATION
SAFETY HAZARDS & INSPECTIONS
WORLD TRADE CENTER 9-11 DUST PHOTOS
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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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
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.
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.
For colors for which a link is not provided below, see the earlier occurrence of that tile color in a previous year.
Watch out: even if your flooring was installed some time after 1980, it is possible that an installer used 1980 or prior flooring materials that contained asbestos. Handle flooring demolition or grinding, sanding, polishing appropriately.
Do Peel and Stick Floor Tiles Contain Asbestos?
Armstrong Peel-and-Stick Floor vinyl floor tiles were introduced late in 1969, as we discussed at Peel and Stick / Self-Adhesive Floor Tiles
Some, but apparently not all self-adhesive floor tiles made by Armstrong during the period 1969 - 1982 contained asbestos. The company stopped manufacturing these tiles with asbestos in December of 1982.
Not all adhesive floor tiles produced during this period contain asbestos. It is necessary to know the flooring product model number or collection name of a tile in question, or to submit a sample to an asbestos test laboratory to make a final determination. The peel-and-stick Armstrong floor tile shown in our photograph (above left) was from Armstrong's Vernay series, introduced in 1980 and discontinued in 1982. This product never contained asbestos. - information courtesy of Armstrong Corporation.
Armstrong Vernay Pattern Floor Tiles - late1980's
I need to replace some old ripped floor titles and simply do not know the name of the specific patter to order boxes of new ones.
I have not seen this exact pattern either.
You could try sending a photo to Armstrong to ask if they have an exact replacement but I'm not optimistic that an exact match is going to show up, both because manufacturers shift production and because of color changes in installed flooring over time. Still it's worth a shot. If you wish I'll post the photos to see if other readers recognize the pattern name and can suggest a replacement source.
How to Contact Armstrong Flooring:
In most of our articles detailed citations including company contact information are in the References section at the article end. For Armstrong here are some excerpts
There is a company in Floral Park that sells tiles and this house is in Jamaica NY, is this where I should be looking (checked this site for older Armstrong tiles) even contacted Dynamix and frankly I'm clueless in things like floor tiles.
Miracle of miracles I found it in Armstrong's archives of discontinued products most of which have no images anymore but had mine on an empty page: Discontinued: Vernay Series Englewood - Oak
Feel free to use the image in my image on your site if he helps id this pattern for anyone or is of some use.
Note: A non-asbestos-containing peel-and-stick Vernay series floor tile from the 1980's is described at SELF-ADHESIVE PEEL & STICK ON ASBESTOS TILE IDENTIFICATION
The American Bilrite Zip Stick 12x12 tiles previously found in this article are now discussed in more detail at SELF-ADHESIVE PEEL & STICK ON ASBESTOS TILE IDENTIFICATION or select a topic from the More Reading links shown below.
Continue reading at 1989 & LATER ARMSTRONG ACCOFLEX FLOORING & TILES or select a topic from the More Reading links shown below.
Suggested citation for this web page
1980-1988 ARMSTRONG VINYL-ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE IDENTIFICATION at InspectApedia.com - online encyclopedia of building & environmental inspection, testing, diagnosis, repair, & problem prevention advice.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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 demolished 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, Custom 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 kitchen. There was a layer of newer layment on top I did realize it was the original under it. The house was built in 1974. I removed about a there foot area before I realized it. If i was exposed 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
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