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Q&A on indentifying asbestos-containing floor tiles, set #5

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Q&A on identification of asbestos-containing floor tiles - set #5

Additional FAQs to help identify floor tiles that are likely to contain asbestos.

This article series assists building buyers, owners or inspectors who need to identify asbestos materials (or probable-asbestos) in buildings by visual inspection.

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How to Identify Asbestos Floor Tiles - FAQs set #5

Layers of old flooring, may contain asbestos, possibly Armstrong Marabelle 236 (C) SheboyganThese questions and replies on how to recognize asbestos-containing flooring were posted originally at ASBESTOS FLOORING IDENTIFICATION- topic home.

Review the 5 questions we pose there to make a reasonable guess at whether or not a particular floor tile or sheet flooring contains asbestos.

Also see ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE PHOTO ID REQUESTS for more photographs submitted for identification as asbestos-containing flooring - or not.

If your flooring is a continuous sheet product, see ASBESTOS SHEET FLOORING ID FAQs

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On 2018-09-23 by (mod) - how to make a reasonable guess at whether or not floor tile or sheet flooring contains asbestos


Quite possibly one of the four materials I see in the photo is asbestos-containing sheet flooring.

Please take a look at ASBESTOS FLOORING IDENTIFICATION where we give 5 steps that help decide the probability that tile or sheet flooring contains asbestos.

Let me know if that helps you or if questions remain.

On 2018-09-23 15:25:59.835670 by Sheboygan

Is this asbestos sheet? [photo shown above] I think it’s Armstong Marbelle 236

On 2018-09-22 by (mod) - composition of 1979 vinyl asbestos floor tiles

Vinyl with a backer, considering age, if in the U.S. or Canada, good chance of containing asbestos.

On 2018-09-22 by jamusky11

Can anyone tell me what this flooring is made of? It was installed circa 1979.

1979 asbestos- suspect vinyl floor tiles (C) Jamusky

Can anyone tell me what these floors are made of? They were installed circa 1979.

1979 asbestos- suspect vinyl floor tiles (C) Jamusky

On 2018-08-20 by (mod) - how to decide if flooring probably contains asbestos



we give 5 easy steps for you that will be more complete and useful than just saying, here, sorry Carrie but as there were tens of thousands of floor tile patterns, even after decades on this topic I still don't recognize them all.

On 2018-08-20 by Carrie

Carrie's floor tile may contain asbestos (C)


On 2018-08-12 by (mod) - asbestos likely in 12x12 flooring in 1950's home

Grace, it would be prudent to treat the floor in your photo as presumed to contain asbestos - which is not a reason to panic but it is a reason to avoid creating dust and debris.

12x12 floor tile with asbestos likely (C) Grace

On 2018-08-12 by Grace

House was originally built in 1958, but we dont know when this vinyl was installed. Its 12x12

On 2018-07-18 by (mod) -

Sorry, no.

Cork / Spatter pattren asbestos floor tile (C) Susan

It looks generally like a cork-style or spatter style pattern made by Armstrong, Sears, Wards, Kentile and some others.

On 2018-07-18 19:50:37.889836 by Susan

Can you identify this 9"tile; asbestos or not. Not sure which pattern it is so if you know what pattern it is, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for having this great site!

On 2018-06-07 by (mod) - 1972. Asbestos tiles? Size 9x9

Asbestos in 1972 9x9 floor tiles (C) Bill

Yes the floor is very likely to be a vinyl asbestos tile. Sure to read our articles about leaving such floors in place as the safest alternative.

On 2018-06-06 by Bill

Floor done about 1972. Asbestos tiles? Size 9x9

On 2018-05-19 by (mod) - asbestos-suspect 1977 wood-tone floor tiles


Asbestos wood tone floor tiles 1977 (C) Sharon R

If those are vinyl tiles that were made before the early 1980's it would be prudent to treat them as presumed to contain asbestos - which is not a reason to panic but to avoid creating dust and debris. Looks to me also as if there has been water entry.

On 2018-05-18 by Sharon R

These wood tone tiles were installed around 1977. I have no other information. I did not see anything like it on this website, so maybe they are not asbestos, but just trying to make sure. Thanks so much

On 2018-05-01 by Jimmy - asbestos floor tiles, 9x9, Canadian

Asbestos-9x9 floor tiles in Canada (C) Jimmy

Yes it is a Canadian home. I'll check out that link. Thanks

On 2018-05-01 1 by (mod) -


Is this a Canadian home? If so see DOMINION SHEET & TILE FLOORING at

On 2018-05-01 by Jimmy

This home was built in the 1960s. These are 9 by 9 tiles sitting on a wooden subfloor on the main level. Wondering if they are asbestos tiles

On 2018-04-27 by (mod) - early 1970's peel and stick flooring asbestos

If that is in fact a vinyl tile it looks like a faux parquet from the 1970s

On 2018-04-27 by amyeverett99

Asbestos peel and stick flooring 1970s (C) Amy Everett

My home was built in 1968. These are the tiles under the top peel and stick tiles. Under these old tiles the concrete is black.

On 2018-03-20 by (mod) - asbestos-containing sheet flooring from the 1960's - 1970's

The flooring in your photos looks like asbestos-containing sheet flooring from the 1960's - 1970's. It would be prudent to treat it as presumed to contain asbestos. We have published similar photos of this flooring that I inspected in a home in Two Harbors MN.

On 2018-03-20 02:25:13.066877 by HMK

This sheet flooring contains asbestos (C) HMK

Here is another photo of the same/similar flooring.

I'm trying to identify this sheet vinyl flooring, and figure out whether it contains asbestos.

This sheet flooring contains asbestos (C) HMK

It covers the entire second floor of my home. In the bedrooms and hallway, wall-to-wall carpet was installed directly overtop - in the bathroom, new sheet vinyl was glued down over it.

It's got to be older than 1980, because I remember seeing the same flooring in Victoria General Hospital (Pembina Hwy) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where I live.

The pattern can best be described as small tumbled uniformly-shaded squares/blocks.
The photos I'm uploading are from an internet search - from "photo collector" websites that hide the sources, and contain viruses.

On 2018-03-10 18:58:39.288212 by (mod) -

Thanks JL,

Unless you find evidence that the actual flooring was installed after the mid 1980's it'd make sense to either test it or treat it as PACM. (Presumed Asbestos Containing Material)

On 2018-03-10 by

buying a house built in 1973 and homeowner won't allow us a buyer paid asbestos test of floor tile that I question. the tile is broken and cracking in areas.

I feel the seller doesn't want to pay for removal or positively allow us to Id asbestos as then they must disclose it as they are saying they don't think it is.

please help these are very original tiles

On 2018-03-09 by (mod) -


What country, city, state or province is the building location?

The flooring looks a lot like Montgomery Ward vinyl asbestos flooring from the 70's. To know for sure if it contains asbestos you'd need to test a sample. I would treat the floor as PACM (Presumed Asbestos Containing Material)


Scott said

The building is in Poulsbo, WA. West of Seattle. I’ll have it tested.

On 2018-03-02 by Scott Schmidt - asbestos in 1970's 12x12 floor tiles from Poulsbo WA


Asbestos-suspect floor tile, 12x12 (C) Scott Schmidt Asbestos-suspect floor tile, 12x12 (C) Scott Schmidt

I am trying to identify these 12 x 12 tiles. I have not found anything similar on the web site yet. Could you help identify it? It is in a medical building built around 1970. Thanks.

On 2018-01-05 19:38:21.730920 by Anonymous

12x12 asbestos-suspect floor tile - Michigan (C)

Thats not a pattern we recognize. If the floor is in a U.S. home and dates from 1984 or later it's less likely to contain asbestos.

On 2018-01-04 15:59:02.395834 by MichiganDude

Does this tile contain asbestos? It is 12 by 12

On 2017-12-30 06:10:23.573638 by Shawn Graves

1984 Asbestos-suspect flooring (C) Shawn Graves

Hey all... I'm pulling up out vinyl sheet flooring from our 1984 home... I stopped immediately when I saw paper backed flooring with some shiny crystals in it. Asbestos or not...

On 2017-12-26 01:53:12.670372 by Anonymous

it would make sense to treat the flooring those presumed to contain asbestos and to avoid creating a dust hazard

Asbestos floor tile for identification(C) Bri Heberly

On 2017-12-26 01:21:27.969783 by Bri Heberly

Does this look like it is the asbestos tile??? It was under old green carpet

On 2017-12-21 02:27:00.148830 by Connor

Asbestos floor tile 12x12 (C) Connor


The 12x12 floor tiles abovce are rubbery and flexible, the 9x9 tiles and tar papery underside are resistant to water (water beads up on the surface). Are either of these tiles likely to be asbestos and would we be able to remove the partial board paint and seal the 9x9 layer and go over with wood flooring or is leaving it as is advisable.

Asbestos floor tile 8x8 (C) Connor

We are pulling up flooring in our home that was built in 1946 and have 2 different tiles on different layers of the same floor.

The larger pattern tiles are on partial board and are 12x12. Under the partial board there are smaller 9x9 tiles.

On 2017-12-14 01:16:21.491592 by (mod) -

Asbestos floor tile for identification (C) Terry

Terri if the floor is in the U.S. and went down before the mid 1980's it might contain asbestos.

In the recommended reading links at the ARTICLE INDEX or at the end of this page you'll want to see



On 2017-12-13 18:55:34.833939 by Terri

Attaching pic. Started to take up floor and was told it could contain asbestos. Now I'm afraid to continue. Any advice?

On 2017-11-29 23:14:14.030822 by (mod) -


You can post a picture by starting a comment - typing in the Comments box on this page.
Then click the little "picture frame" icon just to the right of the gray Comment button and you'll see an opportunity to specify an image file to be included in your comment.

On 2017-07-07 22:46:37.999293 by Betty

Wondering if anyone here could help me identify these floor tiles found in a basement to have asbetos? I have search through photos online and haven't seen similiar
tile images posted.


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