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Asbestos-Containing Peel-and-Stick Floor Tiles: this article describes self-adhesive "peel and stick" vinyl floor tiles that contain or may contain asbestos. We include product names, descriptions, and photographs of asbestos-containing stick-on floor tile products including materials used in homes in the U.S. and Canada into at least the early 1980's.
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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 our Floor Tile History article entry for 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.
1980's American Biltrite Zip Stick & Amitco Sunbeam Pattern ZipStik flooring
American Biltrite Zip Stick 12x12 tiles in fact do contain asbestos as do a Canadian version of this flooring illustrated here.
The Amitco Sunbeam pattern Zip Stik floor tiles in our photos (below) contributed by reader P.T. look the same except the packaging (if you have an original tile carton) will read "Manufactured by American Biltrite Canada".. These nominal 12"x12" self adhesive floor tiles were 305mm x 305mm, 0.080" or 2.03mm gauge (thickness).
These self-adhesive floor tiles were installed in a home built in the 1980's. The owner had a sample of these tiles tested for asbestos content and reported "The tests came back positive with Asbestos 5% Chrysotile. The tile was manufactured in Canada in 1981. "
If you can identify your floor tile collection name or model number, laboratory testing of the sample to screen for asbestos may be unnecessary. (See ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE PHOTO ID GUIDE or send us a photograph of the flooring that you are trying to identify. Use the email address found at CONTACT.
Watch out: even if your vinyl tile or sheet vinyl 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.
Below we show a photo of the Armstrong© Stamp found on the under-side or "back" of 12 x 12 "stick-on" self-adhesive floor tiles produced by Armstrong.
We have split this guide to Armstrong Asphalt Asbestos or Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tiles into the individual year range pages (dates of production) below in order to cut web page load time. If you prefer to see all of the reference photos in a single scrollable file, contact us and we can provide the full list in a single big and slow-loading file.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about asbestos in peel & stick floor tiles
Question: What is the asbestos hazard from pulling up peel n press vinyl tile from 1983?
Hi. I started to pull up peel n press vinyl tile in my kitchen and now I'm very concerned about asbestos. ..I pulled up 2 tiles and stopped the project. I've been trying to research the tile, I have one left over box from previous owner - marked 1983 distinctive color tile produced by color tile in texas There is beautiful linoleum tile underneath that I love If I did release some asbestos fiber, how long does it linger ? I appreciate your input Thanks, F. S.
Only by submitting a tile sample to a certified asbestos testing lab can we know for sure if your flooring contained asbestos, but it is indeed the case that we have some confirmed reports of self-adhesive or "peel and stick" floor tiles from the early 1980's that contained asbestos.
If you did not run power tools, saws, grinders, or sanders to make a significant level of dust, that is if you were able to pull up flooring largely intact, the risk of significant asbestos fiber release is probably low. Certainly it would be smart to either have a test performed on suspect material or just handle it with the same precautions you would take if you knew that it contained asbestos.
If you'd like to send along a photo of your tile and of any markings on its back side (or on packaging if you have it) we can help research the matter further.
Questions & answers or comments about asbestos in peel and stick flooring materials & flooring made or sold in the U.S., Canada, or other countries after 1980.
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