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  • KENTILE KenFlex Floor Tiles - CONTENTS: extensive photo-catalog helps identify Kentile asphalt asbestos / Kentile vinyl asbestos floor tiles or other flooring that may contain asbestos fibers. Identifying photos of old or discontinued asbestos-containing Kentile floor tiles. Asbestos Kentile floor tile patterns, photos & Kentile flooring history, dates of production & Kentile KenFlex floor tile patterns. Asphalt asbestos Kentile & vinyl-asbestos Kentile or KenFlex floor tile identification and advice 1917 - 1986. Asbestos-free Kentile flooring products, 1986-1992.
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Kentile Flooring identification photos, history, asbestos content:

How to identify asbestos-containing Kentile or KenFlex floor tiles: here we provide a photo guide to Kentile asphalt-asbestos flooring & Kentile vinyl asbestos floor tile identification photographs, a list of product names, styles, colors, and vinyl-asbestos floor patterns, and colors for asbestos-containing floor tile products - flooring materials that are reported to or have been confirmed to contain asbestos in asbestos fiber or asbestos powder-filler form.

We report on both asbestos-containing Kentile flooring and later Kentiles tested and found asbestos-free.



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Kentile Floors: KenFlex Asphalt-asbestos & Vinyl-Asbestos Floor Tiles - 1950's - 1986 Photo & Asbestos Guide

Kentile flooring sample 1963

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. [Click to enlarge any image]

Vinyl asbestos floor tile identification Photos KenFlex Kentile

Asbestos-containing floor tiles were produced by Kentile Floors, a Brooklyn NY company that filed bankruptcy in 1992. (founder Arthur Kennedy 1898) (at least) as 9" x 9" resilient flooring in a variety of patterns (left) and shades as we illustrate in photographs in this article.

Article Series Contents

Kentile produced both Asphalt floor tiles using an asbestos filler (see Rosato comment below), and Vinyl-Asbestos floor tiles. The dark floor tiles shown at left may have been asphalt-asbestos. Later light-colored tiles were often vinyl based;

History of the Kentile Corporation

Kentile sign, Brooklyn NY photo edited for clarity (C) InspectApedia.com 2016

The Kentile corporation, founded in 1989 in Brooklyn, New York by Arthur Kennedy, producd asbestos-containing floor tiles, some with a high percentage (estimated by some sources as 25%) of asbestos. As with virtually all of the older asphalt and then vinyl-based floor tile manufacturers, Kentitle's early floor tiles were an asphaalt-based product in which asbesstos was used in both fiber form (for reinforcement) and in fine powder form (as a filler) in the floor tile composition. The Kentile company advertised flooring products both for residential and for business or commercial installations.

The Kentile company filed for bankruptcy in 1992, almost certainly in reaponse to the financial burden of asbestos-related litigation, and emerged reogranized in 1998. Kentile was also named in further class action litigation in 2006. The company was not successful in an attempt to form an asbestos trust to respond to litigation.

Watch out: as we read in InspectApedia reports on wood-fiber sheathing products and some ceiling tile products, even products that did not themselves deliberately contain asbestos were on occasionally contamined by asbestos that was present at the same manfuacturing facility or site where other asbestos-containing products were produced.

Kentile residential & commercial floor brands 1952 Catalog (C) InspectApedia

Watch out: Unless you have an asbestos content test from a certified asbestos test-lab who used approved asbestos detection procedures and that demonstrates that your flooring does not contain asbestos, it would be prudent to treat the flooring as presumed to contain asbestos. This does not mean that panic nor great expense are necessarily appropriate. 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.

See ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD REDUCTION

Or for cases in which demolition and flooring removal are necessary,

see ASBESTOS FLOORING REMOVAL GUIDE

When did Kentile Floor Tile & Sheet Flooring Production Shift from Asphalt-Based to Vinyl or Cork

Our photo (left) illustrates Kentile flooring from a New Jersey home built in 1941, thanks to reader J.S. who noticed Kentile markings on the back of this flooring.

We discuss his floor and include more photographs in the FAQs section at the end of this article.


Kentile green and beige floor tiles 1958

Some of Kentile's 26 colors/patterns included Breccia, Carnival (multi-color), Dog Tooth, Fleecy Cerulean, Gaiety, Genoa Green, Greek Skyros, Lamartine, Ovation, Toledo Red, Verde Antique, regular pattern, Marbelized, and die-cut theme tiles and solid color feature strips.

At above left our illustration shows green and beige Kentile floor patterns from 1958.

Kentile's sign, along the Gowanus Canal (Brooklyn New York, ca 1949) has been considered an important landmark in its own right. In Canada Kentile flooring was distributed by T. Eaton Co., Ltd.

The company filed bankruptcy in 1992, ceasing operations in 1995.

When did Kentile Stop Making Asbestos-containing Floor Tiles?

Opinion: from literature review and citations throughout this article series (also see REFERENCES) it appears that the company continued to produce asphalt-containing flooring at least through 1986 and possibly later.

Unless supported by an asbestos-free lab test from a certified asbestos testing lab (ASBESTOS TESTING LAB LIST) it would be prudent to treat all asphalt and vinyl flooring products from Kentile as asbestos-containing material.

Depending on its location and condition it may of course be safest to leave such flooring in place. See ASBESTOS FLOORING LEFT IN PLACE.

Standard Dimensions of Kentile Flooring Products

Kentile 9x9 floor tiles (C) InspectApedia.com

[Click to enlarge any image] Above, Kentile 9x9" commercial floor tiles.

Kentile floor tiles contained asbestos and were produced in

If the floor tile is thicker than 1/16", particularly, 1/8" or more, we suspect you're looking at an asphalt based tile, rather than a later vinyl-asbestos floor tile. The Kentile flooring idenfication photos and pattern examples shown here are culled from magazine advertisements and Kentile flooring catalogs from the 1950's. Below we also include actual Kentile floor tile photographs and images of Kentile packaging contributed by our readers.

Kentile Flooring Product Lines, Brand Names, Identification Labels

Kentile produced the following flooring lines:

Kentile asphalt asbestos floor tile packaging (C) InspectApedia

Kentile 9x9 commercial floor tile (C) InspectApedia

Kentile die cut asphalt asbestos flooring (C) InspectAPedia Sara Oshkosh

Kentile quincy slate vinyl flooring (C) InspectApedia GP

and below, Kentile solid vinyl Quincy Slate floor tile reverse side markings:

Kentile quincy slate vinyl flooring (C) InspectApedia GP

In addition to the known Kentile-brand vinyl asbestos floor tiles shown here, some of which are shown
at ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE IDENTIFICATION PHOTOS by YEAR - asbestos may be in Kentile products produced through 1986.

Kentile Flooring Packaging

Kentile packaging &  box markings (C) InspectApedia.com

Photos here illustrate Kentile floor tile packaging label data. Click any image to see an enlarged, detailed version.

Kentile 9x9 commercial floor tile (C) InspectApedia

Above, Kentile commercial 9x9" floor tiles

Kentile vinyl asbestos floor tile (C) InspectApedia

So 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.

Kentile flooring packaging, non-asbestos (C) InspectApedia JG

Above, Kentile solid vinyl "terresque" flooring reported by one reader whose (possibly-questionable) lab test did not detect asbestos.
See KENTILE LAB REPORT of No Asbestos?

Kentile Buckskin Pattern Floor Tile packaging photo (C) InspectApedia.com'

Above & bleow, Kentile packaging for # 551 Buckskin Marbleized 1H122C flooring installed in a South Dakota home and dating from 1978 or 1979.

Kentile Buckskin Pattern Floor Tile packaging photo (C) InspectApedia.com

Here is all the info & pics of the box along with a pics of the tile. They also show the tiles in place along with a new tile. I would like to know if these tiles contain asbestos, you would think with all the info we have that there would be on a list if some kind.

Kentile Buckskin Pattern Floor Tile packaging photo (C) InspectApedia.com

Kentile asphalt asbestos floor tile packaging (C) InspectApedia

Above: Kentile 9x9" styrene reinforced asphalt floor tile

Kentile asphalt asbestos flooring packaging (C) InspectApedia

also

Kentile flooring original packaging (C) InspectApedia

Below, Kentile "Factory-Waxed" floor tile packaging.

Kentile asphalt or vinyl asbestos floor tile packaging details (C) InspectApedia BG

and

Kentile asphalt or vinyl asbestos floor tile packaging details (C) InspectApedia BG

Here is the Kentile D-225 Cerulean Blue 9x9" floor tile in the box above:

Kentile D-225 Cerulean blue 9x9 floor tile (C) InspectApedia.com

Reader question: Identify these floor tiles in boxes?

Boxes of unidentified floor tiles possibly with asbestos (C) InspectAPedia LW

I purchased a home that was built in the 1970's and recently had water damage and the insurance adjuster asked me to remove the tile so that the flooring underneath could dry.

I removed the flooring myself and now I have learned it may have asbestos. How do I tell and am I or my children in any danger because of this? - L.W. 6/22/13

Reply:

Your photo shows a bunch of what looks like vinyl tiles in boxes outdoors; from the photo I'm doubtful anyone could or even should try to identify exactly what tile this is, nor assert whether the tile in the photo (or other unseen flooring in your house) has asbestos or not.

If you knew the age of the flooring in the home (prior to early 80's) it would be reasonable (and safe) to treat the flooring as presumed asbestos-containing floor tile (PACM). If you recognized a specific tile pattern in our online photo guide to asbestos tile you would know more certainly just what's probably there (some look like others);

Or you'd need to send a sample to a certified asbestos test lab (we list those contacts too at InspectApedia);

For a floor that is in place, intact, and is not being ground up or smashed about by demolition the level of risk is probably below the limits of detection. If you search InspectApedia.com for "asbestos floor tile hazard reduction" you'll see expert advice on what to do to minimize the hazard from asbestos containing floor tiles or PACM.

If your flood-damaged flooring is loose or damaged and has to be removed and you want to minimize risk of possible asbestos content, also see these three articles

Kentile Flooring Color & Pattern Example Keys from Catalogs & Advertisements

We moved this discussion and these keys to KENTILE FLOOR COLORS & PATTERNS KEY

Kentile flooring advertisement Popular Science 1954

Photo Examples of Kentile Flooring Patterns & Markings on Tiles

Kentile asphalt asbestos gray speckle pattern (C) InspectApedia Sarah Oshkosh

We recently bought a home with Kentile asphalt tiles in the basement and bathrooms (grey and pink orchid). The basement is in good condition and is rather special as it has large, decorative die cut squares (a clown, a hand of cards, a magician's hat, etc) and also an inlaid shuffle board court.

The bathroom is not in good condition and we're going to do doing a 2-part epoxy encapsulation soon. We also have an original box of extra tiles. Would you be interested in pictures of any of these for your website? - Sarah, Oshkosh WI 6/19/2014

Here is the original Kentile "asphalt" tile flooring packaging box [shown below]. The product is labeled as Kentile Asphalt Tile, Styrene Reinforced, Factory Waxed, 9x9" Kentile Floors. The tile pattern (shown below) in these boxes was Kentile's Terazzo Beige and Kentile's Cork pattern (second photo pair, below right).

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Kentile asphalt asbestos flooring in cork pattern with original packaging (C) InspectApedia

Kentile Theme Tiles

Kentile die cut theme tile illustration from a 1952 Catalog - InspectApedia.com

The following Kentile theme tiles are nice exmaples of die-cut Kentiles.

Kentile die cut clown pattern (C) InspectApedia Sara Oshkosh

Here are Kentile die cut accent tiles installed in the basement.

Kentile die cut asphalt asbestos flooring (C) InspectAPedia Sara Oshkosh

And two more popular die cut Kentile patterns from the same building's basement showing the playing card "Aces" pattern below.

Kentile die cut playing card pattern (C) InspectApedia Sarah

and a Shuffleboard pattern at below right. - Sarah, Oshkosh WI 6/19/2014

Kentile shuffleboard die cut pattern (C) InspectApedia Sarah in Oshkosh

Other Kentile Patterns

Here are the grey tiles in one bathroom that are in poor condition. The toilet never seemed to sit square on the this floor and so we were going to pull up the flooring because we thought the subfloor might be soggy. We pulled up a layer of sheet vinyl on top of a layer of MDF and these tiles were underneath.

There was an extra layer of MDF around the base of the toilet where the original grey tiles were missing. This had gotten wet and squishy. The layers were only stapled together so it was very easy to pull them apart. We're going to level the floor and then encapsulate these tiles in place with 2part epoxy. - Sarah, Oshkosh WI 6/19/2014

Gray speckled Kentile asphalt asbestos flooring in a bathroom, Oshkosh WI (C) InspectApedia Sarah

and

Kentile asphalt asbestos gray speckle pattern (C) InspectApedia Sarah Oshkosh

 

Kentile Flooring ID Requests & FAQs

We moved this discussion to a separate article now found at KENTILE FLOOR ID REQUESTS & FAQs

Asbestos-Free Kentile Flooring, 1986-1992: Solid Vinyl Terresque

Reader Question:

Kentile flooring packaging, non-asbestos (C) InspectApedia JG Kentile flooring packaging, non-asbestos (C) InspectApedia JG

Can you help to identify if this Kentile flooring tile has asbestos or what year it was made? Thanks! - J.G. 4 January 2015

Reply:

John,
All or most Kentile asphalt and vinyl flooring products contained asbestos. I'll take a closer look at your photos - please me images of both sides of an example tile. Some Kentile flooring such as true cork (not cork-pattern vinyl) may not have contained asbestos. - DF

Really? Not so. See the Kentile Flooring testing results provided by this reader just below. - DF

Reader follow-up: Asbestos test lab reports no asbestos in Certain Kentiles Produced Between 1986-1992

Kentile flooring without asbesto (C) InspectApedia JG Kentile flooring without asbesto (C) InspectApedia JG Kentile flooring without asbesto (C) InspectApedia JG

Hi Daniel,

I went and got the tiles and the adhesive tested in a lab and found out that this particular version of Kentile has no trace of asbestos. Apparently about 5% of 9x9 tiles were made without it. It must have been made between 1986 and 1992 when Kentile stopped using asbestos. I am attaching some photos to this email in the hope they can be of help to others for future reference.

Thanks again for your help. - J.G.

Reply:

Thanks so much for this follow-up John. It is very important, particularly since my research had not previously been able to confirm the non-asbestos claim. I will be sure to add this data to our library. If you want to be identified I'll be glad to cite you as a contributor, or you can remain anonymous - which is our default mode for readers.

It would be most helpful if you could email me PDF copies of the asbestos test lab reports. I want to be able to defend this assertion. I will of course also in that data keep your information private.

Moderator follow-up: the lab used to perform the flooring tests submitted by this reader was not a listed, approved asbestos testing laboratory. See ASBESTOS TESTING LAB LIST to find federal, state or provincially-certified asbestos testing laboratories. Still the flooring tested might be asbestos-free.

Watch out: Unless you have an asbestos content test from a certified asbestos test-lab who used approved asbestos detection procedures and that demonstrates that your flooring does not contain asbestos, it would be prudent to treat the flooring as presumed to contain asbestos. This does not mean that panic nor great expense are necessarily appropriate. 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.

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Or see KENTILE FLOOR ID REQUESTS & FAQs

Or see ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD REDUCTION

Readers should see ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD REDUCTION

Also see FLOOR TILE HISTORY & INGREDIENTS for a discussion of the ingredients and production of asbestos-containing flooring.

Or see FLOOR TILE / SHEET FLOORING PHOTO GUIDES - list of photo guides

Or see this detailed photo guide to individual vinyl-asbestos floor tile patterns, brands, sizes, and years of manufacture, see ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE IDENTIFICATION PHOTOS by YEAR.

Or see MONTGOMERY WARD ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE IDENTIFICATION

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