Armstrong Asphalt Asbestos Floor Tile Photos, green & black (C) InspectAPedia  and ChalmersHow to Identify Floor Tiles & Sheet Flooring
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How to identify floor tiles or sheet flooring that may (or may not) contain asbestos. This article lists a series of photo guides used to identify floor tiles, sheet flooring, or resilient flooring by manufacturer brand, pattern, age, type, dimensions and other properties. Some of these products do or are likely to contain asbestos.

It is possible, by making a simple visual inspection, noting the probable age of the building and age of its materials, and similar clues to identify most flooring products and to identify flooring products that should be presumed 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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Floor Tile or Sheet Flooring Identification Photo Guide

Vinyl asbestos floor tile identification photo U.S. Library of Congress Vinyl asbestos floor tile identification photo U.S. Library of Congress Vinyl asbestos floor tile identification photo U.S. Library of Congress

Asphalt asbestos and vinyl-asbestos floor tiles were produced in 6"x6" (rare), 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.

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Some sheet flooring or resilient flooring also contained asbestos.
See RESILIENT SHEET FLOORING ID GUIDE

Some floor tile mastics & adhesives also contained asbestos.
See MASTIC, CUTBACK ADHESIVE, FLASHING CEMENT ASBESTOS.

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
at ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE PHOTO ID GUIDE

To send us photographs of possible asbestos-containing flooring that you are trying to identify, use the email address found
at CONTACT.

Photo Guides to Asphalt-Containing Floor Tile & Sheet Flooring Identification

The Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tile (and asphalt asbestos and sheet flooring asbestos) photo catalog became so huge that the file was slow to load and unwieldy - so we broke the catalog into segments by year range.

Scan through our images of asphalt asbestos or vinyl asbestos flooring, both tiles and sheet flooring) using the links below by starting at the earliest year that might pertain to your building or to when you think the flooring was installed. Because many floor tile patterns were produced over many years there is of course overlap among these year ranges.

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 floor 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.

Key to Thicknesses or Gauges of Vinyl-Asbestos Floor Tiles & Floor Tile Application or Usage by Thickness

Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tile Thickness & Usage Guide

Vinyl asbestos floor tile guide

Shown at above left is a vinyl-asbestos floor specification summary and usage guide from 1959 - Armstrong.

 

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