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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. Kentile floor tiles that containd asbestos 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.
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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.
When did Floor Tile & Sheet Flooring Production Shift from Asphalt-Based to Vinyl or Cork
Kentile colors/patterns below include: Veined Carnelian with Theme Tile & Feature Strip (below left), Greek Skyros & Breccia, Green with white feature strips, and four kentile samples. These colors and patterns are from 1949 - 1952 and appeared in Kentile advertisements in Life magazine, Popular Science, in various newspapers and other publications.
(Additional Kentile vinyl asbestos tile floor covering photos wanted - CONTACT US)
Possible Solid Color Hexagonal Kentile Vinyl Asbestos Flooring
CONTACT us if you have additional information about or examples of this product. Testing for asbestos content is in process and will be reported here. Ms. Silvers describes the flooring as follows:
There is no writing at all on the back. Each of the 6 tile sides measures 4 inches. The tile is 8 inches wide and 7 inches long.
The tile is about 1/8th of an inch. From the edge view it appears it has three thin layers. The top camel colored layer has a white colored edge.
The middle layer extends a bit past the top one to create a look of "grout". I believe this grout part also measures 1/8th of an inch. The backing is a light beige color, with a slight pattern(as opposed to being matte)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Identifying KenTile or KenFlex Flooring & associated asbestos hazards
Question: Can you identify this floor tile and tell me if it contains asbestos?
Thank you for providing a useful site about asbestos tile. Can you identify the tile I have and if it has asbestos in it? I did not see the exact picture on your site. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. The house was built in 1963. The tiles are 12"x12" and are approximately 1.6 mm in thickness. The last picture shows the back of the tile. Regards, G.K., Cleveland OH
Reply: It's reasonable to presume that vinyl or asphalt floor tiles from the 1960's contain asbestos; only a certified lab can accurately state the actual asbestos content however.
We are not certain of the manufacturer of the tiles shown above, and we publish them here to invite feedback from other readers. And of course only a certified asbestos test lab can say with certainty the tile asbestos composition.
But based on the floor tile age and pattern, it's reasonable to presume that these tiles contain asbestos fibers and filler.
The particle shape or pattern in your floor tiles is similar to the Armstrong floor tile Imperial pattern from 1963 (see Armstrong Floor Tiles and scroll down to 1963). But the colors in your floor tiles (above left) resemble some hues found in Kentiles. And while 9x9 floor tiles were common in the 50's and 60's there were indeed 12x12 floor tiles being produced and installed when your home was built.
We think that the hues in your tiles, even though the pattern is different, point in that direction. I can't make out much from the photo of the back surface of a floor tile (above right) though on some tiles we may find text or numbers that help trace the floor's origin.
Also compare your tile pattern to those shown at our article on Wards floor tiles at Montgomery Ward Floor Tiles as the color pattern is similar to some Wards flooring.
Question: 8" x 8" Kentile FLoor in Satillo Natural
I've been told we have Kentile vinyl tile in our kitchen 8 x 8 squares, "Satillio Natural" color (terra cotta color). I was told they are commercial grade, would have been installed when the home was built in 1985, and will still be in great shape 30 years from now. (Just need periodic waxing).
What are the chances they contain some asbestos?
Sarah asbestos may be in Kentile flooring including yours. If you come across an extra tile or a broken fragment it's inexpensive to have a certified asbestos lab test it for you but in this case it is reasonable to assume the tiles contain asbestos.
Watch out: Don't run power tools, grinders, saws, or steel wool buffers; don't let an idiot try demolition, creating a dusty contaminated mess.
Also see the article titled ASBESTOS FLOORING REMOVAL GUIDE where we discuss using a floor rejuvenator product on vinyl asbestos flooring
Question: These Kentile Floor Tiles Identified by Stamping on Back are Cracking & Crumbling - how do I minimize the risk to our kids?
I am writing this email because we are renting a house in Cresskill, NJ. The home was built in 1941 and has tiles in the basement that are cracking and crumbling. We have a 1 month old baby, a 3 year old, and a 5 year old, and want to see if these tiles pose an immediate risk to us and them. I was able to lift up one of the tiles and found the insignia "Kentile" stamped on the back. I've included some pictures for your review.
I know the best way to determine if they are Asbestos based, would be to have them tested. We don't have the money for that right now, but hope the photos will provide adequate information for positive identification. Please see attached images. I look forward to hearing from you! Thank you for your very informational website! - J.S. 13/01/01 /P>
A competent onsite inspection by an expert usually finds additional clues that help accurately diagnose a problem such as other hazards that might be a particular concern for folks with a baby. That said, here are some things to consider:
In my OPINION there is not a reason on earth to spend on testing Kentile floor tiles - it is entirely reasonable, given the identity of the flooring and its age to treat the floor as PACM (Presumed Asbestos Containing Material).
While more often my OPINION is that floor tiles should be left in place and covered or sealed, I agree that from your photo these Kentile vinyl-asbestos floor tiles are in bad shape, breaking up, and should be cleaned up.
The actual hazards to you from airborne asbestos from this source are typically not great as long as you are not creating a dusty mess by demolition or using power tools or sanders, grinders etc. to attack the flooring. But as you say that the flooring is loose, doubtless some wetting and cleanup and re-covering of the floor would be appropriate.
Watch out: do not do something stupid like running a household vacuum cleaner in this area to try to clean up the dust and mess from the broken flooring. Unless the vacuum is a HEPA rated and non-leaky unit, you may simply increase the level of airborne dust and asbestos. Instead, take a look at these articles to minimize the hazards to you and your family
Certainly don't create a dusty mess, but also don't panic - the result would be getting gouged by someone.
Question: can we identify this old asbestos-suspect floor tile?
I just found your website while researching how to restore my old kitchen floor tiles. I love the pattern but it never occurred to me that it might be asbestos and therefor poisonous. A few of the tiles at thresholds are breaking apart so now I'm concerned. Your help will be most appreciated. The first part of my house was built in 1900, the kitchen was added sometime after that but remodeled as we have seen older tile beneath the cabinets. So I really have no way to know but I thing I may have seen a similar pattern in the 1973 Armstrong section of your website. - N.C. 3/1/2013
N.C. this is not a flooring pattern I've seen before - which reminds us of the enormous variety of flooring designs that have been manufactured over the last 100 years or so. You didn't say if this was sheet flooring or individual tiles.
I have posted the image here because the solid color inset design is characteristic of many Kentile floor products and because perchance another InspectApedia reader will recognize this pattern and help us out with its identification.
Short of having a sample tested, it would be reasonable to treat the floor as PACM - presumed asbestos containing material. You used the word "poisonous" which is not quite how I'd put it, and you don't want to panic lest you become victimized by an aggressive contractor. Take a look at ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD REDUCTION.
Reader follow-up: how can I best preserve this old vinyl floor?
My floor is individual 9" tiles that have been cut diagonally and paired dark mottled grey with light mottled grey. A center triangle is cut out so when pieced together to form a 9" square there is a 3" solid red or solid grey square pieced in the middle of the two diagonally cut 9" tiles. I think it must have been a custom tile job at the time made with individually cut tiles. I don't want to take it out, I love the floor. I was originally trying to figure out how best to preserve and restore it. I couldn't hope to duplicate this very original floor. If, based on my new description, your able to identify the year and manufacturer of my tiles, I would be interested to know. I am fine with our conversation being used to help others and only ask that my email etc. be kept private as you stated.
I think it should be easy to preserve the floor as long as it remains well glued down. Non- abrasive cleaning followed by a clear non- yellowing sealant should work.
See Leave in Place Strategy: how to clean, restore & seal vinyl-asbestos flooring for a floor rejuvenator and sealant that we have used with very good success.
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