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Vinyl-asbestos floor tile photos for 1973 & surrounding years:
Photo guide to asphalt asbestos and vinyl asbestos floor tiles made or installed close to 1973.
Tthis article series provides a guide to identifying asphalt-asbestos flooring (1917 - ca 1960) & vinyl asbestos floor tile (ca 1952 - 1986), giving a full catalog of floor tile and sheet flooring identification photographs, product names, styles, colors, and vinyl-asbestos floor patterns, and colors for asbestos-containing floor tile products made between about 1930 and 1986 - flooring materials that are reported to or have been confirmed to contain asbestos in asbestos fiber or asbestos powder-filler form.
These flooring products typically contain chrysotile asbestos, and possibly other asbestos forms. Some of the tile adhesive mastics used also contained asbestos.
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Shown here: Excelon Imperial Modern and Devon Gold floor tile patterns. Details are below.
Floor tiles shown above correspond left to right to the patterns named below where we also include links to additional colors for each style or pattern. We show one or more images of each floor tile pattern and provide links that show the same pattern as it appeared in other colors.
Where we list tile pattern colors for which a link is not provided you can see an earlier occurrence of that tile pattern and color in a previous year in this article series.
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[Click TEXT LINKS of tile pattern or color names to see images of additinal floor tile examples for each pattern]
IMPERIAL MODERN 12" x 12" x 1/8" & 3/32" gauge produced in: FLEECE WHITE 51850, MELLOW SAND 51851, first tile image at above left, SMOKE BEIGE 51852, CHAR BROWN 51854, MEDIUM CORK 51855, BAYBERRY WHITE 51856, OLIVE 51857, SANDRIFT WHITE 51858, LIGHT UMBER 51860, POWDER GRAY 51861
CABANA OLIVE 51857 - shown above, IMPERIAL TEXTURE produced as 12" x 12 "x 1/8" thick floor tiles, and COTTAGE TAN51830 - second image above, also produced in these colors, TOWER GOLD 51831, TEMPLE ORANGE 51833, and SHELTER WHITE 51836, PALACE BEIGE 51837, MANSION GOLD 51838, FORTRESS WHITE 51839, TENT OLIVE 51840, CASTLE GREIGE 51841 - shown just below
TRAVERTEX12" x 12" x 1/8" Armstrong floor tile sold as TRAVERTEX BRIAR TAN 51130 shown below, FROST WHITE 51131, CREAM WHITE5 1133, MIST WHITE 51135, HARVEST IRONY 51137, TRAVERTEX NOUGAT BEIGE 51138)
Also see our COMPLETE COLOR SERIES for both vinyl-asbestos and asphalt Standard tile patterns for 1973 just below.)
Floor tiles in the Classic Travertine pattern shown above correspond in order to the patterns named below where we also include links to additional colors for each style or pattern.
Also see two embossed versions of the Travertine floor tile identification pattern
FEATURE SOLID COLOR FLOOR TILES & ACCENT STRIPS 12" x 12" x 1/8" solid color floor tiles and 1" x 24" solid color vinyl-asbestos flooring accent strips in the colors shown just below. These tiles were intended for accent spots, not for tiling an entire floor, because the solid color flooring would show scratches.
CRAFTLON / ADELPHI II flor tile pattern, (shown above) 12" x 12" x 3/32" vinyl asbestos floor tile images - 1973 in these colors: CRAFTLON ADELPHI II OLIVE 54430, AALST 54431, BEIGE 54432 shown as the first tile pattern in the group above, BAAL 54433, CRAFTLON ADELPHI GOLD 54434
Craftlon RANCHO GRANDE (shown above) 12" x 12" x 3/32" vinyl asbestos floor tile images - 1973 (RANCHO GRANDE WHITE 54490, GOLD 54491, RANCHO GRANDE GREEN 54492, TERRA COTTA 54493, & RANCHO GRANDE BEIGE 54494 shown above)
EMBOSSED CRAFTLON STONEFIELD (shown above) 12" x 12" x 3/32" (EMBOSSED CRAFTLON STONEFIELD SLATE 54770, OLIVE 54771, WHITE 54472 shown above, RED 54773) [Compare with Shattered Stone pattern below & with Metric Chip 1968]
EMBOSSED CRAFTLON BRISTOL SLATE Armstrong floor tiles that contained asbestos (shown above) were sold as 12" x 12" x 3/32" (EMBOSSED CRAFTLON GOLD 54560 shown above, TERRA COTTA 54561, OLIVE 54562, SLATE 45463) embossed floor tile surface, no pattern but surface texture looks like slate.
EMOSSED CRAFTLON DEVONPORT (shown above) square asbestos-containing floor tiles from Armstrong sold as 12" x 12" x 3/32" (BROWN 534461, EMBOSSED CRAFTLON DEVONPORT GOLD 54462 above, WHITE 54463, RED 54464)
Above: EXCELON CUSTOM BISQUE floor tiles white
Custom EXCELON CUSTOM BISQUE 12" x 12" x 1/16" (WHITE 57090 above, EXCELON CUSTOM BISQUE RUST 57091, BEIGE 57092, EXCELON CUSTOM BISQUE BROWN 57093, BRONZE 57094, EXCELON CUSTOM BISQUE OLIVE 57095) Compare this new smaller scale pattern with the larger-scale version produced ony in 1972 (above).
Below are reader-supplied photographs of Armstrong's Custom Bisque vinyl asbestos floor tile (second from right in our thumbnails above). At below left the floor is in good condition in a 1983 home while at below-right the flooring is in very poor condition in a 1970's building. [Click to enlarge any image]
The Armstrong vinyl asbestos floor tile patterns listed below correspond with the thumbnails shown above , from left to right, with links to additional colors for each style
Above brick pattern floor tile Custom Glenmore Brick and below, Custom Forge Brick.
CRAFTLON ROMFORD BRICK 9" x 9" x 3/32" viny asbestos floor tiles (CRAFTLON ROMFORD BRICK WHITE 57020, CRAFTLON ROMFORD BRICK RED 57021, shown below)
More red brick pattern sheet flooring ID photos similar to the Romford Brick are at SHEET FLOORING BRICK PATTERN ID as well more examples including asbestos test results in that article and also at RESILIENT SHEET FLOORING ID GUIDE.
CUSTOM SAN PEDRO pattern flooring (shown above) 12" x 12" x 1/16" (CUSTOM SAN PEDRO BLUE WHITE 57070 above, OLIVE 57071, CUSTOM SAN PEDRO GOLD 57072, ORANGE 57073, GOLD WHITE 57074, CUSTOM SAN PEDRO RED 57075)
CUSTOM DIANNA WHITE OLYMPUS pattern flooring (shown above) 12" x 12" x 1/16" Smooth Surface 51200
CUSTOM DIANNA WHITE CALIGULA pattern floor tiles shown above) 12" x 12" x 1/16" Embossed 51202
Custom CUSTOM DIANNA WHITE TRAJAN pattern flooring (shown above) 12" x 12" x 1/16" 51203
EXCELON POLISHED MARBLE, embossed (shown above) floor tiles resembles Custom Dianna White Trajan shown just previously, also sold sized as 12" x 12" x 1/16" floor tiles in three colors: (EXCELON POLISHED MARBLE STATUARY WHITE 54190, PERUVIAN BEIGE 54192 shown above and also as
EXCELON CHANDELLE EMBOSSED pattern floor tiles (shown above) 12" x 12" x 1/16"in six colors: EXCELON CHANDELLE EMBOSSED BLUE-OLIVE 54520 3rd from left above, OLIVE 54521 [compare with the lighter version from 1974, below], WHITE5 4522, GOLD 54523, EXCELON CHANDELLE EMBOSSED PINK ORANGE 54524, MULTI WHITE5 4525
The vinyl asbestos floor tiles below are smooth-surfaced, not embossed:
SMOOTH SURFACE TIDESTONE (shown above) pattern vinyl asbestos flooring sized 12" x 12" x 1/16" (SMOOTH SURFACE TIDESTONE GREEN 51756 above, DAYTONA TAUPE 51760, ACAPULCO WHITE 51762, MALIBU BEIGE 51764) also see 1974 photos of this flooring in the next article in this series.
The Armstrong standard floor tiles shown in the two photographs above are the Armstrong Standard 9"x9" vinyl asbestos tile popular over many years with versions sold as early as 1955.
Above left are Osage Green and Seneca White tiles.
Below are color guides to all of the colors of these floor tiles that were produced in 1973. Many of these colors and some others were also produced before and after that year.
These standard tile patterns from Armstrong were sold in 12" x 12" x 1/8" gauge - contrast them with the standard 9" x9" Asphalt floor tiles shown in the next group.
Standard Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tiles 12" x 12" x 1/8" were produced in 7 colors:
OSAGE GREEN 56780 Armstrong standard 12x12" vinyl asbestos floor tiles (1973) above
BAYBERRY BEIGE 56721 standard 12x12" vinyl asbestos floor tiles (1973) from Armstrong above
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WHITE BAYBERRY 56710 standard 12x12" vinyl asbestos floor tiles (1973) above
SENECA WHITE 56760 Armstrong standard 12x12" vinyl asbestos floor tiles (1973) above
IROQUOIS TAN 56783 standard 12x12" vinyl asbestos floor tiles (1973) above
FAWN WHITE 56759 above, from Armstrong
APACHE RED 58777 shown below
SMOOTH SURFACE STANDARD asphalt floor tiles (shown above), (these are asphalt based, not vinyl-asbestos floor tiles) intended for areas of alkaline moisture (basement concrete slab floors), 9" x 9" x 1/8" gauge were produced in colors and patterns similar to the vinyl asbestos tiles shown just above but in fewer colors:
FOAM GREEN 5C902 first shown above, asphalt asbestos floor tile in 9x9" size
PECAN BEIGE tile patern No. 5C913, 9x9" Armstrong asphalt asbestos floor tile
CEDAR 5C918 tile pattern and color, shown rather dark, this 1973 9x9" floor tile from Armstrong
PALIMINO BEIGE 5C926, 9x9" Asphalt asbestos flooring
CORKSTYLE (New in 1973, 9x9" Light Corkstyle from Armstrong
EMBOSSED PARQUET pattern asphalt tile (shown above), 9x 9 x 3/32 (AUTUMN GOLD) - Asphalt Tile, not vinyl asbestos but see our warnings at page top: some asphalt-based floor tiles that were not vinyl-asbestos also contained asbestos.
Asphalt asbestos and vinyl-asbestos floor tiles 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. Some sheet flooring or resilient flooring also contained asbestos, as did floor tile mastics.
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.
If you do not know the brand name of your flooring you can take a quick look at example photos of the product line of each manufacturer given at MORE READING below.
Continue reading at 1974-1979 ARMSTRONG FLOOR TILE GUIDE, COMPETE or select a topic from closely-related articles below, or see our complete INDEX to RELATED ARTICLES below.
Or see FLOOR TILE / SHEET FLOORING PHOTO GUIDES - list of photo guides
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Am looking for information on Armstrong diecut inserts from around 1952. Also are there any recommended ways to seal these floors so you can enjoy the look but without any asbestos concerns? Thanks, Sarah - Sarah 6/23/11
Our photos show examples of some of the diecut flooring inserts from the 1950's; I'm not sure what other information you seek.
About sealing vinyl-asbestos tile floors, especially in residential use where school or public regulations and public access worries don't apply, I've had great success using clear-coating floor restorer products.
As you can see at ASBESTOS FLOORING LEFT IN PLACE, we just did this recently in a New York home. The floor was washed with mild detergent and water. Then we used a spray cleaner recommended by the floor resetorer manufacturer. The spray cleaner removes old wax residues. Next we used a magic marker to color in some gouges that had marred the floor surface. Finally we coated the flooring with the floor restorer product. The floor looked new, and great.
In sum, if you maintain a hard clear coating on top of the floor surface you won't be releasing any measurable level of asbestos fibers by normal foot traffic.
Also see ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD REDUCTION for more ways to reduce the asbestos hazard in asbestos-suspect or presumed asbestos-containing flooring.
Do you have info about whether the following 2 tiles contain asbestos?
1. Box says Color Tile vinyl floor tile 12x12 code 422 80 made by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Plant C Akron, Oh. and sold by color tile supermart with a Vancouver, Wa address.
2. Box says Amtico Suravinyl Tile 12x12 1/16 ga 7LDF18 AH084 1 AL1102 and also says Zip Stik self adhering duravinyl tile; made by American Biltrite INc. Trenton, NJ.
Do I need to send photos to make ID possible? Any help is appreciated. - Nan Duncan 8/28/11
My previous email had a typo-- 2. should read Amtico Duravinyl.
American Biltrite in Trenton produced asbestos-containing floor tiles; if your American Biltrite flooring was installed before 1980 it's likely that it contains asbestos.
Goodyear also produced asbestos-containing floor tiles. I'd make the same suggestion: if your Goodyear flooring was installed before 1980 it's likely that it contains asbestos.
Found what I believe to be asbestos tiles under carpet in all 4 bedrooms of a house my daughter purchased. The house is 100 + age so this indicates these tiles would be asbestos. Some are damaged through age and also have been stapled to hold the underpad of carpeting and also the carpet tack around the edges. What is the hazard of the staples and tack? Should we be concerned about fiber leakage thru these holes and various damage in the rooms. Thank you - Leaha 9/7/11
Shile one cannot assert the age of a flooring material necessarily from the age of a house (as flooring can be installed long after original construction) it's reasonable to use caution about old-looking flooring in a 100 year old home before knowing much more.
But it's unlikely that there would be measurable asbestos particle movement up through wall to wall carpeting over floor tiles; the hazards would more likely arise during demolition.
See ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD REDUCTION (article link at the "More Reading" links at the bottom of this article ) for advice about minimizing the hazards should you need to remove material.
If nevertheless you are worried about the health and safety of building occupants, you'd want a professional inspection for all conditions there; a loose railing or step or a fire hazard could be a greater risk that should not go ignored. Finally, you could order asbestos tests on settled house dust or even air sampling if you are very anxious about the matter; frankly those steps would not be my first concern.
do you know if the SEARS brand HOMART 64-7169 asphalt floor tile contained asbestos? - Paul Wright 9/22/11
Have you heard of Dura Floor Plastic Asphalt Tiles? Do they contain asbestos? - Jo Lynn Judka 10/24/11
I have 12" x 12" tile in the basement just like the pattern San Roque Gold 57161 from 1980.
However, this tile is not 1/8 thick but 1/16 and it was peel & stick. Would this contain asbestos? - David 11/27/11
Is there a way I can forward someone a photo of a school floor to determine if it contains asbestos? I am unable to get back into the building It is closed, but the school dept wants to open it again and is saying that there isn't a problem. I looked through the tiles on your site, but oculdn't find an exact match. The school was built in 1950-1960, but we have no evidence that the tiles have been replaced. Can you help? -
we have an armstrong floor tile (black color) with the following numbers on the back L4 1230 021898. We don't know the year it was installed. Does it contain asbestos? Is there a way to cross reference these numbers? - Dan 5/1/12
We have the San Roque pattern sheet vinyl. Did Armstrong use the same patterns at a later date for their sheet vinyl but without asbestos? We have already started to remove it and I am concerned. - Sue 10/24/2012
We have vinyl sheet flooring that was put in about mid 1984. Is this anything to worry about? When exactly was asbestos banned in the manufacture of sheet flooring? - Peter 11/6/2012
David, naturally by email alone no one can say with certainty whether or not a floor tile contains asbestos, but if your flooring matches one of the ACM floor tiles we illustrate here, AND if you are confident about the age (as you suggest) most likely it is an asbestos-containing product. And yes, for sure there were some peel-and-stick floor tiles that contained asbestos in the tile baking.
That does not necessarily mean that you need a costly asbestos remediation job - it depends on the condition of the surface, use made of the area, etc. If the floor is sound you may have the option of simply covering it with a new material.
JoLynn, sorry we don't have information about DuraFloor plastic asphalt tiles. Do you know the age of the product? You're welcome to send us photos (see the CONTACT link at top, side, bottom of our pages), and I'll research further. Certainly up to the early 1980's many asphalt floor tile products contained asbestos.
Dan, while we have published product and lot numbers for some floor tile products, there are just too many of them, thousands. Unlike mechanical equipment like water heaters or furnaces, I have not found a standard of correlation between product numbers and date of manufacture, though it probably was included in widely varying ways by individual manufacturers.
You can narrow down the asbestos question by:
- noting the age of the building itself as that sets the earliest plausible date for its floor materials +/- a year or so to allow for flooring sold from stock
- noting the date of any renovations of the building
- noting whether or not there are multiple layers of flooring or other similar changes that give a renovation history
- noting information on any packaging used for the floor tiles - sometimes an extra box of floor tiles is left and stored in a building, intended to supply future repairs or changes to the floor
- comparing the appearance of your flooring to the photographs we provide in these tile identification articles
- sending a small sample of flooring to a certified asbestos testing lab
For a tile floor of unknown constituents, do not do something foolish such as grinding, sanding, power sawing, or a dusty messy demolition.
I think you mngh want to ask Armstrong, but in NY case, if you remove materials following the recommended procedures and avoid making a dusty ness you should be OK
How much asbestos did the Armstrong Excelon Standard 12"x12" tiles contain - Loretta D 12/21/11
How much asbestos did the Armstrong Excelon vinyl asbestos floor tiles contain (12"x12", 1972/1973)? - Loretta 12/22/11
Hi! Would you expect the armstrong corlon resilent flooring with the hydrocord backing from the mid 1960s to contain significant amounts of asbestos? I am trying to find some information on it as I think that may be what is in our home...the only info I can find is that the backing probably did contain an asbestos and latex composite...I am wondering how likely the composite material would become easily friable if we attempted to remove it... - Kate 2/16/12
Loretta, lacking hard science facts I have to give an OPINION that the material is high in asbestos content because in addition to asbestos fibers that gave strength to the tiles, many such floor tiles included a high level of asbestos filler - very ultrafine particles. We'd need to have a sample for specific testing to obtain an content level measurement.
Hi there, being naive and not aware that floor tiles may contain asbestos - I began removing some older tiles from under the carpet in my kids room. After seeing a warning on a Home Depot website - we stopped the removal. Is there any way of testing or visually confirming the possibility of it containing asbestos? I was working in the area for approximately 2 hours without any breathing apartus, etc. What are my options at this point? My wife is freaking out. Thanks - Sean M 1/22/12
Sure: you can send a sample of flooring to a certified asbestos test lab.
It might be a bit early to freak out; if yhou haven't made a dusty mess or ground or sawn old flooring the dust level should be rather low; most flooring products are not very friable.
If you have made a dusty mess, some proper cleanup (damp wiping, HEPA vacuuming) is probably in order, followed by a simple screening check.
I think I've looked through all the photos here and fortunately, the only one that appears to resemble what I have is in the "1989 & Later Armstrong Accoflex Series Flooring Tiles" image just above this comment box. UNfortuneately, it is very difficult to be sure from this small image and i am sure what I have is NOT from the UK.
The tiles I have are 12" x 12", 1/8" thick light blue and white (like streaked clouds on a blue sky) resembling "Spruce" above. The tiles are VERY heavy, quite inflexible and have very tiny sparkling crystals throughout. These physical apsects make me very uneasy. Since the tiles are at least 25 years or more old, should I be concerned? Where might I go for an expert opinion? Thanks. - Scott 2/1/2012
We'd be glad to take a look at some sharp photos of the floor tiles that you are trying to identify to see if we can help;
Also, for just about any image found at InspectApedia, just click the image to see a larger, more detailed version.
I wanted to let you know that I have that exact same sheet layment and had it tested. It's 70% asbestos. Thought you may want to let readers know so they can save the cost of testing and just deal with the issue accordingly.
I appreciate your site. Thank you for taking the time to put together all the information. - D.H. 10/11/2012
Thank you so much D.H. for the floor covering test result confirming asbestos content in this material. We a welcome critique, questions, or content suggestions for our web articles, and as your feedback illustrates, working together and exchanging information makes us better informed than any individual can be working alone.
We recently partially demo'd a ceramic tile floor in the kitchen of a home built in 1970. We popped the ceramic tiles up with a pry bar and sledge hammer. Beneath the tiles was a linoleum floor covering. I've visually identified the flooring on your website. It is Armstrong, Excelon, Custon Burnham 1972, 57080 Blue.
How much asbestos does this contain? Also, we didn't bother peeling it all up because it was too difficult. We chipped up the remaining ceramic tile on top of it and just covered the remainder of the floor with plywood and fastened the plywood with split drive fasteners. We then nailed pine plank flooring over the plywood. Do we have any reason to worry about asbestos exposure??? My husband wore a dust mask. - Kelly McCullin 11/13/2012
I have ArmStrong sheet layment in my kicten.There was a layer of newer layment on top I did realize it was the orignal under it. The house was built in 1974. I removed about a there foot area before I realized it. If i was exsposed to it how much does it take to make you sick and what are the symptoms.I have to think I am not the only one who has done this. - David 11/28/2012
David, and also Kelly McKullin:
Unfortunately no one can say with any accuracy whatsoever just what level of hazard you were exposed to during your asbestos floor removal. The variables include:
If you have specific individual health questions those should be posed to your doctor who knows your personal health history
Presuming that your project is now long over, if you have reason to be concerned, you might want to do some strategic dust sampling to see whether or not the building needs further cleanup
Shown at left: Armstrong Excelon Vinyl Floor tile, contemporary, popular, sold in 70 colors at retail outlets including Home Depot stores, this modern resilient floor tile does not contain asbestos. [Click any image to see an enlarged, detailed version]
the picture sort of looks like an old floor in a house I just bought a few weeks ago.. THe house was built probably early 1970's or mid 1970's are you saying the excelon vinyl floor, EVEN OLDER ONES were NOT asbestos? it is all so hard to tell as the floor looks like so many on your site> thanks E.K. 8/22/13
No. Older floors contained asbestos. Modern floors post about 1986 do not
but I read Excelon vinyl 1977 on did NOT, it was the only exception? at any rate I am upset my home inspector said it was not asbestos because it was 12 ft not 9 ft and obviously he did not know what he was talking about
I am not sure if this was original or they put it in years later which would still make it look old but might have been put in , in the 80's for all I know. just no way to know. I will put a vinyl floor over it shortly but I am living on this floor, excercising on it etc. it is in tact but one piece is damagd and has crumbling in a small area, so it will get covered with new floor
12 feet ? What are we talking about here? Perhaps you meant 12-inch vs 9-inch tiles? Asbestos-containing floor tiles were made in both of those sizes.
About the 1977-on I'd like to review the citation to which you refer. Can you give it?
If I were considering a home built even as late as the early 1980's, would not assume that Excelon vinyl nor other brands of asphalt-floor tiles nor vinyl floor tiles nor sheet flooring were asbetsos free - it was simply too tempting and too easy for an installer to use existing stock of flooring that might have been made earlier and that contained asbestos.
In such cases it would be prudent to presume the flooring contains asbestos - which as I've written, does not normally require costly heroic efforts: avoid types of demolition that create dust such as grinding or sawing or mass breakage, and follow the wetting and HEPA vacuuming guildelines.
If one were facing a costly job then it would make sense to actually test the flooring. If one had a home already made dusty by someone doing demolition then it might make sense to test a dust sample as well.
In all events, I am surprised that your home inspector presumes that only 9x9" tiles contained asbestos. That is not the case.
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