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Photo guide to asphalt asbestos and vinyl asbestos floor tiles, 1980-1988

This page provides Armstrong floor tile dentification photographs, product names, styles, colors, and vinyl-asbestos floor patterns, and colors for asbestos-containing floor tile products made between 1980 and 1988.

Some of these flooring materials are reported to or have been confirmed to contain asbestos in asbestos fiber or asbestos powder-filler form.

This article series provides a guide to identifying asphalt-asbestos flooring (1917 - ca 1960) & vinyl asbestos floor tile (ca 1952 - 1986). These flooring products typically contain chrysotile asbestos, and possibly other asbestos forms.



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Armstrong Floor Tile Photo Identification Guide 1980 - 1988

How to Find Your Floor Tile or Sheet Flooring in this Flooring Reference Photo Guide

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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. 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.

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.

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.

1980 - Armstrong Excelon Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tiles, Patterns & Color Guide

For colors for which a link is not provided below, see the earlier occurrence of that tile color in a previous year.

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

ARMSTRONG EXCELON 1980 Armstrong 12x12,1/8" thick pattern shown above

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

BRADFORD BRICK pattern floor tiles, 12" x 12" x 1/8" thick shown above was sold in Red, White, Almond

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

CLASSIC TRAVERTINE EMBOSSED floor tiles sized 12" x 12" shown in Beige

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

CLASSIC TRAVERTINE SMOOTH Floor Tiles, sized 12" x 12" x 1/8" thick asbestos vinyl 1980 patterns

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

COUNTRY BRICK pattern floor tiles shown above

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

CUSTOM 12" x 12" "service gauge" Brown/Tan composite

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

DESERT SAGE Floor Tile pattern, 12" x 12" x 1/8" thick sold ONLY in the color shown, above

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

DEVONSLATE floor tile pattern, shown above

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

DIANA WHITE CALIGULA flooring shown above

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

EDEN WOOD pattern floor tiles, by Armstrong sized 12" x 12" x 1/8" thick in Colors: Walnut, Saddle, White colors

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

FEATURE SOLID COLOR Floor Tiles, 12" x 12" x 1/8" thick in Colors: ( solid colors - RED, GREEN)

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

IMPERIAL series floor tiles in 12" x 12" x 1/8" or 3/32" gauge vinyl asbestos flooring

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

IMPERIAL TEXTURE 12" x 12" - this "tweedy" design sold in 17 colors, shown Cottage Tan 51830 (above)

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

IMPERIAL MODERN 12" x 12" Colors: including Bayberry White 51866, shown above, also sold in Fleece white, Mellow sand, Char brown (almost black), medium Cork, Bayberry white. also sold in

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

IMPERIAL MODERN MEDIUM CORK shown above

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

LOS ALAMOS pattern floor tiles, 12" x 12" x 1/8" thick Colors: Green, Yellow, Multi-colors

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

OAK KNOLL Floor Tiles, 12" x 12" x 1/8" thick Colors: Saddle, Walnut, Almond shown above

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

PALATIAL Floor Tiles, 12" x 12" x 1/8" in these colors: Nice Gold (above), Alba beige, Cannes beige, Corsica olive

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

REGENCY SQUARE Floor Tiles, 12" x 12" x 1/8" thick, above left - Colors: Yellow & White

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

SALVADOR floor tile pattern shown above

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

SAN ROQUE Floor Tiles, 12" x 12" x 1/8" thick, Colors: Olive, Gold - shown aboe, also sold in Red, White colors

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

SLURRY SQUARE floor tile pattern above

Watch out: even if your 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.

1982 - Armstrong Self-Adhesive Floor Tiles

Do Peel and Stick Floor Tiles Contain Asbestos? No, not this one, according to Armstrong

Peel and stick flooring (C) Daniel Friedman

Armstrong Peel-and-Stick Floor vinyl floor tiles were introduced late in 1969, as we discussed at PEEL & 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.

Armstrong Flooring 1980 - 2010

Multiple layers of flooring in a townhouse built in 1980 (C) InspectApedia BN

Question: sorting out the asbestos content of multiple layers of vinyl tile or vinyl sheet flooring

I just bought a townhouse constructed in 1980 and I'm renovating the kitchen. In the process, I discovered that there are THREE layers of flooring. Top layer is circa 2010 (no problem there). Bottom layer a neighbour confirmed is identical to her floor, and definitely contains asbestos (she had hers tested).

The bottom layer is the olive and beige pattern. Now the middle layer is in question. I'm attaching photos.

My apologies for the poor quality of the pictures: the upper layer left glue and gunk behind that is difficult to remove from the second layer). Feel free to add the first pattern to your inventory of definitely contains asbestos pictures!

I'm hoping to remove as many layers as possible before laying the new flooring. Layer #1 is staying put, as I'm not planning on going through an expensive process of removing it. Ideally, I'd like to remove Layer #2.

Do you know if anyone has had this tested? I don't know the date of its installation, other than that it's sometime between 1980 and 2010.

I know to treat anything untested as though I presume it to contain asbestos, but if there's no concern, then I'll cheerfully remove it! - Anonymous by private email 2017/08/20

Multiple layers of flooring in a townhouse built in 1980 (C) InspectApedia BN

Reply:

Where I see that I don't have photos of flooring exactly the same as yours, similar images are at1974-1979 ARMSTRONG FLOOR TILE GUIDE, COMPETE

as I show just below.

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

Armstrong Craftlon and Armstrong Solarian flooring in the 70's has been confirmed as containing asbestos.

If your layer No. 2 was installed after say 1986 it would not be likely to contain asbestos (unless someone installed new old stock) - We just don't have a solid date on your floor.

So we're both stuck at this point with either assuming it's an asbestos product or testing it.

If you can peel up the flooring fairly easily, (some adhesives are water soluble) and without making a dusty mess, I'd proceed, using wetting and suggestions at ASBESTOS FLOORING REMOVAL GUIDE

If you can't get it up without making a lot of dust, then what do you think of snipping a small sample to have tested? The cost is typically around $40.

ASBESTOS TESTING LAB LIST shows how to find a certified asbestos test lab.

Armstrong Vernay Pattern Floor Tiles - late1980's

Armstrong Vernay Oak floor tiles (C) InspectApedia.comReader request for floor tiile Identification:

I need to replace some old ripped floor titles and simply do not know the name of the specific patter to order boxes of new ones.

I enclosed an image for identification. - W.B. 3/13/2014

Reply:

I have not seen this exact pattern either.

You could try sending a photo to Armstrong to ask if they have an exact replacement but I'm not optimistic that an exact match is going to show up, both because manufacturers shift production and because of color changes in installed flooring over time. Still it's worth a shot. If you wish I'll post the photos to see if other readers recognize the pattern name and can suggest a replacement source.

How to Contact Armstrong Flooring:

In most of our articles detailed citations including company contact information are in the References section at the article end. For Armstrong here are some excerpts

Follow-up:

There is a company in Floral Park that sells tiles and this house is in Jamaica NY, is this where I should be looking (checked this site for older Armstrong tiles) even contacted Dynamix and frankly I'm clueless in things like floor tiles.

Miracle of miracles I found it in Armstrong's archives of discontinued products most of which have no images anymore but had mine on an empty page: Discontinued: Vernay Series Englewood - Oak

Feel free to use the image in my image on your site if he helps id this pattern for anyone or is of some use.
Thanks again.

Note: A non-asbestos-containing peel-and-stick Vernay series floor tile from the 1980's is described at SELF-ADHESIVE PEEL & STICK ON ASBESTOS TILE IDENTIFICATION

American Bilrite Zip-Stik Asbestos-Containing Peel and Stick Flooring from the early 1980's

The American Bilrite Zip Stick 12x12 tiles previously found in this article are now discussed in more detail
at SELF-ADHESIVE PEEL & STICK ON ASBESTOS TILE IDENTIFICATION or select a topic from closely-related articles below, or see our complete INDEX to RELATED ARTICLES below.

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