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Armstrong Flooring & Tile Identification from 1989 & later: these floor coverings would not be expected to contain asbestos.

This article describes modern Armstrong flooring products and provides identificatin photos for flooring produced in 1989 and later.

These flooring products would not contain asbestos.

This article series provides a guide to identifying asphalt-asbestos flooring (1917 - ca 1960) & vinyl asbestos floor tile (ca 1952 - 1986) and includes photographs of floor coverings including vinyl floor tiles made after 1986 that would not be expected to contain asbestos.



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Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tiles Product History and Product Name List

Vinyl Floor Tile self-stick Armstrong 12-inch tile

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.

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.

Below we provide an extensive photo-dictionary of resilient flooring, floor tiles, and sheet flooring, with focus on older floor coverings that are known to contain asbestos. Also see the following articles on types, ages, characteristics, ingredients, & inspection of different types of floor coverings:

Modern Armstrong 12"x12" x 1/16" (1.5mm) Self-Adhesive "Stick-on" Floor Tiles

This Armstrong flooring tile is 12" x 12" x 1/16" or 1.5mm thick.

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Unlike the older vinyl-asbestos floor tiles whose photographs we provide below, this more recent flooring product is built from a thin vinyl layer containing the tile's design pattern and a fiber/paper backer (shown in our photo above) to which an adhesive was coated so that the tile could be installed without use of a mastic.

A typical pattern is the embossed design shown at left.

The floor tile thickness (about 1.5mm or 1/16") suggests that this product was produced after 1980 and probably does not contain asbestos.

Below at right we show a photo of the Armstrong© Stamp found on the under-side or "back" of 12 x 12 "stick-on" self-adhesive floor tiles produced by Armstrong.

Armstrong Excelon Vinyl Tile (C) Daniel Friedman Vinyl Floor Tile self-stick Armstrong 12-inch tile

Depending on the age of manufacture, some paper-backed flooring products used asbestos as a primary ingredient (see ASPHALT & VINYL FLOOR TILE HISTORY). Tests of our example floor sample (above) for asbestos confirmed that some early peel-and-stick floor tiles sold in the 1980's did contain asbestos.

Contemporary resilient flooring products do not contain asbestos however.

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].

A catalog of floor tile identification photographs for products that contained asbestos, 1952 - 1980, is provided below at ARMSTRONG VINYL-ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE PHOTO ID CATALOG - 1952 - 1986.

And at ARMSTRONG FLOORING HISTORY we provide a history of Armstrong flooring and links to company information.

CONTACT Us to send a photograph of your own floor tile pattern or for assistance in identification if you can't find your floor tile image, pattern, or design in this floor tile color and pattern library.

How to Sort Out Flooring Names: Armstrong, Congoleum-Nairn, Linoleum, Lincrusta

Armstrong sheet flooring (C) InspectAPedia.com

This photograph of sheet flooring was identified by a reader in a 1964 home. She found remnants in the bottom of a kitchen cabinet on which was imprinted "Armstrong".

While the reader referred to this as "Armstrong Congoleum sheet flooring", Armstrong and Congoleum are separate individual companies.

The sheet flooring shown at left is identified as an Armstrong resilient flooring product. As we detail at our FAQs section at the bottom of this page, another reader had a sample of this resilient flooring tested and confirmed a 70% asbestos content.

Dont' mix up product names. Armstrong is a separate company from Congoleum-Nairn.

Linoleum is a term invented in 1860 by Frederick Walton to describe sheet flooring.

Original linoleum products were made using linseed oil as an ingredient, often with a jute (burlap or fabric) backing.

Descendents of Linoleum include Anaglypta and Lincrusta (many writers spell it "Linocrusta or linacrusta", an embossed patterned covering used on walls and ceilings.

NOTE: Armstrong, although an enormous producer of flooring, was by no means the only manufacturer of floor covering products that contained asbestos as fibers or asbestos powder filler.

Below we provide photographs and descriptions from a variety of flooring manufacturers, followed by a detailed list of floor tile product names we've been able to collect.

You'll note that the Armstrong product list extends from 1954 to 1980. Other asbestos-containing flooring products from various manufacturers were produced between around 1920 to 1986.

Amitco International, another larger producer of floor tiles has operated from 1964 to the present. Amico flooring is discussed at AMITCO ASBESTOS FLOOR TILES.

Asbestos-Free Floor Tile Found in Older Homes

The vinyl floor tile shown below was installed beneath carpeting in a U.S. home built in 1974.

But that does not mean that the floor tiles were produced in or before 1974 nor can we assume that the floor contains asbestos.

The owner had this fllor tile tested and reports that the flooring test lab report indicated that this floor tile was asbestos free. You'll note that while this pattern is not an exact match, it somewhat resembles asbestsos-containing flooring described at both

Floor tile that does not contain asbestos (C) InspectAPedia GC

Identify Your Floor Tile or Sheet Flooring

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 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.

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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.

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Continue reading at CONGOLEUM-NAIRN FLOOR TILES & LINOLEUM 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

Or see ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE IDENTIFICATION COLOR KEY

Or see ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD LEVEL ASSESSMENT

Or see ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD REDUCTION

Or see ASBESTOS FLOORING REMOVAL GUIDE

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