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Q&A on how to identify asbestos-containing floor tiles, set #3

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Q&A on identification of asbestos-containing floor tiles - set #3

These questions & answers help identify floor tiles that are likely to contain asbestos, by making a simple visual inspection, noting the probable age of the building and age of its materials, and similar clues.

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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Q & A on How to Identify Asbestos Floor Tiles - set #3

Asbestos suspect sheet flooring from Justin Morrill HomesteadThese questions and replies on how to recognize asbestos-containing flooring were posted originally at ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE IDENTIFICATION - topic home.

Also see ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE PHOTO ID REQUESTS for more photographs submitted for identification as asbestos-containing flooring - or not.

If your flooring is a continuous sheet product, see ASBESTOS SHEET FLOORING ID FAQs

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On 2017-08-12 by (mod) - installers said we paid for worthless asbestos test


It is not true that asbestos was found only in 9x9 flooring. It was used as well in both smaller and larger floor tiles as well as in some sheet flooring as well as in some tile mastic adhesives.

Requiring testing for asbestos before installing flooring can be a perfect example of the "Other People's Money" problem: a contractor spends your money to reduce their risk - with little regard for the actual risk, because the testing isn't costing them a dime. You are welcome to print this reply as well as this article OTHER PEOPLE's MONEY and to share it with whomever you think will be useful.

If your "new flooring" could have simply been installed atop the existing flooring, leaving the existing floor intact and in -place, that is

1. the lowest-risk or safest approach and the one recommended by experts including the US EPA (or at least the EPA before the current U.S. government administration and Scott Pruitt became its head and embarked on a course of dismantling the agency and removing its consumer protections, data, research and public information under the aegis of freeing up industry to be more profitable).

2. the least expensive approach

Only if

3 your existing floor is in poor condition, loose, broken, falling apart such that removal is functionally necessary before new flooring can be installed


4. your existing floor has to be removed by demolition or face other steps that are likely to create a dusty mess

would it be important to test the floor for asbestos content.

In sum, if the test result would not change how the new floor installation needs to proceed, it would not be appropriate.

On 2017-08-12 by Mitch

We had a new flooring estimate and the guy said we need to have testing for asbestos done or they wouldn't do the installation. When the installers got here they told us we paid for nothing because our tiles are 12 by 12 and asbestos usually is in 9 by 9 tiles. Did we pay for nothing?

On 2017-07-19 by Susan

Thank you. I have ordered a test kit and will give it a try.

On 2017-07-18 by (mod) - worried that flooring that was removed contained asbestos

I would find one or two representative samples of settled dust to have tested for asbestos. That will suggest whether or not further cleaning is needed or not.

You can use the search box above to find


On 2017-07-18 by Susan

We recently purchased a home built in 1976. We had new hardwood floors installed. During the installation they found multiple layers of old flooring that had been installed over the subfloor.

The installers removed the old flooring with saws and power tools. The top layer was a newer floating laminate floor, under that was what appears to be vinyl tiles from perhaps the 1980s? Will send photos. Under that was backer board tha the tile was adhered to. It did not occur to me at the time that any of this could have contained asbestos, but now that the work was done I am worried.

What would be the best way to confirm whether or not the old floor contained asbestos and whether we now have an issue with asbestos in the home?

On 2017-06-30 by Rebecca Did Marley Econoflex tiles, Consort Vinyl Tiles and HD Acoustic tiles contain asbestos?

Did Marley Econoflex tiles, Consort Vinyl Tiles and HD Acoustic tiles contain asbestos? If so is there anywhere that I could obtain evidence regarding this ?

On 2017-06-22 by (mod) -A home built in the US in 1988 would be unlikely to use an asbestos based floor cover

A home built in the US in 1988 would be unlikely to use an asbestos based floor covering

On 2017-06-21 by Nick

I am installing a new floor for a friend and came across a double layer of vinyl sheet flooring. The first layer contains no backing, but the second has a paper/cardboard backing. I instantly think the worse. Should I? The home was built in 1988, in Northern VA. I am unsure of what I should do. Thank you in advance

On 2017-06-16 by Melissa

After reviewing the photos on your site, it appears as though the flooring in our basement (built in 1959) might be the Worcester Gray 749 from Armstrong. By chance, has anyone else submitted information, or do you have information on the asbestos percentage of that particular tile?

On 2017-05-08 01:02:50.569318 by (mod) -

I don't know, Larry. I don't recognize the number. If the tile dates from the period when asbestos-containing flooring was being made it'd make sense to treat the floor as presumed to contain asbestos.

On 2017-05-07 by Larry

There is Armstrong floor tile in an old house with the number 2102092498. Is this tile contain asbestos?

On 2017-03-29 by (mod) - how do they find out if the tile is asbestos

You can search for ASBESTOS TEST lab to find a certified lab near you

Typically a small sample, just a square inch or so, of flooring, tile, mastic, backer or whatever, is bagged and sent to the lab. Typically about $50. in the U.S.

[delete] (within the last minute) Anonymous said:
I have a friend working in a grocery store doing a reset project she says there are several layers of tile they are removing how do they find out if the tile is asbestos

If you search InspectApedia for ASBESTOS FLOOR REMOVAL GUIDE you'll see some general advice your friend might enjoy.

On 2017-03-29 by Anonymous

I have a friend working in a grocery store doing a reset project she says there are several layers of tile they are removing how do they find out if the tile is asbestos

On 2017-02-15 20:34:56.256120 by (mod) -

Certainly possible

On 2017-02-15 01:24:36.047312 by Ann

I have a sheet vinyl flooring from 1970s. Asbesos?

On 2017-02-04 13:43:15.016184 by Lara

I have taken up a carpet to find lino / vinyl (?) underneath with the brand name Lancastreum. It is probably from 1951 or a little later. I started ripping the flooring up before I realised there may be asbestos in it!, but I have now stopped work in that room and shut the door.
Can anyone please advise me if asbestos is likely, as an internet search has not showed anything, and if so what precautions should I take next?

On 2017-02-01 by (mod) - I had PERFECT breathing before renting this place


With an emphasis that nobody can inspect nor advise accurately about the health of your building from just an e-text, it's not likely that a few broken tile edges would cause, on their own, respiratory distress. More likely, if it's building related, I'd be looking for leaks, insects, rodents, dust levels, mite fecals, use of chemicals, cleaners, &c.

I would be reluctant to demand a specific fix before we know what the problem actually is - don't fire your ammunition towards alternative facts before you see the whites of their foggy eyes.

On 2017-02-01 by Barbara

Thank you! I clearly know now that the upstairs bedrooms have asbestos tiles.

However, there are several places where there are half tiles and pieces broken and quarter round missing around the edges.

I started researching this because I had PERFECT breathing before renting this place but now feel like a tumble weed is in my throat. I trust that because of those imperfections in the tiles, that warrants me contacting the Landlord to have a proper abatement and not just covered over with new flooring. Is that correct?

On 2017-01-24 by jim Croak Armstrong Stonetex 52132 lot # N313A asbestos

Have commercial Armstrong Stonetex 52132 lot # N313A Looking to find out if it has asbestos in it

On 2017-01-15 by (mod) -

You can search InspectApedia for any of the articles whose names I give in CAPS and you'll find a live link to them.

On 2017-01-15 14:11:18.128363 by (mod) - I can't find this floor on your web site.

Sorry Sandy, Comments Box code, for security reasons, doesn't let readers post images - I've asked them for that support. Meanwhile you can always send us a photo directly using email found the page top or bottom CONTACT link.

There are so many manufactures and floor tile patterns, types, sizes, and colors over many decades that just looking through catalogs organized by even color or pattern can daunting task.

One can narrow the question by a reasonable guess about the age of the flooring. At the very least, narrow this by the age of the building. We can narrow the guess further if we know when a building was renovated, or by observing the type of tile adhesive or mastic used.

With that data we can choose among our floor tile or sheet flooring photo ID guides that are organized by year beginning at the link I gave above.

In any event I agree that there are so many manufactures and floor tile patterns, types, sizes, and colors over many decades that just looking through catalogs organized by even color or pattern can daunting task. So you could skip straight to this advice:

ADVICE: For buildings with floor tiles or sheet flooring that can be assumed to have been installed in North America before 1986 it would be prudent to treat the flooring as "PACM" or "Presumed Asbestos Containing Material".

The presence of known or assumed asbestsos-containing flooring does not mean we should panic nor that we must undertake an expensive and dangerous asbestos removal project.

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.

Generally the safest approach is to leave such flooring alone and to cover it over with a coating or with another layer of flooring.

On any of our asbestos-related InspectApedia pages, at More Reading you will find a complete ARTICLE INDEX to ASBESTOS HAZARDS
See also therein

IF you are faced with a requirement for demolition and if you are uncertain about the flooring's asbestos content and cannot identify it through our guides, then you have a sample tested.

We would much appreciate hearing any comments, critique, suggestions, or further questions that you may have after you've taken a look at the articles I've cited.

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On 2017-01-14 by Sandy

I can't find this floor on your web site. Please direct me if you are familiar. Thanks

Sorry I couldn't figure out how to include a pic

On 2016-12-19 by Anonymous


Sure, glad to help. Just use the search box above to search for ASBESTOS TEST LABS - you'll find a list of certified asbestos test laboratories for your country (I'm guessing the U.S.) In the U.S. typically it's about $50. to have a sample tested. As your floor tiles are in poor condition you ought to be able to send a small piece to the lab without damaging anything. You'll have a written report of what the lab found.

Use our page top or bottom CONTACT link to send me a photo of the floor and a closer look at the tile pattern as well as the lab report when you have it and I may be able to comment further.

On 2016-12-19 by Dwayne

I live in apt built in 1940s concerned about tiles coming up almost positive there made of 90% aspetoes wanna make sure before confronting landlord


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