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Color photo guide to asphalt asbestos and vinyl asbestos floor tiles, 1900 -1986 using dominant floor tile color to identify the probable asbestos-containing floor tile brand, pattern, and age.

Here is an asbestos floor tile identification key sorted by primary flooring color: beige, black, blue, brown, tan, wood tone, gray, green, red, white, yellow, etc.

This articleseries provides a guide to identifying asphalt-asbestos flooring (1917 - ca 1960) & vinyl asbestos floor tile (ca 1952 - 1986): 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.



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Asphalt or Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tiles Color Guide

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

Armstrong and other floor tile or sheet flooring manufacturers often offered several patterns with a particular dominant color that can help quickly identify the flooring brand and style. We include some examples here. Above is the color key to Armstrong 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. These tiles were intended for accent spots, not for tiling an entire floor, because the solid color flooring would show scratches.


Abestos-containing floor tile pattern number key

For Armstrong floor tiles, the three digit color or pattern numbers origniated in the 1950's or 1960's while the five-digit color or pattern numbers date typically from the 1970's or 1980's.

Avoid These Errors in Comparing Floor Tile Colours

Watch out: variations in lighting, use of flash, cleanliness, layers of wax or other coatings and even the colour of the lighting source can all affect the perceived colour of floor coverings. When looking through colour examples or pattern photographs for a match for your floor tile or sheet flooring keep this in mind. The photographs below of red and gray Armstrong vinyl-asbestos floor tiles show the same floor under two different lighting levels.

Red and gray vinyl asbestos floor tiles, Armstrong (C) Daniel Friedman Red and gray vinyl asbestos floor tiles, Armstrong (C) Daniel Friedman

Similarly, among some floor tile products, especially the earlier asphalt asbestos and some early vinyl asbestos flooring, flooring sold with the same pattern and hue name may vary by manufacturing batch. Later improvements in the manufacturing process made the production of flooring more consistent in appearance.

Below I give another example using dark brown Armstrong floor tiles in a popular pattern sold over many years. Camera focus also varies due to lighting or other trouble., affecting the appearance of floor tile pattern details. I think the floor below is probably Cayuga Brown #715 by Armstrong.

Brown armstrong vinyl asbestos floor tile (C) Daniel Friedman Brown armstrong vinyl asbestos floor tile (C) Daniel Friedman

All three of these photographs are of the very same flooring under different lighting conditions. In my third photo below you can also see the effects of dust and dirt on the floor.

Brown armstrong vinyl asbestos floor tile (C) Daniel Friedman

Examples of Beige, Brown, Tan, Taupe or Wood-Tone Armstrong asphalt asbestos floor tiles

Armstrong vinyl asbestos floor tile Palimino Beige C913 & C926 with original packaging & asbestos content specifications Asphalt or vinyl asbestos Armstrong floor tiles (C) Daniel Friedman Mabbettsville NY

Above, Armstrong Pecan Beige C913 floor tiles. Brown, tan or similar floor tile identification searches as well as many of the other color-based tile ID serarches are counfounded by patterns. For example just below is a "Saddle" brown pattern 57141. We include other tan or brownish colored tiles such as the cork family here as well.

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

Examples of Black Armstrong asphalt asbestos floor tiles

Red & black Armstrong vinyl asbestos floor tiles 1950's (C) InspectApedia.com Vinyl asbestos floor tile identification photo U.S. Library of Congress

The asphalt asbestos floor tiles above left are probably a combination of OSAGE GREEN 780 and either CHOCTAW GREEN 784 (nearly black) or more likely COMMANCHE BLACK 772.

Examples of Blue Floor Tiles Containing Asbestos

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

Examples of Gray Armstrong asphalt asbestos or vinul asbestos floor tiles

Gray or taupe asphalt asbestos flooring, First Presbyterian Church (C) Daniel Friedman New York Gray asbestos containing floor tile - Armstrong 1960's (C) Daniel Friedman

The asphalt asbestos flooring installed in the First Presbyterian Church, Hudson Valley NY might be classified as gray or taupe. At aove right the gray floor tile shown is an Armstrong flooring product from the 1960's.

Examples of Green Armstrong asphalt asbestos floor tiles

Armstrong asphalt asbestos floor tile Osage Green (C) InspectApedia.com

Above - probably Armstrong asphalt asbestos floor tile in pattern and color OSAGE GREEN

Armstrong green-colored floor tiles included

Examples of Red or Pink Armstrong asphalt asbestos floor tiles

Armstrong vinyl asbestos floor tiles 1955 (catalog photo) Red asphalt asbestos floor tiles, Armstrong (C) Daniel Friedfman Mabbettsville NY

At above left is a red Armstrong floor tile photo from a magazine advertisement. At above right is a dark red Armstrong asphalt asbestos floor tile photographed by the author in a home in Mabbettsville, New York.

Red and pink floor tile patterns produced by Armstrong included the following:

Red Armstrong floor tile containing asbestos (C) Daniel Friedman Vinyl asbestos floor tile identification photo U.S. Library of Congress

 

Examples of White or Light Colored Armstrong Asbestos-Containing Floor Tiles

Vinyl asbestos flooring Poughkeepsie NY (C) Daniel Friedman Vinyl asbestos floor tile identification photo U.S. Library of Congress

Concerto white Armstrong Excelon floor tile photo (C) InspectApedia.com

Presumed asbestos containing floor tile (C) InspectApedia

Examples of Yellow or Gold Floor Tiles Containing Asbestos

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