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Kentile Flooring identification keys:

Here are common Kentile floor pattern keys gathered from Kentile catalogs & advertisements that help identify Kentile flooring. At page top: Kentile Carnival, a spatter type attern flooring from 1959, shown in blue, green, ahd white.

This article series describes how to identify asbestos-containing Kentile or KenFlex floor tiles: here we provide a photo guide to Kentile asphalt-asbestos flooring & Kentile vinyl asbestos floor tile identification photographs, a list of product names, styles, colors, and vinyl-asbestos floor patterns, and colors for asbestos-containing floor tile products - flooring materials that are reported to or have been confirmed to contain asbestos in asbestos fiber or asbestos powder-filler form



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Kentile Flooring Color & Pattern Example Keys from Catalogs & Advertisements

Kentile flooring advertisement Popular Science 1954

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As illustrated by the 1954 Kentile Floor Advertisement (Popular Science Magazine) Kentile floors were considered easy for a homeowner to install.

Unlike some earlier sheet flooring products, the coloring in the components of Kentile and Kenflex floor tiles "goes right through each tile" leading the manufacturer to guarantee its durability.

More examples of Kentile vinyl asbestos floor tiles are shown in the photos below.

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Below the links will show a photograph of the Kentile flooring being described.

Kentile cork pattern asphalt asbestos tile (C) InspectAPedia.com

Kentile ca 1963 (C) D Friedman

Kentile quincy slate vinyl flooring (C) InspectApedia GP

The reverse side of the Quincy Slate tiles from Kentile can be seen at KENTILE FLOOR PHOTOGRAPHS & MARKINGS

Some of Kentile's 26 colors/patterns included

Kentile colors/patterns below include: ©

Kentile Flooring Pattern & Color Keys

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Kentike flooring patterns 1950's Kentile asphalt asbestos floor tile patterns


Kentike flooring patterns 1950's Kentile asphalt asbestos floor tile patterns


Kentike flooring patterns 1950's

Below are Kentile Deluxe colors from the 1950's. You will notice that some of these 25 Kentile colors and tile patterns are difficult to distinguish from ARMSTRONG floor tiles of the same period.

Kentile asphalt asbestos floor tile patterns

Kentile Roma-Aire Floor Tiles

Below we illustrate Kentile's Roma-aire floor tiles in eight hues.

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Kentile Romaaire floor tiles in common color hues are shown above and below.

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and finally

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Additional installed or intact Kentile vinyl asbestos tile floor covering photos wanted - CONTACT US

Kentile VAT flooring from a 1941 home (C) InspectApedia & J.S.

The flooring above was reported by a reader to have been marked as a Kentile product.

Kentile Carnival Spot or Spattern Pattern Flooring

Kentile asphalt asbestos floor tile patterns

Below: Kentile Carnival flooring in a 1941 home.

Kentile Carnival pattern 1949 - InspectApedia.com (C) 2016

Below: Kentile Spatter on a Black Base Floor Tile Pattern Example in an asphalt-asbestos floor tile. The Kentile spatter pattern is similar to Kentile Carnival pattern floor tiles.

Kentile asphalt asbstos black base spatter pattern (C) InspectApedia

Kentile solid with speckled pattern, Black on White & White on Black: Desert Black & Desert Sands

Kentile Desert Black asbestos containing floor tile 1982 (C) InspectApedia.com MB Kentile Desert Black asbestos containing floor tile 1982 (C) InspectApedia.com MB

Above: 1980's era Kentile asbestos-containing flooring in patterns Desert Black & Desert Sands, Pattern No. 2001 - 1G087. Thanks to reader Anon. for these photos, 2016/08/17.

An asbestos test lab report confirming asbestos in these floor tiles installed in a 1982 home is discussed at KENTILE FLOOR PHOTOGRAPHS & MARKINGS.

Kentile Flooring Ads Also Help Identify Kentile Flooring

Kentile die cut theme tile illustration from a 1952 Catalog - InspectApedia.com

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These colors and patterns are from 1949 - 1952 and appeared in Kentile advertisements in Life magazine, Popular Science, in various newspapers and other publications.

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Vinyl asbestos floor tile identification Photos KenFlex Kentile

 

The Kentile die cut theme tiles advertised above and just below are discussed and illustrated further at KENTILE FLOOR PHOTOGRAPHS & MARKINGS.

Kentile ad from 1952 catalog helps provide a Kentile identification key - InspectApedia.com

Above: more Kentile accent tiles for special effects.

Kentile ad from 1952 catalog helps provide a Kentile identification key - InspectApedia.com

Above: Kentile floor colors advertised in 1952.

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Kentile ad from 1952 catalog helps provide a Kentile identification key - InspectApedia.com

Shown below: Kentile Desert Sands & Kentile Antique Coral floor tiles, pictured in an advertisement in Life Magazine, 5/11/1952 p. 130.

Kentile Desert Sand from Life Magazine Advertisement 1952 (C) InspectApedia.com

Shown below: Kentile Desert Sand & Kentile Bikini Blue in a Life Magazine Advertisement from 14 September 1953 p. 104.

Question: Kentile 12x12 Beaux Arts Series floor tiles

2016/06/01 from Anonymous by private email to editor

Can you tell me if the following was made with asbestos?

KENTILE VINYL COMPOSITION TILE Code: 2N302K White 514M Size 12" x 12"

They are new tiles. Several boxes of Black with the name BEAUX ARTS SERIES. Thanks for any help you can provide. The tiles (9 boxes, 45 tiles per box) have never been used as the project for the basement was changed. This was some time in the 80's. The info that I gave you was all that was written on the box. The tiles both black and white are solid white with no designed. I live in Northford, CT. House built in 1967, moved in 1968.

Reply:

It would be uncommon for a Kentile to not contain asbestos. Can you tell me age of home, location, a guess at floor age, and can you send me some sharp photos of the tile, and any markings on it and on the box if you have it? Keep in mind they're not friable - the hazard is minimal unless you grind chop saw or make an idiotic mess.

1980's Kentile Flooring Photographs ©

Reader Question: Criterion Solids Kentile Vinyl Composition Tile from 1986

Kentile Criterion Solid Color Flooring, 1986 (C) InspectApedia.com

I have a kitchen floor of 12 x 12 Kentile vinyl tiles (some of which are damaged and some of which we plan to take up). See attached.

The floor was laid in 1986. The tile is Kentile Vinyl composition tile, Criterion Solids.

Can you let me know whether this tile contains asbestos and if so, what I am supposed to do about it. - 2016/05/24 Anonymous by private email

Reply:

It would be prudent to treat the tile as presumed to contain asbestos. I've had only one report of a lab test that did not find asbestos in the late Kentile floor products, and that from a non-certified lab.

If you mean you're simply lifting up a loose tile for disposal or replacement, without creating a dusty mess, I doubt a lab test is needed.

But if the assumption of asbestos-content means you face a big expense, then it's worth having an actual lab test from a certified asbestos test lab. That should cost less than $50.

Here is how you find a certified asbestos testing lab: ASBESTOS TESTING LAB LIST

If you decide to do that, please do keep me posted.

Also see ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD REDUCTION for some options on leaving a floor in place (if you can),
or
see ASBESTOS FLOORING REMOVAL GUIDE if you really have to remove the flooring.

Keep in mind that the mastic adhesive may also contain asbestos. See MASTIC, CUTBACK ADHESIVE, FLASHING CEMENT ASBESTOS

Reader follow-up:

I have done nothing yet. I will assume the tiles contain asbestos based on your information. Eventually, I will have some taken up during a renovation, carefully, by lifting them up whole and using masks and water.

As I understand it, they are not a problem now (as a floor, with wax on them). The problem will arise when I need to remove some or all of them.

Correct me if I am wrong, please. 2016/06/19 - Anon.

Reply:

You're correct.

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Continue reading at KENTILE FLOOR PHOTOGRAPHS & MARKINGS or select a topic from closely-related articles below, or see our complete INDEX to RELATED ARTICLES below.

Or see KENTILE KENFLEX ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE GUIDE - home

Or see KENTILE FLOOR ID REQUESTS & FAQs

Or see ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD REDUCTION

For a detailed photo guide to individual vinyl-asbestos floor tile patterns, brands, sizes, and years of manufacture, see ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE IDENTIFICATION PHOTOS by YEAR.

Readers should see ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD REDUCTION

Also see FLOOR TILE HISTORY & INGREDIENTS for a discussion of the ingredients and production of asbestos-containing flooring.


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