Armstrong Commercial Flooring offers high grade commercial floor covering products that are made to last a long time. Armstrong produced asphalt-based floor tiles, possibly including asbestos in their formulation, before 1952 and in later years as we indicate with examples and photographs in the detailed photo guide that is found below. On occasion, the original flooring packaging or installation literature may be available for a given home: often an extra box of floor tiles was kept for future repairs. Library of vinyl asbestos floor tile and flooring strip images from 1954 – 1980, Armstrong and others.
For more information about these older flooring types, see Asphalt & Vinyl Floor Tile History – history, dates, and description of the production process and ingredients in asphalt floor tiles, asphalt-asbestos floor tiles, & vinyl-asbestos floor tiles 1900 to present. Indeed some peel-and-stick flooring contained asbestos but not material produced in 1998.
Historical information about the dates of flooring installation may also be sufficient to rule in or out the possibility that flooring in a building contains asbestos. Just scroll through this vinyl asbestos floor tile photo guide to find the first occurrence of each floor tile style, pattern, name, dimensions, and colors. According to Armstrong vinyl-asbestos floor tiles such as those shown here were produced by the company from 1951 through 1973.
Watch out: Because flooring products may have been produced in years earlier than the year of installation, don’t assume that a floor installed in a building built shortly after 1980 could not possibly contain vinyl-asbestos product. Our photo at left, courtesy of reader L.N. illustrates the original packaging usef for Armstrong asphalt floor tiles – Armstrong Asphalt Floor Tile, produced by Armstrong’s Cork division.
Armstrong has indicated that that these tiles almost certainly contained asbestos but they said that as long as the tiles are not ground or sanded there should not be a detectable asbestos hazard in residential use. See ASBESTOS REMOVAL, Wetting Guidelines if your asbestos-suspect or presumed-asbestos-containing flooring is in very poor condition or has to be removed. Vinyl asbestos floor tiles (VAT) refers to resilient flooring whose basic binding material was a vinyl plastic, replacing asphalt as the primary ingredient.