Laminate flooring is a great choice for people who want the look of more expensive stone or hardwood floors at a fraction of the price. 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. Continue reading at 1960-1969 ARMSTRONG EXCELON FLOOR TILE GUIDE or select a topic from the More Reading links or topic ARTICLE INDEX shown below. Our photos show examples of some of the diecut flooring inserts from the 1950’s; I’m not sure what other information you seek. As you can see at ASBESTOS FLOORING LEFT IN PLACE , we just did this recently in a New York home.
About sealing vinyl-asbestos tile floors, especially in residential use where school or public regulations and public access worries don’t apply, I’ve had great success using clear-coating floor restorer products. Also see ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD REDUCTION for more ways to reduce the asbestos hazard in asbestos-suspect or presumed asbestos-containing flooring. American Biltrite in Trenton produced asbestos-containing floor tiles; if your American Biltrite flooring was installed before 1980 it’s likely that it contains asbestos. I’d make the same suggestion: if your Goodyear flooring was installed before 1980 it’s likely that it contains asbestos.
Shile one cannot assert the age of a flooring material necessarily from the age of a house (as flooring can be installed long after original construction) it’s reasonable to use caution about old-looking flooring in a 100 year old home before knowing much more. Anything is possible Karen, but installing 20 year old flooring stock in a 1996 home would be quit unusual.
David, naturally by email alone no one can say with certainty whether or not a floor tile contains asbestos, but if your flooring matches one of the ACM floor tiles we illustrate here, AND if you are confident about the age (as you suggest) most likely it is an asbestos-containing product. The text about the photo clarifies that the person who sent the photo was confused about Armstrong and Congoleum.
Anon, current Armstrong® flooring products do not contain asbestos and have not since the early 1980’s or earlier depending on the product. From the house age the material you describe could be non-asbestos (linoleum) or it could be asbestos-containing sheet flooring. Use our CONTACT link to send us some sharp photos of both sides of the flooring and we can comment further. The flooring is only laying on the subfloor (no adhesive) It can easily be lifted but tears easily. In the article links at page left see ASBESTOS FLOORING HAZARD REDUCTION for advice on approaches to keeping antique floor tile while minimizing the asbestos hazard.