Do you think this is asbestos?

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Do you think this is asbestos?

Post by npautler » Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:13 pm

Hello,

Removed old flooring (test results are pending). Just curious if anyone can identify if this is asbestos? I think this is an Armstrong “spatter” sheet flooring from the late 1950’s. Just looking for some thoughts. We setup a negative air room and we’re very careful in its removal. Treated it assuming it’s asbestos. Will update once the test results come back and say for certain.
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Re: Do you think this is asbestos?

Post by npautler » Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:14 pm

I did not see any imprint or marking saying it was Armstrong. But just have been researching this pattern and found similar looking products from them during that time frame.

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Re: Do you think this is asbestos?

Post by A. Spruce » Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:28 pm

Got pix?
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Re: Do you think this is asbestos?

Post by npautler » Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:56 pm

Not sure if The two photos I attached in my original post failed to upload, but here they are again. One photo is a top-down view of what the sheet flooring looks like. The other shows the backing, appears to be felt like backing.

This was under another layer of 1/4 underlayment and more modern looking vinyl sheet flooring (shown in one of the photos)
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Re: Do you think this is asbestos?

Post by A. Spruce » Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:32 pm

At the time of my "got pix" post, the images had not appeared. They are now there, as well as the extra images in you second post.

I'm not seeing anything indicative of asbestos in these images. In fact, the layer under the existing top layer is more likely to have it than the top layer (age and when asbestos was outlawed for use, 1978 in the states, a year or so later in Canada). Regardless, what I see is not indicative of asbestos.

Materials that contain asbestos usually are black and tar-like, a substance called "cutback", which is both a glue layer and a component within the sheetgood of the day. If you come upon layers that look like or act like tar, then you need to be a bit more careful in how you handle them. If you are concerned, have the material tested before you disturb it.
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Re: Do you think this is asbestos?

Post by christoff » Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:34 am

I'm guessing yes if it is from that far back!

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