Books and Catalogs about Asbestos Use in Flooring Products

Asbestos flooring was a popular product for use in high traffic areas such as hospitals, stores and schools because it was durable and long lasting. However, exposure to asbestos fibers during cleaning, resurfacing, or removal is a real danger because asbestos can cause mesothelioma and other cancers.

Asbestos was used in vinyl and asphalt floor tiles during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. We have flooring catalogs from Armstrong Cork Company, Kentile Floors, Johns-Manville, Ruberoid, Mastic Tile Corporation of America, and Uvalde Rock Asphalt Company. These catalogs often describe the asbestos content, show the patterns that they sold, and sometimes even suggest uses or show installation photos.

Sound Control and Thermal Insulation of Buildings

Sound Control and Thermal Insulation of Buildings (1966)
Perforated Asbestos Cement Board Panels from Armstrong Cork Co, Elof Hansson Inc, Wood Conversion Co, Johns-Manville, Wood Conversion Co, and The Celotex Co.

J-M Industrial Flooring Documentation

J-M Industrial Flooring Documentation (1951)
Johns-Manville Hot Mastic Flooring. Construction details indicate the use of asbestos paper and felt.

Metal Lath Specifications

Metal Lath Specifications (1961)
Asbestos use for steel joist floor ceilings. Also vermiculite use for many metal lath applications.

Tate Infinite Access Floor Catalog

Tate Infinite Access Floor Catalog
Circa 1968. Armstrong Travertex Excelen Vinyl-Asbestos tiles featured. Access flooring for computer rooms and equipment rooms.

Infin-ac Flooring System Catalog

Infin-ac Flooring System Catalog
D. B. Framton & Company. Vinyl asbestos tile use.

Floating Floors Catalog

Floating Floors Catalog
Subsidiary of National Lead Company. Circa 1968. Vinyl asbestos tile was one of the options.

Armstrong Floors Catalog

Armstrong Floors Catalog (1964)
The asbestos containing flooring products described in this catalog are Asphalt Tile, Vinyl-Asbestos Tile, and Hydrocord.

Colors in Tile - Kentile Floors Catalog

Colors in Tile - Kentile Floors Catalog (1965)
Asphalt tile described as containing asbestos. Also Vinyl Asbestos Tile described as a very common flooring choice. Many patterns pictured.

Hillyard Floor Treatments Catalog

Hillyard Floor Treatments Catalog (1977)
Care instructions for old and new vinyl asbestos floor.

Armstrong Floors Catalog

Armstrong Floors Catalog (1977)
1970s vintage flooring catalog featuring Armstrong Excelon Vinyl-Asbestos Tile and Vinyl Corlon Sheet Flooring.

GAF Vinyl Floors Catalog

GAF Vinyl Floors Catalog (1977)
Vinyl asbestos floor tile described and patterns are pictured. Also Vinyl Asbestos Feature Strip.

Diamond PVC Resins Catalog

Diamond PVC Resins Catalog
Describes Resin FCR for vinyl-asbestos flooring.

Armstrong Cork Company's Castilian Vinyl Flooring Advertisement (in Magazine)

Armstrong Cork Company's Castilian Vinyl Flooring Advertisement (in Magazine) (1969)
Flooring with asbestos backing, that can be self-installed.

Johns-Manville Documentation: Terraflex Tile Flooring

Johns-Manville Documentation: Terraflex Tile Flooring (1950)
Terraflex was a plastic asbestos floor tile.

Ruberoid Flooring and Tile Catalog

Ruberoid Flooring and Tile Catalog
Circa 1968. Ruberoid Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tile for use in schools, hospitals, stores, commercial buildings, etc. Color choices and patterns.

Armstrong Flooring Catalog: Product Data for Builders

Armstrong Flooring Catalog: Product Data for Builders (1967)
Armstrong Cork Company. Asphalt tile contained asbestos, as did Weatheron Outdoor Flooring, Vinyl Corlon Flooring and Vinyl-Asbestos Tile.

Grace Construction Materials Catalog

Grace Construction Materials Catalog
Circa 1966. W. R. Grace & Co. Asbestos products include Asphaltic Composition Flooring, Mastic, and Semi-Mastic.

B. F. Goodrich Flooring Products Catalog

B. F. Goodrich Flooring Products Catalog (1960)
Koroseal Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tile and Fire-Retardant Koroseal Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tile. The latter is recommended for Navy and ship use.

Colors in Tile - Kentile Floors Catalog

Colors in Tile - Kentile Floors Catalog (1959)
Tile patterns and specifications for Kentile Vinyl Asbestos Tile.

Armstrong Cork Catalog: Floors, Wall Coverings, & Counter Tops

Armstrong Cork Catalog: Floors, Wall Coverings, & Counter Tops (1960)
Tile patterns and specifications for Armstrong Excelon Tile, a vinyl-asbestos tile.

Kentile Asphalt Tile Catalog & Kencork Floor Catalog

Kentile Asphalt Tile Catalog & Kencork Floor Catalog (1946)
No mention of asbestos in these catalogs.

Ruberoid Building Materials Catalog

Ruberoid Building Materials Catalog
A division of GAF. 1960s. Asphalt asbestos roof shingles, asbestos cement board, asbestos asphalt floor tile.

Oxychloride Cement Flooring Catalog

Oxychloride Cement Flooring Catalog
Circa 1947. Oxychloride floors contained asbestos filler.

General Kompolite Advertisement

General Kompolite Advertisement
Circa 1924. Kompolite floor and wainscot composed of magnesium asbestos.

Cheney & Company Advertisement for Troegerlith Flooring

Cheney & Company Advertisement for Troegerlith Flooring
Circa 1924. Troegerlith Flooring, a Magnesite Asbestos Composition.

Azrock Floor Products Catalog

Azrock Floor Products Catalog (1966)
Uvalde Rock Asphalt Company. Azrock Vinyl Asbestos Tile. Patterns and description.

Armstrong Data for Builders

Armstrong Data for Builders (1966)
Armstrong Cork Company. Asbestos flooring products: Vinyl-Asbestos Tile, Armstrong Asphalt Tile, and sheet vinyl corlon flooring.

Ruberoid Vinyl Asbestos and Asphalt Tile Catalog

Ruberoid Vinyl Asbestos and Asphalt Tile Catalog
Ruberoid Vinyl Asbestos Tile and asbestos felt backing for Luran Vinyl Flooring.

Colors in Tile - Kentile Floors Catalog

Colors in Tile - Kentile Floors Catalog (1966)
Asphalt tile fortified with asbestos and vinyl asbestos tile.

Thos. Moulding Floors from Plastics Catalog

Thos. Moulding Floors from Plastics Catalog
Asphalt tile and wall tile contained asbestos.

Tile-Tex Asphalt Tile Catalog

Tile-Tex Asphalt Tile Catalog
The Flintkote Company. 1940s. Asphalt tile and plastic wall tile both contained asbestos.

Ideas for Decorative Floors Brochure

Ideas for Decorative Floors Brochure
Johns-Manville Asphalt Tile Flooring contained asbestos. Color chart, patterns, and information about installation and cleaning.

Mastic Tile Brochure

Mastic Tile Brochure
MA-TI-CO Greaseproof Tile contained asbestos. It was used for restaurants, kitchens, and laboratories.

Mar-Flex Plastic Magnesia Flooring Brochure

Mar-Flex Plastic Magnesia Flooring Brochure
Donaldson Floors Inc. Mar-Flex Floors contained powdered asbestos.

Duraflex Asphalt Tile Brochure

Duraflex Asphalt Tile Brochure
Tile contained asbestos and was used in schools, hospitals, and more.

Floors: Selection and Maintenance

Floors: Selection and Maintenance (1968)
Section on Vinyl Asbestos tile.

Armstrong Engineered Installation System

Armstrong Engineered Installation System (1990)
Contains warnings about asbestos dust hazard. Instructions for how to safely remove resilient floor tile.

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