What kind of tile is this? I think it is vinyl tile but it doesn't look like the pictures I am finding online. Maybe it is plastic tile?

The house is from the 1950s but the bathroom was installed prior to 1990.

Should I be concerned about asbestos?

The tile is 1/8 inch thick and 12" by 12". It doesn't break with pulling it up. The adhesive is tacky and difficult to remove.

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  • That looks like ceramic with the glass like chips.
    – Ed Beal
    Commented Oct 8, 2016 at 15:53
  • It feels like plastic. It bends a little. Is that possible with a ceramic? Thanks Commented Oct 8, 2016 at 16:05
  • If it bends it is not ceramic tile. Without professional analysis you will not be able to ascertain whether it is/has asbestos. Call a professional abatement contractor or do it yourself (if legal in your locale) using all appropriate asbestos handling precautions, just in case. Commented Oct 8, 2016 at 21:27
  • There are asbostes test kits avabial way cheaper since this looks like cheramic or porcelain tiles and the timeline you suggest I would doubt it is asbestos you already have chipped some of it up. I have only seen porcelain and ceramic tiles since the 70's and the earlier asbestos tiles were nothing like this.!
    – Ed Beal
    Commented Oct 9, 2016 at 1:07

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I suppose I should update this with what I learned. I got a test done and the tiles did not contain asbestos but the mastic below the tiles did. The mastic was from a previously installed floor.

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