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Flooring – For flooring, linoleum is very poplar nowadays and it actually has a long history dating back to the 1890s. However, it was largely used in passages and hallways before making the jump to kitchens in the next century. By the mid-1900s, linoleum was more popular than all other types of flooring because it was considered affordable and water-resistant.

Around the same time period, people started using asphalt tile with the earlier products having a darker color thanks to the concentration of asphalt. Later, other materials were mixed in and the color wasn’t quite so dark. As trends and fashion became important, we started to look for patterns on our floors and this saw the introduction of vinyl asbestos tiles.

When assessing the building materials of a house, it can be tough to estimate the age of the building because houses change over time. As new owners take control or repairs are required, new materials replace the old many times over. If a building has an 18th century foundation, chances are the materials on top would have been changed over the years – especially in the event of a fire

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