Jan 182015

Toxin-free flooring

Non-toxic flooring

Standard homes are often fitted with flooring that contain glues, dyes, stains, grouts, sealers, and finishes that contain toxic chemicals. These chemicals leach out or off-gas into the air-space and contaminate its quality, often at the expense of occupant health. The problem is made worse by air conditioning that requires windows and doors to remain closed at all times. Toxins are, therefore, trapped and accumulate inside a home and creating sick home syndrome.

Green homes overcome this problem with toxin-free flooring.

A top favorite toxin free flooring product is hardwood. It’s durable, easy to clean and always gets compliments. Hardwood flooring emits the least amount of formaldehyde or any other toxin. A popular choice is bamboo flooring because it is also a sustainable source.

Green home builders also take care not to use toxic adhesives in the installation process, but to instead secure the flooring with screws and nails. They also use factory sealed products instead of sealing the floors after installation and thereby introducing toxins into the home’s airspace.

Some laminated wood flooring is also used in green homes. However this less expensive option is only used if it’s formaldehyde emission level of is lower than 0.042 ppm. This recommendation by the Word Health Organization is shown on the product’s safety data sheet.

Another non-toxic favorite is ceramic tile. This product is chemical free and is also installed in green homes without the use of toxic adhesives or grouting. Ceramic tile is also easy to clean, durable, long lasting and beautiful.

Often confused with vinyl, which is a petroleum-based product that off-gasses CVOCs, linoleum does not emit anything into a home’s environment. It is perfectly safe, soft underfoot, kind to the earth because it can be recycled and comes in a wide range of beautiful designs and colors.

An additional favorite toxin free flooring for green homes is cork, provided  that it has not been laminated with toxic adhesives. It too is soft underfoot, very durable and forgiving to scuffs and high heel marks, and is also a sustainably harvested natural product.

For more information on this topic please read our blogs:

What affects indoor air quality?
Non toxic, eco friendly recycled carpet.
What makes a home green? Good indoor home air quality.
See of of our indoor air quality articles.

How is the indoor air quality in your home? If you would like to know, you can complete this survey to receive a free analysis and report.

All of the green homes that we have for sale include toxin-free flooring otions.

Thank you for visiting. Please check out the rest of our BLOG and contact us for more information about eco friendly flooring options. We look forward to making Green Home living, your reality.

Marius Smook – Lic. Real Estate Eco-Broker, LEED AP (Homes), Cert. Energy Rater.

 January 18, 2015

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