Low VOC Flooring has become an absolute “must” for new builds and renovation projects alike.
You may have heard the term “VOC’s” used on your favorite home improvement television networks or by industry professionals (such as interior designers or contractors), but do you know what that term means and how it relates to your family’s safety?
What is a Volatile Organic Compound?
“VOC” is an acronym for Volatile Organic Compound, which is a far-reaching term used to describe a large number of chemicals that are released as gases by other hard or liquid substances. In recent years, researchers have found that many of the items that are found in our daily living environments are releasing these airborne toxins, which has resulted in a very lengthy (and scary) list of potential health concerns for people who are exposed.
What are Some Common Sources of Volatile Organic Compounds and How Do I Know if I’m Being Exposed?
Unfortunately, the vast majority of the household products used today contain some amount of organic chemicals. Oftentimes, you can identify these harmful toxins simply by smell. A few examples of indoor sources of VOC’s may include:
- Paints, stains, varnishes, etc.
- Household cleaning products
- Pesticides and Herbicides
- Inks and adhesives
- Textiles, such as area rugs, new furniture,
Those are simply to name a few. Both indoors and outdoors, our exposure to these harmful chemicals is at an all-time high, and people everywhere have started to feel the effects. Common symptoms of exposure VOC’s include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty breathing (dyspnea), nose or throat discomfort
- Eye irritation
- Allergic skin reactions
- Headache and dizziness
Consumers should also be aware that a number of the organic compounds that are typically found indoors today have been identified as known carcinogen (cancer-causing agents). Always know what is contained in the products that are used in your home, especially the building products that will remain a part of your home for years to come.
Why are VOC’s Such a Huge Concern When Choosing a Flooring Material?
It’s an unfortunate truth that certain types of flooring materials will require a higher level of organic chemicals, which are added during the manufacturing process and used for the purpose of preserving the product that you are buying. This is especially true of vinyl, laminate, and synthetic carpets.
Also, while hardwood floors may seem like a healthier alternative, it’s important that you consider the source and the entire manufacturing process (from start to finish). Remember that all types of finish (such as the varnish that gives traditional wood floors that beautiful sheen) contain some amount of harmful chemicals. It’s not something that you or your family want to be inhaling on a daily basis.
Bildermann’s Flooring is a Safe and Practical Choice.
You should always keep in mind that not all bamboo or eucalyptus is created equally, and it’s true that some of the lower-quality options do contain high levels of formaldehyde. However, when you buy your flooring from Bildermann’s, you can be sure that you are making an investment not only in your home’s beauty, but also in your family’s safety. All of our products have undergone rigorous testing, and they have been found to meet the CARB Phase 2 standard.
We are proud to offer Low VOC Flooring options, with safe and reliable shipping nationwide.
Bildermann’s is committed to the safety of you and your family, and we will never sell products that pose a potential health risk. Contact us to learn more about our testing protocols or to review test results prior to purchase.