Healthy Indoor Spaces from the Floor Up
There’s no need to sacrifice style when you’re going green. The Flooring industry is always evolving to meet higher standards and new eco-healthy options are getting more stylish!
The Environmental Protection Agency has stated that indoor air pollution poses serious risks, it’s one of the top 5 environmental dangers! Some people spend as much as 90% of their time in their homes, making exposure to indoor air pollution more serious than outdoor air pollution.
The major things you’ll want to avoid to maintain high-quality indoor air are finishes, binders and materials that allow allergens to accumulate. That means that Carpet is out and Hard Surfaces are your best bet.
The healthiest flooring for your Home is Tile. From unparalleled durability to zero-waste manufacturing, tile is the most eco-friendly flooring option available. It’s 100% hypoallergenic. Plus, it’s fired at such high temperatures that it produces ZERO VOC’s. Because it’s impervious, you won’t have to worry about bacteria or bugs.
Tile is followed closely by FSC-certified wood. If you’re looking for a Hardwood Floor, look at prefinished wood — When it’s finished in a Factory it prevents off-gassing from occurring in your home. If you do need to refinish it or add a topcoat, look for a low-VOC, water-based finish.
The Forest Stewardship Council certifies wood that comes from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. Look for the FSC Symbol if you’re shopping for Hardwood Floors.
The trees that are used to make Cork flooring do not have to be cut down, the material is harvested from the bark making it a renewable resource. Aside from having anti-microbial properties it’s also a natural insect repellant! Like wood, it can be refinished to suit your taste.
For buildings that have a Concrete Subfloor, it’s easy to customize it by polishing or tinting it to your taste. Be sure to make plans to stay somewhere else while the work is being done, the process involves chemicals and sealants that should not be inhaled.