Impact of Environmental Pollution on Flooring & How To Deal with It


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Impact of Environmental Pollution on Flooring & How To Deal with It

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Laminate and vinyl flooring have now become the two most popular flooring options available today.

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However, there are certain safety concerns that have come up on multiple occasions that may make owners think again before opting for laminate or vinyl when it comes to remodeling their flooring.

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Drawbacks of Formaldehyde

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If formaldehyde is present in the production of the laminate that is then used in a home, any prolonged exposure can lead to serious medical effects and complications on the people living in the home along with the environment itself.

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Reasons to avoid vinyl flooring

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Another flooring type to avoid or to at least reconsider is vinyl flooring.

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Once vinyl has been installed, it may off-gas potentially harmful compounds like lead, cadmium and phthalate plasticizers for years to come.

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It also affects the environment negatively—once vinyl has been used and is no longer usable, it will not decay and break down in a landfill.

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There are currently millions of pounds of vinyl landfilled and the only way to avoid releasing poisonous dioxins is by burning it at a very high temperature.

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If a piece of laminate or vinyl should become water damaged, a buildup of mold and mildew can lead to just as many medical complications as formaldehyde.

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Choose your flooring carefully

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Chances are that if you buy a natural type of flooring like hardwood, laminate or bamboo that there will be formaldehyde in it and you should think twice before going that route.

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Manufacturers are now being required to label each product that contain regulated composite wood products after a court ordered ruling found that homeowners were unknowingly being put in harm’s way.

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Impacts on the environment

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Its impact on the environment can be just as harmful as the ones on the human body.

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Considering that all of these materials are made mostly of composites, they can take years and years to break down and decompose.

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But while they just sit there, the toxins that went into building the composite flooring will be released into the atmosphere, affecting carbon dioxide levels and lowering the quality of the air.

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Find toxin-free flooring options

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If you’re concerned that your flooring may have unhealthy levels of toxins in it, there are steps you can take to find toxin-free flooring options.

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Ceramic Tile Flooring

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This is a non-toxic flooring option that is easy to maintain.

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It’s important to ask the distributor and installer specific questions about how safe the grout is and the ventilation process that is used during the installation process along with other materials that could cause toxic fumes to be produced.

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Decline Stain-Resistance Treatments

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These treatments will have negative effects on the woods that are being treated and will lead to the production of dangerous toxins that if not properly disposed or, treated or ventilated can lead to health complications down the line.

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Look for products that are made without vinyl

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These types of flooring options can include hardwood, linoleum and ceramic tile.

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when choosing hardwood, look into ensuring that the hardwood is formaldehyde free to make sure that your home will stay a safe place.

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If you are from Simi Valley and its surrounding areas, look no further than Hardwooderia which is home to huge collections of toxin-free flooring options and more than 20 years of experience.

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Impacts of overly toxic flooring materials

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The negative effects of overly toxic flooring materials not only will potentially harm you and your family, but also will greatly reduce the quality of the air and surrounding environment.

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Nothing should come before your safety and the safety of your family so make sure that you know exactly what you’re purchasing.

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Thank You

Summary: Sometimes we are giving so much importance to a specific thing that we overlook its environmental impacts. Let's say the floorings, which can take a toll on the environment. So, the owners before choosing them for their homes, they should analyze the level of the pollution associated with their desired product. There are also several options through which you can mitigate the threats of such materials ever.

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