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Jamie D'Souza

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Flooring Choice for A Healthier Home
There is no denying that we all want to keep our home environment positive and healthy. Let us guide you on how picking the right flooring can actually be beneficial to your health., 9/22/2022 - Hearing the word "home" brings so many positive and joyful thoughts. With our family’s health and wellness in mind, there is no denying that we all love our personal comfort space positive and healthy.

Flooring is a core aspect of a home that we are exposed to daily, which makes it more important when building or renovating a house to pick the right flooring selection. Incorrect flooring material can negatively affect everyday living and increase health risks for you and your family.

We are here today to guide you through deciding the safest flooring for your home.

Factors To Consider Before Choosing Flooring:

A. Formaldehyde is a big NO

There have been frequently reported cases of poisoning due to aldehydes. One of the most commonly found aldehyde is formaldehyde, released from the glue that binds wood layers together, as seen in composite wood floorings like laminate, bamboo and engineered hardwood.

When the formaldehyde content exceeds the set Australian standard, that is, an E2 rating, it becomes a potential health issue, as formaldehyde is carcinogenic and a home air pollutant.

B. Sustainable and eco-friendly

Apart from flooring material's impact on your wellbeing, sustainability and environmental friendliness are other factors to take notice of.

- We suggest choosing timber flooring and bamboo products, which are given thumbs up by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).

- Uncertified wood can mean it might impact the environment in the form of deforestation, soil erosion and disturbing the natural ecosystem.

- Ensure to read the label of hardwood or bamboo you purchase.

Solid hardwood flooring may be the Best Choice for You

Solid hardwood flooring is one of the best and healthy choices for your home. Timber floors are premium quality, durable and environment friendly, but more so they are:

Highly resistant to dents and damage:

Hardwood such as jarrah, maple and oak are usually much more resistant to damage and dents than softwood counterparts like birch and pine. Though hardwood flooring comes with a higher price tag for the material, not to forget the installation costs, considering the longevity, they are worth the investment.

Aldehyde free:

Hardwood floor is a dried and sterilized product with an E0 formaldehyde rating, which is, by far, the best grading ever. The reason is that solid hardwood flooring requires a very moderate amount of glue to fuse layers and is safe for installation in bedrooms and living areas.

The formaldehyde amount in various glued timber products is rated at three levels per Australian standards.

- E0 < 0.5mg / L

- E1 < 1.5mg / L

- E2 < 5.0mg / L

The mandatory standard in Australia for laminate floors is E1. As health should always be the first and foremost priority, E0-rated solid timber floors are simply the best choice for you.

Additional Tips for Health-Safe Hardwood Flooring:

- Select sustainably harvested or FSC-certified timber floors.

- Opt for locally harvested and milled wood to lower the product's carbon footprint if possible.

- Ensure to install the hardwood flooring with nails; better avoid glues.

- Choose pre-finished floors or seal with a water-based, green seal 11-certified finish.

- Solid hardwood floors are prone to water damage and thus not suitable for kitchens, bathrooms and laundry areas.

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