Today, I would like to shed some light on the health differences between carpet and engineered, bamboo, laminate and wood flooring for your home. Recently Lumber Liquidators gained some very bad publicity, as they came under fire for using non-VOC Compliant products on their flooring. You always want to make sure that your laminate, engineered, bamboo, and wood flooring is VOC compliant – ours is.
Carpet is can be great when it is brand new and created with glues, and materials healthy for your family. Unfortunately, those products usually cost a ton. Carpet can also help to dampen sound, and is fun to roll around on, but many carpets don’t use safe chemicals and can be harmful to your health.
According to www.GreenandHealthy.info your carpet may come with some nasty toxins, including: “toluene, benzene, formaldehyde, ethyl benzene, styrene, acetone and a host of other chemicals that are known carcinogens and produce fetal abnormalities in test animals. These chemicals also cause hallucinations, nerve damage and respiratory illness in humans.”
The NYTimes published an article titled, “Raising Concerns About Chemicals in Recycled Carpet Padding”, in it they conclude that “23 of 26 samples from the United States, contained one or more flame retardants considered toxic.”
Carpet also does not enhance the retail value of your home. It actually takes away from it, especially as buyers taste in flooring changes. Carpet needs replacing every few years, depending on the quality and use. While bamboo, engineered, and wood floors usually get better with age and add to your homes value.
Carpet can get moldy very easily with any kind of water leak, especially not taken quickly care of. While many flooring products stand up to mold better than carpet, our Revolutionary products come with Anti-Mold technology built into all of them.
Sure carpet might be cozy, but we feel that for the health of your family, and for your investment, engineered, bamboo, laminate, and wood floors that are VOC compliant are by far your best option.