Could New Flooring Be Better for Your Health?
Get safe flooring for your home
Sep 17, 2019
We do many things with our health in mind, but selecting flooring is usually not one of them. Failing to think of health when choosing new flooring could be a mistake, however, as floors can be around for years to come and can impact the health of you and your family members in many ways. In fact, deciding to replace your floors may just help to improve your health starting right away.
Improve Cleanliness and Minimize GermsOld flooring can harbor dirt, mold, germs, and debris. Replacing old flooring can remove these volatile substances from your home and the air that you and your family breathe. Upgrading from carpet to laminate, tile, or hardwood flooring can help you to keep your home cleaner and minimize the amount of dirt and debris that remains trapped in the flooring. The type of flooring that works best may vary depending on the room that it will be used in and the regular activity within the home, with tile often being preferred for rooms or homes where the floors will be regularly exposed to moisture.
Reduce Airborne Chemical ExposureOlder flooring was often manufactured using toxic chemicals that continuously emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Replacing older flooring with new solutions gives you the opportunity to find flooring with low VOC emissions. There are a variety of options, including many different types of hardwood, vinyl tile and sheet, laminate, and linoleum that have been qualified as low emission flooring.
Provide Support and Cushion for Feet and LegsFlooring can be hard on the feet, ankles, knees, and legs if there isn’t a lot of give. Fortunately, installing new floors allows you to choose flooring that will be nice to your feet and legs:
- Carpet is the softest flooring type, it gives when you walk on it, so it shocks your body the least
- Cork flooring is soft, spongy, and warm
- Vinyl tile or sheet is thin and can be installed over thick, soft underlayment
- Rubber flooring is springy and comfortable
- Padded linoleum flooring is plush and soft
- Laminate flooring can be installed over soft, high quality underlayment