Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? If you do, then you definitely don’t want to also be exposed to additional allergens in your flooring. Although Metro Atl. Floors might not be able to help you with your seasonal allergies, we sure can give you the tools to help you choose your best hypoallergenic flooring options.
The first thing you need to take into consideration is flooring materials that contain low levels of VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). For carpet this usually means it is eco friendly. Many carpet manufacturers are getting with the times and making all kinds of eco-friendly carpets. If you are set on carpet, its best to have your installer use low VOC backing and padding to be positive it is hypoallergenic.
For hardwoods it’s a bit different, most hardwoods are natural and great for those with allergies. However, the formaldehyde and chemical adhesives used in engineered woods is high in VOC’s and can cause irritation. Make sure you are getting solid natural hardwood if you go this route. Also, make sure your installer uses low VOC adhesives and installation materials. Bamboo flooring is naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial but those with grass allergies might react to the bamboo material or adhesives used to install it.
The best go-to hypoallergenic flooring option is ceramic or glass tile. The tiles are made with natural materials and the grout used between tiles doesn’t emit any odors. If you like tile but want vinyl, be sure to get the highest quality vinyl you can find as lower qualities will have higher levels of VOC’s.
Some other options are Cork or Linoleum flooring. These materials are eco-friendly, don’t emit any VOC’s, are easy to keep clean and comfortable under foot. Like hardwoods however, you need to be sure these floors are installed with hypoallergenic adhesives.
As always, if you are having a tough time with your allergies and flooring Metro Atl. Floors would be glad to help you out with flooring that meets the restrictions of your allergies.