Improving Indoor Air Quality Through Flooring

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Since flooring is constantly underfoot, its importance isn’t often on top of the mind when one considers the most important parts of a home. However, flooring is actually an essential part of modern living. It takes up a large amount of space, and can set the tone of a home’s aesthetics. From cozy carpets to modern hardwood, flooring has a significant impact on both the looks and health of a home: particularly Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). While IAQ is a factor that should be taken into strong consideration when choosing materials for our living spaces, it’s too often overlooked. However, whether we’re paying attention or not, pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), phthalates (DEHP), dioxins, ethylene dichloride, lead, mercury and more are too often byproducts of many flooring products. Unfortunately, these pollutants don’t disappear after the manufacturing process, and are known to off-gas into the home for weeks, months or even years after installation. As more and more of our time is spent indoors, we’ve become at increased risk from these pollutants which are well linked to a host of health problems. At LIM Living, these concerns have propelled flooring into the spotlight for us. We’ve chosen two flooring companies that take IAQ as seriously as we do.

While we have several factors that we take into consideration when choosing materials for our homes, what ultimately pushed us to choose the flooring manufacturers that we use was their continued commitments to Indoor Air Quality. These brands have impressive track records for ensuring the indoor air quality of their customers. All of the flooring products manufactured by these operations are tested and certified to the
California 01350 standard for indoor air quality, which is one of, if not the most stringent indoor air quality standard in the world. Additionally, all of the flooring products used in our homes are CARB Phase II compliant, and are FloorScore certified. Interestingly enough, these standards are also used as benchmarks for the indoor air quality credits in LEED certified buildings. These high standards are able to be met due to the exceptional quality control methods used during the manufacturing process by all organizations from which we purchase flooring. Ultimately, these companies have proven to us that their flooring is a perfect addition to our homes, and we hope that you’ll love them as much as we do.

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