Hardwood Floor Refinishing Northern Va

Something that can easily be overlooked when it comes to flooring is the health impact the wrong flooring can have on your health.  If you’re looking for new flooring (or considering refinishing your old parquet), it’s important to choose nontoxic, durable materials. Petroleum-based polyvinyl chloride (PVC) flooring, bought rolled or in tiles, and laminates (which may contain wood pulp or wood chips) can pose a host of health and environmental problems. But even “green” options aren’t always so healthful. Bamboo flooring, for example, is made from fast-growing, sustainable bamboo, but it’s also frequently produced with adhesives containing formaldehyde. Hardwood, such as oak, is routinely sealed with oil-based polyurethane, a respiratory irritant. Recycled-rubber flooring sounds very good but can be made from old tires, and often has a strong odor.

If price is an issue , look for those with low-VOC emissions. Does the smell bother you? If so, check out other brands. You may find some natural-wood flooring at a competitive price. Make sure any sealants on your floors are water-based and contain no or few VOCs. Although stone and tile aren’t renewable, they’re good choices for floors exposed to a lot of sunlight because they will slowly release the heat they absorb into your home. If you’re interested in rubber flooring, look for natural — not synthetic — rubber, and make sure it’s free of contaminants and chlorine.

Wood floors can be lightly machine-sanded (wear a mask and gloves) and coated with a water-based sealant. Earthpaint carries many wood finishes. Another eco-friendly option is reclaimed wood, which may have had a former life, and in some cases can be of an even higher quality than the new wood flooring you’ll find in stores. If you decide to replace flooring that’s in decent shape, ask your contractor if he or she knows a vendor who might be interested in purchasing the wood (or just taking it off your hands), so it can be put to use again.

I hope you have found this article to be of some help.

Until next time,

Chad Durbin | President | Total Flooring