Many people suffering from various allergies, have been asking me whether it is convenient to install a new laminate flooring in their homes or not. Actually, this is is one of the most commonly asked questions here at Floorsave superstore and that’s not really a big surprise, if you consider that almost half of the population suffers from some form of allergy.
There are a number of different allergens and asthma triggers such as dust, pollen, body parts or mold, that can be found in any home and a floor can definitely be the biggest source of them. In this case, investing in a hypoallergenic floor with an easy-to-clean surface is vital in order to eliminate allergic reaction symptoms like sneezing, itchy and sore eyes, wheezing and shortness of breath.
So does laminate flooring belongs to this category? The answer is yes, but not all laminate floors are suitable for allergy sufferers. Let me explain this better:
Laminate flooring consists of several different layers pressed together at high temperatures, without the use of any adhesives or chemicals, that can also trigger allergies once installed. Additionally, it has a hard surface which is extremely easy to clean and doesn’t allow any dust or other allergents to settle on it.
However, not all of them are manufactured the same way. Some of them may contain volatile organic compounds (VOC), which can be potentially dangerous for people who suffer from asthma or allergic rhinitis. So before choosing your laminate flooring, explain your problem to your local flooring contractor and look for VOC free products.
Note: always check product information.
Last but not least, most brands of laminate flooring incorporate a click-lock type of installation. This allows you to pull up the flooring in case it becomes flooded and prevent mold and mildew to grow.
If you need further information or have any specific questions, please get in touch via my Ask Lou page and I’ll be more than happy to help!