Allergies and Flooring

An average home is full of allergens that can cause sneezing and stuffy noses. But, by carefully choosing your flooring, you can eliminate a big source of your allergy problem and allow your family to breathe easier.

Common Allergens

Allergies

The most common triggers for asthma are dust mites, mold, dust, and pet dander. When you reduce the places where these allergens can appear, your indoor air quality improves. This can also reduce the occurrence of itchy, watery eyes and various respiratory and sinus ailments, such as coughing and sneezing.

  • Dust mite droppings, husks, and body parts can be found in just about any fabric in your home, including the carpet. Dust mites are microscopic insects that are far too small to be seen with the naked eye, but they live in humid areas.
  • Mold can grow on moist surfaces and are mostly found in areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Warm-blooded pets can shed animal dander and contribute to allergies by urinating or defecating inside your house.
  • Aside from natural allergies, floorings with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have been known to trigger asthma in some people. Exposure to VOCs can trigger symptoms such as headaches, unexplained fatigue, respiratory distress, and eye irritation. The important thing to remember is when choosing flooring, get VOC-free or low-VOC products. Make sure to discuss these ratings thoroughly with a reputable flooring contractor.

Flooring

Wood floor

Cork Flooring - Suberin, an antimicrobial substance that reduces mold growth, mildew, bacteria, and other allergens, is found in cork. The hard surface of cork floors also makes cleanup easy — just clean it with a dust mop and you're good to go. The finish can also prevent allergens from growing.

Hardwood Floors - It's known as the most attractive flooring, and a great choice for people who are especially sensitive to allergens. It cleans up easily and exposes dust mites.

Laminate Floors - This type of flooring is made when layers of wood composite are glued together. Be aware, however, that the adhesives used can trigger VOC allergies. Before choosing the laminate flooring, check the product documentation thoroughly or ask the sales person for its emissions rating. If they say that it has an emission standard of E1 or E0, that’s exactly what you're going for.

Bamboo Flooring - Bamboo is a good choice for people with allergies. It offers the surface property of hard flooring, and doesn’t provide space for dust mites or dander. It’s also water-resistant and doesn’t retain moisture as much as traditional hardwood. Get bamboo flooring with low VOC ratings, so you’re sure that the installation adhesives won’t trigger any allergies.

Porcelain and Ceramic Tile - If you’re looking for allergy prevention, you can’t go wrong with porcelain and ceramic tiles. These low-maintenance floors allow you to easily spot dusty surfaces. For a complete allergy reduction, make sure that your porcelain and ceramic tiles come with VOC-free adhesives. If you’re using tile, check the grout and make sure it’s in good shape to prevent moisture from seeping to the subfloor — if this happens, mold can find a way to grow beneath.

Excellent Flooring Choices 

Choose the right flooring to make sure that every member of your family is safe and in the best possible health. If you need additional information on how to properly care for your new floor, you just need to choose a flooring service provider who can give you quality work. If you live in the Dallas - Fort Worth, Texas Metroplex, feel free to contact Fine Floors by Ed White at 888-802-6371 or leave us a message on contact Fine Floors by Ed White. We'll be sure to give you floors that you and your family will enjoy using for years to come.

We can also help you install other kinds of flooring like vinylnatural stonewood floors, and more. We can also help out with grouting and tile installation.