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Low VOC Flooring

ASTM Laboratory Test Results Show Our Flooring has 100% Ultra-low VOCs
As a Company, Our Customer safety is the #1 priority. We work hard to reduce VOC’s with the leading emissions detection laboratory Benchmark International to test for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including formaldehyde. A company built on values, we are one that maintains transparency by posting all our testing results online (see below). -Several of our floors register formaldehyde concentration levels as “Not Detectable” with less than 0.000 parts per million (PPM) — this means they are Ultra-low. -Even the floors with detectable levels measured 50 times lower than the strictest California Air Resources Board (CARB) Phase 2 standards (0.05 PPM). -In fact, test results show that all our flooring formaldehyde levels were at least half the amount found in the typical air we breathe (0.02 PPM).

Our quality control process, which includes the use of superior materials, adhesives and manufacturing techniques, makes it possible for us to offer a product that is beautiful, durable, eco-friendly, and safe. This we why we feel confident about using our products in our own homes where our children grow up.

What is formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde can be a naturally occurring chemical in lower concentrations but is often used for embalming, or as a bonding agent or solvent. Formaldehyde is classified as a volatile organic compound (VOC), meaning it is a chemical that becomes a gas at room temperature. As a result, products made with formaldehyde will release the gas into the air in a process is called off-gassing. If higher concentrations of formaldehyde are off-gassed and breathed in, it could cause serious health problems.

What contains formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is in just about everything. Apples, shampoo and the air we breathe contains trace formaldehyde. Higher levels of formaldehyde can be found in certain building materials such as particle board, plywood, paneling, pressed-wood and laminated wood building materials including furniture and flooring.

How do I protect my family?

Awareness is the best defense. When shopping for new flooring, researching the floor’s formaldehyde emissions and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is vitally important. Flooring is a material that will be in your home for a lifetime, that you and your family will live with everyday. Never install any engineered wood building products in your home without getting the formaldehyde emissions test results first. Only use “interior-grade” pressed wood products (lower-emitting because they contain phenol resins, not urea resins). Use air conditioning and dehumidifiers to maintain moderate temperature and increase ventilation, particularly after bringing new sources of formaldehyde into the home.

For homeowners who are unsure of the safety of engineered wood materials including flooring in their home, Benchmark International (BMH) offers formaldehyde testing at a reasonable cost. BMH is one of the world’s largest and oldest accredited, independent testing laboratories. With experience testing engineered wood products since 1956, the company uses a state-of-the-art formaldehyde emissions testing chamber for the most accurate, dependable results. For more information and to get your samples tested, contact them today.

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For additional information visit the EPA website.