I am 3 weeks away from the start of a huge addition to my house. The
floor will be hardwood and tiles. That is settled. The choices I
had for the
basement rooms are carpet...too much formaldehyde offgassing
unless I choose
wool carpeting which is too expensive. Or another
choice is something rough
like coir...not very comfy underfoot...or
cork which although excellent for the
environment is rather ugly...OR
engineered flooring which costs a fortune. What
I had hoped to use is
laminated flooring but it is made with formaldehyde glues
melamine and this has been proven to be unsafe. I want to follow the
Ei, European standards but don't know if I can find a laminated floor
made with some other glue (latex?) rather than
formol/formaldehyde. Does anyone
have any idea which company might
make such a product? I have written to
Kronatek and am waiting for an
answer but I don't know that they are suppliers
of such a product.
THanks for any help.
Chris Hill Wrote:
> On Thu, 22 Mar 2007 02:42:42 +0000, Robin Michetti
I won't need to be paranoid if I don't use off-gassing, carcinogenic
in the construction of my house. Read up on formaldehyde
and you may become
paranoid about laminated floors and most IKEA
furniture which gives off toxic
emissions. Smell is the least of my
worries. It is the offgassing of these
materials including the
adhesives and press that are used in their manufacture
of them that are
cause for concern.
"Formaldehyde is classified as a human carcinogen and has been linked
and lung cancer, and with possible links to brain cancer and
Short-term exposure to formaldehyde can be fatal. Long-term
exposure to low
levels of formaldehyde may cause respiratory
difficulty, eczema, and
sensitization." If I can avoid exposing my
family to these serious health
hazards, I want to do it...but it is not
easy to find a solution.
Eric S. Smith: Left-Field Marshal Wrote:
> On Mar 22, 11:02 am, Chris Hill
I think that all of us who are interested in renovating our homes
consider using materials that are the absolute safest possible.
If we live in a
northern climate we spent a lot of time indoors likely
in an airtight house.
This is not a matter of allergies or
sensitivities. Formaldehyde which is in
pressed wood, MDF, melamine and
laminated floors is a carcinogen plain and
simple. Childhood cancer is
on the increase...why?.. because children are
exposed to more and more
environmental toxins..formaldehyde being one of the
most toxic. We put
our babies down on carpeting and flooring that offgasses
realizing the serious impact it can have on their health. So I think
that information about the kinds of safe materials we want to build our
with is very important and should be included in DYI sites such
On Mar 22, 10:19 pm, Robin Michetti <Robin.Michetti.
First, let me say that I'm no more interested in breathing
formaldehyde than anyone else.
Not everybody has children. I consider childhood cancer
rates to be irrelevant in my flooring purchasing decisions.
It's not always about babies.
Not me. I expect my estate will sell the house. Probably not to
a family, as it's small and has only one bathroom. Despite the
fact that the original owners raised a family there, people
nowadays don't seem to think that one bathroom is sufficient.
However, I doubt I will replace the original red-oak hardwood
floors in my 60-year-old house, and certainly not with
laminate. Remember, I started off by saying I don't want
to breath formaldehyde.
And, no, I don't particularly give a fuck about other people's
children. They're somebody else's problem.
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