If your home has been standing even before 1972, there is a considerable chance that your bathroom has vinyl tile flooring, which can contain asbestos. The bad news is that once the flooring gets cracked, asbestos will emit chemicals that are known to be a carcinogen.
In today’s world, pollution is a huge concern for a lot of people. But when we think of the environment, we often think of all things that are outside the house. The truth is that pollution also exists even in our indoor environment.
The truth about vinyl flooring
Vinyl is one of the most popular types of flooring materials today. But several environmental concerns surround it, which should make homeowners think twice about having it in their homes. Vinyl planks have gone where no wood has gone before. You can find them in almost every corner of a typical home. Each plank often has an application of an antimicrobial agent that can help resist mould and bacteria. Aside from vinyl’s durability, it is also scuff-resistant, which makes it perfect for areas with high traffic. It is also DIY-friendly, making it suitable for those who want to use it in some of their projects.
But despite all their advantages, vinyl planks are still plastic. Compared to wood, vinyl does not come from a renewable source. This only means that all the vinyl tiles that you will be throwing away will go directly to the landfill. Also, vinyl flooring tiles have polyvinyl chloride in them, which can be very dangerous when inhaled. Almost all types of vinyl release volatile organic chemicals (VOC). It is a must to increase the ventilation in your bathroom area during installing for the first couple of weeks to help the effect of the chemicals dissipate.
Fortunately, manufacturers are now producing vinyl flooring that contains a small percentage of post-consumer recycled content with low-VOC inks.
Alternatives to vinyl flooring
There are other more sustainable flooring choices other than vinyl flooring. Before you purchase any tiling tools in Australia, you might want to look at these inexpensive alternatives to vinyl flooring.
You might not be aware of it, but you can use cork in other ways aside from keeping your wine in bottles. You can easily install cork in any area of your living room as a click-together floating board or even as glued-down tiles. You can find a few stylish options in hardware stores. They usually cost between $3 to $12 per square feet. Another alternative that is rising in popularity is reclaimed hardwood. You can use reclaimed hardwood planks in any area in your home, including your bathroom. All you need to do is to apply a water-based sealer to give the planks a natural shine but still giving them the protection that they need.
There are other vinyl alternatives that you can use at home. All you need to do is to find the right one that will fit your aesthetics. Make sure that it will complement your home’s interior design.