Use tile in your home and avoid exposure to harmful contaminants found in other surfaces.
We would like to share some of the items that demonstrate our commitment to the planet, our communities and our employees’ well-being:
A hypoallergenic flooring option, tile is naturally inert and resistant to dust and other harmful pollutants that are known to cause a variety of health problems.
Concerned about allergies and asthma? Tile is a great choice whether you’re remodeling or starting from scratch. Unlike other surfaces, tile is both hard and impervious, meaning it’s inhospitable to dust mites, bacteria, fungi, mold and other irritants.
Since tile is manufactured at temperatures that reach up to 2500 degrees F, it’s inherently inorganic, emitting zero VOCs. VOCs – emitted by virtually all other types of flooring – are harmful gases that can cause headaches, nausea, and nose, eye and throat irritation. VOC emissions are also a leading cause of “sick building syndrome.”
Since tiles are solid, they don’t contain the binders common to other surfaces – binders like formaldehyde, often found in products containing medium-density fiber board, plywood and particle board. Why is formaldehyde a problem? It is known to lead to an increased incidence of asthma, particularly in children and the elderly – to the point that it has been federally restricted under the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act.
Tile flooring is also free from PVC, a resin commonly used in other surfaces to improve mechanical flexibility and heat stability. PVC contains phthalates and organotin, both regularly a subject of concern and discussion among health experts.