With increasingly common reports detailing the damaging effects of the formaldehyde found in many construction materials, more and more building and facility owners and managers are turning to products that don’t include these potentially dangerous chemicals. If you’ve been looking for safer options for facility flooring, epoxy floor coatings from a quality manufacturer may be the answer. Formaldehyde-free flooring systems from Florock support good indoor air quality (IAQ) and can help avoid the health risks posed by other, less-than-safe flooring materials.
Formaldehyde is used to manufacture a number of different building materials as well as some household products. It’s a by-product of combustion and other natural processes, and may be present in varying concentrations both inside and outside of buildings. Some of the most common building materials that contain formaldehyde are pressed-wood products, such as particleboard. Pressed wood products are made using adhesives that contain urea-formaldehyde resins. These glues are also used to provide permanent-press qualities to items like clothing, draperies, and other adhesives, and as a preservative in some paints.
So, with it being so common, what’s the problem?
Formaldehyde is a colorless but pungent-smelling gas and is a known carcinogen. It can also be a respiratory irritant, causing breathing difficulty. Other effects of formaldehyde can include burning sensations in the eyes and throat, nausea, and watery eyes. For these reasons, many facility owners and managers are choosing to use building materials that don’t contain formaldehyde, including formaldehyde free flooring.
Formaldehyde free flooring offers a range of different benefits. Low-VOC products, such as applicable flooring systems from Florock, help promote a safer environment within facilities. Florock’s resinous floor coatings don’t contain any heavy metals, phthalates, or formaldehyde, and after a full cure, these floors are completely inert. This means that after they’re completely dry. There is also no resulting “offgassing” as with other building materials like carpet, vinyl tile, and other sheet goods.
With low to zero VOC systems, you can enjoy an expedited installation process as well, as some of these systems are known for their fast-curing formulations.
Low- to zero-VOC flooring systems from Florock, including formaldehyde free flooring options, are also highly durable. They are non-absorbent, with a virtually seamless design. In addition, when properly installed by factory-approved contractors, the fluid-applied formaldehyde-free flooring is completely bonded to the concrete surface, providing superior performance and easy maintenance.
Florock offers a wide range of floor coatings containing no formaldehyde, while at the same time providing your floors with the protection they need from heavy equipment and ongoing foot traffic, in addition to spillage. Our products,formulated and manufactured using carefully controlled raw materials, are designed to maximize protection, with minimal use of VOC and other potentially harmful chemicals, making your facility safer for employees and visitors.
Options to choose from when you’re looking for low- or zero-VOC flooring, or formaldehyde free flooring systems include:
Contact Florock today to learn more about our formaldehyde-free flooring systems for facilities.