Allergy friendly bedroom flooring suggestions?

seekingsunJuly 1, 2013

We just purchased a new/old house (Woohoo!) and the flooring in the entire 2400 sq ft house needs to be replaced (currently old, stinky, icky pile carpet). My daughter and I both have dust mite allergies. I feel like that puts carpet out of the running, especially in a bedroom. Laminate or bamboo product then? (we are on a slab)

Since we have a lot to replace in this fixer upper I think $4 and under is a good price point. Considering the bedrooms take less abuse (we take off our shoes in the house) perhaps a less expensive product would be OK also? Save a little of the budget for high traffic, more visible areas. We don't think it has moisture issues in the slab but will find out as we tear up carpet...

Any experiences or recommendations welcome! I am a little overwhelmed by everything we need to tackle in this house and need some guidance on this decision!

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I just purchased a home with carpet in the bedrooms and upper hall. I am throwing it all out and have decided to go with cork flooring. It is not the cheapest option however I believe it is a great product. If you do a little research you will appreciate the benifits of a cork also comes in click style so no glueing and relatively easy to install. Laminate would be your cheapest option. I would avoid bamboo .there are lots of horror stories about bamboo . Please research thoroughly if you are leaning toward bamboo.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 10:29PM
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My inlaws now have cork in their kitchen and upper bedroom floor. And love it! I think he just paid $8 a sq foot from an online vendor...

I realized I should also be concerned with any product that is know to "off gas". Those type of chemicals tend to be hard on folks with allergies, and I don't want anything like that in my baby's room!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 8:49AM
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If you are concerned with off gas, look at the floor score of any laminate. Lots of laminate off gases.

Low VOC floors are a concern for me and that is why I am leaning very strongly toward wood-look sheet vinyl. Sounds tacky, but it looks quite good in some pics here on the forum. I'm looking at Armstrong sheet vinyl and Congoleum. Possibly vinyl planks.

If I could find hardwood without a toxic finish that didn't cost $$$$$ I would go that route, but no luck. I want to stay at $4 or less a square foot.

I've been using this database to check for low voc floors:

Here is a link that might be useful: Certified green products

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 4:42PM
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