With all the Negative News about Potential Formaldehyde in Flooring, Homeowners Wonder about the Safety of Hardwood Floors and How to Trust Flooring Contractors Again

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Just Around the Corner Flooring Releases a Hardwood Floor Buying Guide to Help Homeowners Make Wise Hardwood Flooring Decisions.

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It is very important for people to be able to trust the companies that we use for house renovation investments like wood flooring. Cheaper is not always better, and an ounce of prevention in this area could be worth years of quality of life.

Scarcely does a week go by that the safety and insecurity of buying hardwood flooring does not come up in conversation with Flooring Contractor Customers. The 2015 60 Minutes report regarding high levels of formadehyde in laminate hardwood flooring from a popular national chain has sent fear into the flooring market (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/lumber-liquidators-linked-to-health-and-safety-violations-2/). Hardwood Flooring Customers are worried about the safety of their homes and families and what they are not being told about hardwood floors. Can they trust the hardwood products in their home? When looking for new hardwood floors, how does one trust a flooring contractor or hardwood floor product after such negligent business practices?

New Homeowners should consider buying from well-established, local hardwood flooring contractors. Each product that a reputable Hardwood Flooring Company sells should have the proper MSDS "material safety data sheet." These are standard forms required by this country's EPA and OSHA organizations. A hardwood vendor should ensure that any imported product has certification on file for compliance with all global preservation standards. While these practices may make prices increase, they also can help ensure the safety of a home and family. Just Around the Corner Flooring has recently released a Hardwood Flooring Buying Guide, available free on the companies website. With this Guide, consumers can get all the information they need to make safe, educated hardwood floor buying decisions. It's available here: http://www.jatcwoodfloors.com/hardwood-flooring-guide/.

Those that were affected by the flooring mentioned in the 60 Minutes report may be entitled to a free air test from manufacturer. The EPA cautions that "air testing may not provide useful information due to the uncertainties of it, the lack of widely accepted health based standards for formaldehyde levels in indoor air to compare test results, and because air testing does not provide information on specific sources of formaldehyde, such as laminate flooring." More information about what homeowners should do if they have hardwood floors made from laminated flooring boards from China from 2012-2014 is located here: https://www.epa.gov/formaldehyde/questions-and-answers-regarding-laminate-flooring#productssafe. The NWFA (National Wood Flooring Association) has a list of companies that also will perform tests.

Just Around the Corner Flooring in St. Louis, MO has been in the flooring business since 1989. According to Just Around the Corner Flooring Owner Rich Olson, "Each year, we observe many new foreign companies with small booths at trade shows offering new and different hardwood flooring alternatives. While they are all worth a look, due diligence is required before trusting their claims. It is very important for people to be able to trust the companies that are used for house renovation investments like wood flooring. Cheaper is not always better, and an ounce of prevention in this area could be worth years of quality of life".

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Just Around the Corner Inc
since: 03/2010
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