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What Non-Toxic Building Materials Are Good for Remodeling?

Living room with stone fireplace and wood flooring

When it comes time to remodel a space in your home, many factors must be considered. You’ll want to think about things like cost, durability, and style, but an often overlooked detail is the toxicity of the materials that are being used.

Even though we have come a long way in terms of chemicals and harmful components used in household materials, there are still some materials that can, over time, become harmful to your health as well as indoor air quality.

If you’re planning a home remodel, these are some of the best non-toxic building materials to choose from.

Solid Wood

If you’re looking for a flooring option that is timeless, durable, and non-toxic, solid wood is a great way to go. You already know that hardwood floors are popular and work with almost every design style, but you won’t have to worry about them containing toxic chemicals.

Most solid wood products have been created in a way that minimizes volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Some flooring options like composite wood or vinyl are more likely to contain these harmful human-made chemicals, which can lead to serious health complications.

A couple of the risks associated with long-term exposure to VOCs include cancer and liver/kidney damage. (Department of Health) So, while using solid wood for your flooring may be more expensive, the long-term benefits are well worth the extra expense.

Natural Stone

Natural stone for flooring, countertops, or tiled surfaces is another option of non-toxic building materials that works great. Natural stone like travertine, flagstone, marble, or granite is already widely used in home design because it is a low-maintenance material that adds texture to a space. In most cases, these materials contain low toxicity ratings, making them even better!

Similar to solid wood, natural stone does not contain adhesives or finishes that include VOCs that will cause damage to your health and the environment. The longevity of natural stone is also a benefit since it is highly unlikely you will need to replace it due to it becoming damaged. Plus, as long as you don’t go overboard, it is easy to design around as home trends come and go.

Bathroom Vanity built using recycled wood as an environmentally friendly non-toxic building material

Recycled Materials

Another environmentally friendly, low-toxicity remodeling option is to use recycled materials whenever possible. This could include using antique pieces for vanities or cabinets or reclaimed wood products for countertops or floors. These items will make your house look unique and interesting while keeping dangerous gases and chemicals out of your home. If you have more questions about what items you should include in your remodel and which would be best to avoid, we are here to help. We are a certified and accredited green builder/remodeler and are here to make sure your home not only looks good but is good for your health and the environment as well. Give us a call!

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