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Making Your New Home's Flooring More Allergy Friendly

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By : Todd Levinson    99 or more times read
Many buyers currently in the market for a new home are taking advantage of the deals that can be had in buying older homes. While buying an older home can be a great way to buy an interesting character home, some of these older homes can play havoc with residentsí allergies or chronic respiratory ailments. There are many ways, however, that you can adapt your new-old home so that it is a more allergy-friendly space to live in.

If you looked at many homes in your search for the perfect abode for you and your family, you probably noticed that a large percent of newly constructed homes have hard floors of some type. Many new homes have hardwood or wood laminate, linoleum, tiles, cork, or bamboo flooring; older homes often contain wall to wall carpeting, especially if they havenít been renovated in the past ten years.

The problem with carpeting for allergy and asthma sufferers is that due to the materialsí permeability, any dust, pollution, toxins, or allergens can absorb into the fibres and be released later or on contact. Some studies have shown that carpets can help homes trap pollutants that have been out of common use for decades, in fact. Common allergens found in carpets include: dust mite droppings, animal fur and dander, lint, smoke particles, and sometimes pollen.

While it is possible to remove a portion of the allergens from a home with regular steam cleaning of the carpets, a better option in homes where residents have serious allergy or asthma problems is to install smooth floors that donít trap allergens and irritants in the first place.

It is easiest to replace the flooring if your family hasnít moved into the house yet. There will be less exposure to dust and allergens, as well as a quicker installation time if there is no furniture in your new home yet. For best results, particularly if youíre using a flooring material that you arenít familiar with, hire a contractor. Some types of flooring are pretty commonly used in homes, like wood and wood laminate floors; while others are less common and might have unforeseen issues for a novice. Linoleum, and its cousin Marmoleum, in their roll form could cause problems for an installer who isnít savvy to the techniques used to best install the product.

Whichever option you choose, your family will thank you for alleviating one of the largest sources of allergens in your home and making their living space more pleasant.
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