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Great Nontoxic Remodeling Ideas

Whether you own your home or rent, there may come a time when you decide to make a few upgrades. Remodeling is something that people choose to do for any number of reasons. Sometimes the bathroom is simply looking a bit shabby and you need to knock out bathroom walls. Often times, wiring has gone faulty, or something else has broken down and needs to be repaired, and since the house is going to be torn up any way you might as well do a bit of remodeling while you’re at it.

Whatever the reason, remodeling the home is a great time to make sure you’re putting together some nontoxic remodeling ideas. One might think that anything used to build or insulate the home would be nontoxic by default, but unfortunately, this isn’t true. It is true that all building materials will meet a certain federal standard, but as we’ve discovered thanks to asbestos, just because something meets federal standard doesn’t mean there’s no problems associated with it. For this reason, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re using nontoxic ideas when remodeling the home. If you’re not certain what is and isn’t nontoxic, that’s okay. Many people aren’t, because knowing the details of building materials is something that’s generally handled by a professional. This is why it’s a very good idea to hire a professional remodeling company, so that they can work with you to figure out what is and is not going to meet your needs. However, here are a few ideas that can help point you in the right direction.

Use Paint Instead Of Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a common wall covering in homes, and for good reason. It goes on easy, tends to make less mess, and tends to be easier to clean and less prone to injury. Unfortunately, those benefits come at a price. Studies have found that PVC wallpapers have an average of 2 to 30 times more chemical additives than the non-vinyl types. Even the most health conscious wallpapers can be loaded down with chemicals that could cause you and your family health problems over the years.

It’s a much better idea to use nontoxic paints. The act of painting the home may be a touch messier, but the end result is that you’re less likely to wind up with dangerous chemicals spreading through the home. If you’re concerned about the paint job getting damaged or fading over time, you can always speak with a professional remodeling company. A professional remodeling company is going to have the knowledge and experience to help you find a type of paint that will hold up over the years, and won’t make you worry about dangerous chemicals.

Go With Nontoxic Flooring While carpet is traditional and soft, it comes with a few downsides. Many types of carpet and carpet padding are made with a variety of plastics, which contain potentially harmful chemicals. Even the carpets and carpet pads that aren’t made with such chemicals can retain chemicals over time. Certainly you can vacuum and shampoo your carpet on a regular basis, but there’s only so much one can do when trying to keep it clean and free of harmful, toxic chemicals. Instead, try going with something such as hardwood. Hardwood floors may require a bit more care when tending, but they can be quite gorgeous. If hardwood doesn’t seem like the right choice, there’s always the option of floorings such as bamboo or cork.

A professional remodeling company can be a huge help in deciding on a flooring type, since they will have access to a large number of options. You never know, you might find something that you’d never considered before! Ultimately, going nontoxic does take a bit of extra work and dedication. Not only that, it can be a bit more expensive. After all, chemical heavy building materials are cheap and plentiful. However, if you make the decision to go nontoxic, you’ll find plenty of benefits over the coming years. You may find you and your family staying healthier for longer, and getting sick less often. And any professional remodeling company is going to be happy to help you make the right choices for your home. So go nontoxic. You’ll be glad you did.