Home renovations and remodels are a part of life that can sometimes be necessary for a homeowner. Unfortunately, a home remodel or renovation also means that you will be exposing yourself to volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which are common in building materials.
VOC can be found in paint, varnishes, caulks, and garage floor finishes and can be very detrimental to your health, particularly to those who have pre-existing respiratory illnesses such as asthma. While VOC is unavoidable during a construction project, there are some ways to minimize your exposure and in today’s post, Guardian Garage Floors shares X tips on how to limit your exposure to these harmful chemicals.
1. Move your furnishings. During a project, try to remove as much of your furnishings as possible. Things like curtains, carpets and fabric-covered sofas should be placed away from the construction area.
2. Seal your air vents. During construction, seal up the air vents in the construction area to avoid circulating harmful air to the rest of your home.
3. Seal off the work area. Ideally, you should find alternative living arrangements during construction. If this is not possible, use plastic sheets to seal off the work areas from the rest of the house.
4. Consider your materials. Use solid wood with low-emitting finishes whenever possible. For garage floor coating, consider a polyaspartic coating which has considerably lower VOC levels than epoxy.
5. Perform renovation during warmer months. If possible, try to schedule your renovation during the summer, this way you can keep your windows open and improve the circulation during construction.
6. Use low VOC paint. These days, more and more paint manufacturers produce paints with low VOC. When shopping for paint, keep an eye out for paints designated with a “low VOC” or “no VOC” label.
At Guardian Garage Floors we know how to minimize VOC. Whether you are renovating your kitchen, finishing your basement, or installing a garage floor, we will keep you and your family safe! Give us a call at (615) 278-9900 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation with one of our experts.