Over the past few years, more and more homeowners have been asking their Sacramento home remodeling contractors to help them remodel for a green home. Many of us have heard about the harmful chemicals that can be found in common household items such as paint and carpet glue, which is why considering a green overhaul to your home is so important. These chemicals are not only terrible for the environment, but they can also be harmful to the health of you and your family. They can exacerbate asthma, cause headaches, and even damage your kidneys and other parts of your body. That’s why knowing how to remodel for a green home is so vital.
When you are looking to make you home greener, the first place you should start is with something you touch every single day… your floors. Common floors made out of substances like vinyl can contain high levels of dangerous chemicals known as volatile organic chemicals (also called V.O.C.s). The glue that is commonly used to secure carpeting can also contain V.O.C.s, which are truly bad for your family’s health. But there are many alternatives such as wood floors, carpet tiles, and cork floors that your Sacramento home remodeling contractor will be able to install. These floors can be extremely beautiful and durable, while also being much better for the environment. V.O.C.s are also a major issue when it comes to wall paint. However, there are now low and no V.O.C. options available from even the leading paint manufacturing companies.
To learn more about how to remodel for a green home, please take a look at the video below:
To talk to a Sacramento remodeling contractor about renovating your home in order to make it greener, please contact the experienced team at Russ Johnson Construction here.
SACRAMENTO KITCHEN DESIGN VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:
TITLE: How to Remodel for a Green Home
NARRATION: Hi, I’m Patty Kim from the Green Guide. Making a few changes around the house, well why not green your renovation. A green home is a healthy home for you and the environment. But where do you start? Well, come on inside and I’ll show you.
Let’s start with the floors. Vinyl flooring is probably what some of you have at home, especially in those high traffic areas. Now, while vinyl is easy to clean, it’s made with polyvinyl chloride, which releases thalent, those chemicals that bind with household dust. It can contribute to asthma and other respiratory problems in children. Looking for a greener alternative? Well how bout this… natural cork tiles made from easily replenished wood. The good thing about this is that cork trees grow in just eight or nine years. And you don’t have to be a handy man to work with this stuff. Cork tiles easily snap into place, and you don’t have to use any glues to install this either. Cork is also a natural thermal insulator that helps cut back on the energy used to heat your home. Recycled flooring options include these from Terra Green Classic. They’re made with over fifty percent recycled glass, and they’re pretty too. Now, this is marmolieum. Marmoleum is a linoleum made from renewable resources. And like cork tiles, marmoleum comes in tiles that actually click together and don’t need glue to stay down. Marmoleum also comes in sheets which can be installed in less toxic, or low V.O.C., glues. Volatile organic chemicals, or V.O.C.s, have been linked to numerous health problems, so that’s definitely something you want to keep your eye out for.
V.O.C.s can also be a problem in the bedroom, or wherever you’ve got wall-to-wall carpeting. The reason is that most synthetic carpets are installed with glues containing V.O.C.s Now, if you really want carpeting, consider this… floor brand tiles. They’re made using recycled materials, and they’re held in place with stickers that look like this with low V.O.C. glue. And you just push it up against the next piece, push down, and there you go. And just like carpeting, they come in all these different colors.
Now, the greenest alternative hand down has got to be wood flooring with rea rugs made from natural grasses like cysill or juve, which this happens to be. Or you can buy an area rug in natural fibers like hemp, wool, or organic cotton like this one. And they’re really nice to touch too. And if you’re putting in a new wood floor, think green, Think about using fast-growing bamboo. Bamboo tress grow to full size in just five years. Another option is to find reclaimed or recycled wood flooring.
Now, what about those walls? We all know fresh paint smells of chemicals. But di you know those chemicals include carcinogens and neurotoxins? Things like benzene, formaldehyde, kerosene, and xylene. Things that you’ve never even heard of before. But trust me, it’s not good for you. Exposure to these gasses can worsen asthma, cause headaches, nausea, respiratory damage, and in some cases even nerve, lover, and kidney damage. The better way to go is to look for no V.O.C. paints from manufacturers like AFM Safecoat. Even Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams sell low V.O.C. paints now. Or for areas that don’t see a lot of humidity, you can try this… old fashioned milk paint actually made with milk. And it actually looks like this… all bubbly and creamy. Looks kinda yummy, doesn’t it?
Good luck with your renovation.