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Recently there has been a great deal of concern about formaldehyde emissions coming from low-cost laminate flooring. While formaldehyde is a naturally occurring chemical found in just about everything, higher levels of formaldehyde are known to cause serious health problems including cancer. So how can you protect yourself and your family? Do your research and look at test results before installing any engineered wood building products in your home.
Formaldehyde Testing For Your Home
For homeowners who are unsure of the safety of engineered wood materials including flooring in their home, Benchmark International (BMH) offers testing at a reasonable cost. BMH is one of the world’s largest and oldest accredited, independent testing laboratories. With experience testing engineered wood products since 1956, the company uses a state-of-the-art formaldehyde testing chamber for the most accurate, dependable results. For more information and to get your samples tested,contact them today.
As one of BMH’s “featured clients”, Cali Bamboo has been working with them for years, testing multiple product lines for VOC emissions, janka hardness, coefficient of friction (slip), water absorption and surface abrasion resistance. We have always been committed to ensuring that all our products meet the highest safety and quality standards our customers deserve.
A Note About Formaldehyde in Flooring
When shopping for new flooring, researching the floor’s formaldehyde emissions and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is vitally important. Flooring is a material that will be in your home for a lifetime, that you and your family will live with everyday. Cali Bamboo’s test results from BMH show that several of our floors register formaldehyde concentration levels as “Not Detectable”, with less than 0.000 parts per million (PPM)! The floors with detectable levels are still 50 times lower than the strictest California Air Resources Board (CARB) Phase 2 standards 0.05 PPM. In fact, all Cali Bamboo flooring formaldehyde emission levels are at least half the levels found in the typical air we breathe.*
A company built on values, Cali Bamboo is one of the few companies that actually posts all our test results online, so you can rest assured that your family is safe. Learn more about Cali Bamboo’s formaldehyde test results.
*Average US formaldehyde amounts found in typical metropolitan air levels is 0.02 PPM.