By: John Damanis

Thinking New Hardwood or Laminate Floors?

Tags: Home Renovation, Flooring

Engineered wood flooring has many benefits, but depending on the brand, it can also be a hazard. That's because some brands manufactured outside of Canada contain high amounts of Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is used as a cheap glue in the making of laminate and engineered wood floors. The toxin, which can release into the air from flooring, is known to cause nose and throat cancer, trouble breathing, coughing, sore throat and affect respiratory function.

In the USA, California has tough labelling and emission rules to control Formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products, including floors. There is no similar set of rules here in Canada. This means that imported non-North American made flooring products may not be up to our expectations.

Health Canada has more information about Formaldehyde here:

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