No VOCs Means Environmentally Friendly Floors

VOC is the common abbreviation for Volatile Organic Compound.

Q. What is a volatile organic compound?

A. An organic compound is created when two or more organic substances are combined. A volatile organic compound is one that evaporates or becomes a gas easily when exposed to light or heat. The lower the temperature that the organic compound boils and evaporates at, the more dangerous the VOC is. 

While VOCs occur in nature and are all around us, the abbreviation VOC is most often used when referring to the dangerous and toxic vapors released by organic compounds. VOCs are released when fuel such as gasoline, wood, coal, or natural gas are burned. They are also released by common everyday products such as aerosol sprays, paints, glues, solvents, household cleaners, and dry-cleaning chemicals.

When combined with nitrogen and oxygen, VOCs react to form ground-level ozone becoming hazardous air pollution. Human exposure to harmful VOCs can cause a myriad of health issues. Symptoms of short-term exposure to toxic VOCs include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Coughing
  • Skin Irritation
  • And more health issues

Exposure to dangerous VOCs over a prolonged period can result in damage to the liver, kidneys, or the central nervous system. Volatile organic compounds have been known to cause cancer in mice, and they are suspected of causing disease in humans as well.

VOCs in household products, including many building materials, have been regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 1985. While they have not been eliminated, the limits set are considered safe for casual exposure. Until recently, many flooring products contained dangerous VOCs.

Flooring from Xtreme Engineered Floor Systems is VOC-free

When you have V-8 High-Performance Floors installed by Xtreme Engineered Floor Systems, there’s never a need to worry about air quality or the effects of harmful or toxic VOCs in your flooring. Our V-8 flooring products are 100% VOC-free. Xtreme Engineered Floor Systems is your West Michigan commercial and industrial flooring specialist. Call us today for more information on our environmentally-friendly flooring solutions.