Is polished concrete low VOC?

Is polished concrete low VOC?

Absolutely, yes! Mechanically polished floors (Hiperfloor) are known for the fact that they do not off-gas at all after the first week or so. What’s more, the grind and seal finishes are all tailored to use low VOC products. In case you are unfamiliar with exactly what low VOC means, VOC stands for ‘Volatile organic compounds.’ Basically, VOCs are organic chemicals that vaporise at ordinary room temperature. VOCs have compounding long-term health effects, so having a floor that does not off gas at all after the first week is of huge benefit for good health overall. Especially for anyone who is ill, has a weakened immune system, or suffers from permanent health conditions, including respiratory illnesses, it is really important to avoid VOCs as much as possible. Unfortunately, many other types of floor coverings and coatings can emit VOCs on a continual basis. In fact, disturbingly enough, the EPA has found that concentrations of VOC in indoor air can be 2 to 5 times greater than outdoors—and sometimes far greater than that. In addition to being very negative for health overall, many VOCs are known carcinogens. New buildings containing new paint, new cabinetry and other materials tend to be high in VOC, so having a VOC-free floor is extra important. The less VOC contributors you get exposed to, the better for your health. Fortunately, because polished concrete only off-gases for the first week, it is an ideal choice for those who are looking to avoid VOC exposure as much as possible.

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