Laminate is Safe for Your Home
Laminate flooring, except with the possible exception of very cheaply made products, is safe for your home and your family.
But, laminate flooring has gotten a bad rap lately that is not wholly undeserved.
A few years ago, Lumber Liquidators had a run in with the law over failing to meet standards set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for formaldehyde in its floors. Lumber Liquidators claims to have corrected this issue, but the damage had already been done. Many consumers were left confused and scared. Adding to the problem is that the market has been flooded with cheap products made overseas that do not always meet established environmental safety standards and has prompted some retailers to stop selling laminate floors made in China altogether.
So, yes, the truth is that laminate floors do contain traces of formaldehyde (a naturally occurring substance found in many products in your home), but in almost all cases, it is within safety standards and is fully contained within the board so that it poses no threat to health or safety.
How can I be sure it's safe?
To be certain you laminate floor meets safety standards, look for the seal of the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA). This group of suppliers banded together to establish standards and promote healthy and responsibly manufactured products that are safe for your home. Second, the California Air Resources Board has established strict standards for acceptable emission of formaldehyde for all products that emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Most laminate flooring sold in North America will meet these standards and the boxes containing these products are clearly labeled as such.
The NALFA seal ensures your laminate flooring meets the proper certification standards and is safe for your home.
CARB sets high standards for laminate flooring and other products in your home.