This “Kars” “Oak Meno” flooring sample from Green Building Supply (pictured here, sent to me in December of 2019) had the following readings when tested with an XRF Instrument:
Front surface of panel:
- Niobium (Nb): 1,438 +/- 33 ppm
- Bromine (Br): 28 +/- 3 ppm
- Palladium (Pd): 14 +/- 3 ppm
- Platinum (Pt): 147 +/- 35 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 62 +/- 28 ppm
- Indium (In): 39 +/ 7 ppm
Back surface of panel:
- Niobium (Nb): 1,512 +/- 36 ppm
- Palladium (Pd): 17 +/- 3 ppm
- Platinum (Pt): 136 +/- 38 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 30 +/- 14 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 73 +/- 31 ppm
- Indium (In): 48 +/ 7 ppm
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This product seems like a nice solid-wood product (it has three layers but each layer appears to be solid wood – check out the image below) and is something I might choose for my own home if I were to go the “wooden floor” route the next time around (I am planning on concrete floors for the eventual new rebuild of my kitchen – but who knows, I may change my mind!)
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- Additional products from Green Building Supply that I have tested.
- Additional flooring products that I have tested.
- Additional wood products I have tested.
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Side view of the plank:
Lori Jacobs says
We replaced the carpet in our house in 2002. In the kitchen/family room combination we used natural slate. Didn’t know anything about toxicity then, and chose it because that was the path from our swimming pool to the bathroom and I wanted something that could tolerate water but was non-slip. I don’t know for sure but suspect it was probably a good choice for these reasons too!
For other areas we chose wood. Downstairs I put in Junckers wood, a snap-together solid wood flooring that was compatible with our concrete slab base and didn’t have glues that could off gas. Given general quality of safety standards in that part of the world I’m hopeful it’s at least better than local, common options in other ways too.
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Lori Jacobs says
Story of my hunt for wood flooring that wouldn’t off gas because of glues and additives that says it ALL.
In Home Depot with their flooring department discussing choices. They won’t provide any guarantees of solid wood installations on my slab foundation because it tends to develop problems.
They want me to use engineered wood, which is real wood glued in thin layers. But I didn’t want the off gassing!, and we went round in circles trying to find something for me.
I said, pretty much all the houses in this area have slab!, what do people do to avoid off gassing?
Classic, says it ALL reply. “Well, most people don’t know.”
No I didn’t buy from there or anywhere similar. I started doing my own research instead! Chose Junckers (pronounced “Yonkers”- it’s Danish, not English)
Love it and highly recommend it! Tamara, please comment if there are toxins in it I don’t know about.
I am not familiar with it.