Question

Is this a safe laminate flooring for an audio-video archives?

Asked by Sheila Krynski
Myrtle Beach, SC

Sheriar Foundation is a small archive in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We are replacing the floor covering in rooms that contain audio and video collections (conventional analog tape and also CDs, DVDs and digital files). Do you know if Home Legend laminate (carried by Home Depot) is safe for this purpose. According to http://www.greenguard.org it is Greenguard Gold and Gold Certified. Does this mean that it doesn't offgas. Of if it does, will that effect our collections. Any help you can offer would be appreciated.

Answer

Sheila,

I have recently installed Home Legends bamboo floor in my bedroom.

  • The product was sealed when purchase and had a thin film of oil over each of the planks.
  • It took over one month for the smell to dissipate. I would not recommend this manufacturer for your archive space.

Since you are concerned with damaging the collection consider installing natural products which are void of finishes which may off gas and harm the collection.

Take into consideration two products for this space.

  • A solid cork floor (not laminated product) can be installed and sealed using a natural wax finish vs. sealer. This is the method which was used in the showers and bathrooms of Falling Water in Pennsylvania.
  • Polished and stained concrete floor. The stain can be a fish oil base stain which does not use any petroleum base.

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