Which brands of pre-finished solid or engineered hardwood flooring have the lowest VOC emissions?

Asked by Amy Bayard
Anna Maria, FL

I am chemically sensitive, so we will be nailing rather than gluing. We have ruled out bamboo or cork as options since we have found them to be too easily damaged in our house filled with small kids. We live in FL, so humidity may be an issue.


Anderson has a number of engineered products that are Greenguard certified for indoor air quality. Since engineered wood floors are more resistant to higher moisture levels than solid wood flooring, they are appropriate for use in damp regions of the country that have higher relative humidity levels.

Engineered flooring can be directly glued down over (dry) concrete slabs above or below grade, or stapled down over a wood subfloor. On some styles of engineered wood flooring, manufacturers have also come up with a unique newer installation method where the tongue-and-groove edges of the boards are simply click-locked together for a very easy and fast floating installation.

Make sure you clearly follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation.
Anderson floors are also certified under the NWFA’s Responsible Procurement Program (RPP), which ensures they use sustainable harvesting practices.

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