27 Jun '12, 11pm

My son is autistic and very chemically sensitive. Please advise me on VERY low VOC, budget-friendly wood floors.

Great question. Here is a simple, do it your self sort of way to install a healthy wood floor over a concrete slab. Vapor barrier First, ideally, you create a vapor barrier between the slab and the new floor. Your concrete slab may already be sealed. (You can tell by how dusty it is. If it is endlessly dusty no matter how much you sweep it, it is not sealed. If it has a sheen and is not dusty it is sealed.) This seal is a good start -- but you might want an even better vapor barrier to keep moisture away from the wood. This may or may not be necessary based on the moisture levels of your slab or in your house. If your house seems relatively dry most of the time you may be able to forgo additional sealing . The standard ways to get the vapor barrier you may need are to : apply a sealer (but this will involve off-gassing; there are very few Low VOC sealers on the market and ...

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