Got Allergies? Engineered Wood Flooring can Help
Indoor and outdoor allergies are commonplace in many parts of the world, and South Africa is no exception. While many individuals only suffer from moderate allergy symptoms, some severe sufferers ultimately develop acute asthma. In fact, allergies are on the rise in South Africa, which has a relatively alarming mortality rate of acute asthma sufferers compared to other countries. However, engineered hardwood flooring could be an ideal solution to lessen indoor allergies, as the average person spends the majority of their time inside. Discussed here are a few common regional allergens and the multiple benefits of choosing engineered hardwood flooring solutions for indoor relief.
Why Allergy Sufferers Should Choose Engineered Hardwood Flooring
While soft carpet may feel cosy beneath the feet, it can be a breeding ground and a common place for many indoor allergens to embed themselves. While invisible to the eye, they certainly can be apparent in how the body responds to their presence. Carpeting is one of many flooring choices that those with allergy sensitivities should avoid. However, resilient engineered hardwood can bring about much-needed relief by reducing or eliminating exposure to many allergens. Most importantly, hardwood resists trapping dander, dust, pollen and mould that cause asthma and other health issues that many soft flooring types tend to do.
Common Indoor Allergens
While some individuals have very little reaction to common allergens, some may have extreme troubles including itchy skin, hay fever, watery eyes, sneezing, breathing problems, headaches and other physical reactions including acute asthma. Here are some typical allergens that can cause occupants to suffering from these discomforts.
Dust Mites—Dust mites are minuscule pests that accompany household dust. With 30% of the population experiencing negative reactions to them, dust mites are the most common South African allergen.
Pet Allergies/Dander—Tiny protein particles that fall of the skin of furry pets are called dander, and they tend to harbour in carpeting, rugs and household cracks.
Mould—Common indoor moulds regionally include Penicillium, Alternaria, Cladosporium and Aspergillum. These can grow just about anywhere, but are partial to damp environments.
Pollen—South African pollens are plentiful and can cause serious allergic reactions including hay fever and asthma.
Fortunately, one of the easiest ways to alleviate the accumulation of these irritants is by changing indoor flooring to an engineered hardwood. Beyond reducing allergies, hardwood is a top choice for a number of other reasons.
Additional Benefits of Engineered Hardwood Flooring Installations
Beyond allergy relief, there are more reasons that engineered hardwood is a premium choice. This flooring is easy to clean and maintain, which is why a simple sweeping and mopping can eradicate allergens that seep inside. Engineered hardwoods are available in a wide array of finishes and can be easily refurbished and refinished as needed—even to simply change the colour for greater visual appeal. Because hardwood flooring lasts for decades when properly cared for, it tends to increase the value of the property which makes it a wise long-term investment in both one’s health and ROI interests.