Two items that should be considered when evaluating the safety of a vinyl flooring product are VOCs and dioxin. Look for products that are FloorScore-certified to ensure that you are getting the safest floors possible.
With the groundbreaking 60 Minutes report in March 2015 about Lumber Liquidators misrepresentation of the formaldehyde emissions of its laminate products, many questions have arisen about the safety of various flooring products. Although formaldehyde emissions are much less prevalent in vinyl flooring compared to laminate (where the fiberboard or hardboard core is made of a high percentage of adhesive), there are still emissions concerns to consider with vinyl flooring.
The two items to consider are VOCs, which can emit during the life of the floor, and dioxin, which emits if the floor is incinerated (not a concern during the life of the floor, but a post-consumer concern if it burns in a landfill).
At Flooret, we set out to only carry products we believe in. Our opinion on vinyl is that it is an extremely durable, waterproof solution that provides a long life cycle. We believe that when compared to similarly priced solutions like laminate or carpet, the safety record of FloorScore-certified vinyl is significantly higher and better enforced. We are also confident in the future of vinyl disposal and believe that vinyl floors will soon be easily recyclable. When taken together, we feel confident in the safety of vinyl for our customers and our families.