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Are Harmful VOC’s Lurking in Your House?


skull-1426813_960_720VOC exposure on an individual level can be difficult to control, and fortunately, you probably don’t have to worry too much about getting sick from exposure if you don’t work with VOCs every day. However, if you feel like it’s important to do your small part in limiting the amount of VOCs that come into your home and get spread into the surrounding environment,

1) If possible, avoid using products containing VOCs. This is not always going to be possible, but there are more and more products coming into the market that are VOC-free. Opt for those whenever they are available.

2) Take the right precautions when using products containing VOCs. Proper ventilation is face-mask-98640_960_720number one on the list. For example, if you are painting your home’s interior, open the windows so that VOC fumes don’t accumulate indoors. Crack the bathroom window open if you’re painting your nails or removing nail polish. When using household cleaners, use the least amount that is needed to do the job effectively. Wear a mask while painting or working with other VOCs, particularly if you must be exposed for more than a few minutes.

3) Get to know the names of the types of VOC’s you are likely to run into when purchasing household products. Here’s partial list of some of the most common ones:


* Formaldehyde (yes, the same stuff they use to pickle biological specimens for preservation)

* Acetone

* Ethanol

* Carbon Disulfide

* Butanal

* Terpenes

* Toluene

* Dichlorobenzene

* Benzene

4) Opt for products with labels that say “No VOC’s” or “VOC-free.” If the label doesn’t say, check the list of ingredients to see if any of the above chemicals appear.

Why Does Tailored Living Care About VOC’s?


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PremierOne Elements flooring in “Copper”

Tailored Living is committed to doing its part for both the environment and for its customers. When it comes to VOC’s, we don’t want them in our products. Because VOC’s are commonly found in floor coatings (something Tailored Living works with frequently), we made sure they didn’t go into any of our exclusive, proprietary-blend garage floor coatings. Tailored Living’s PremierOne® Floor Coatings are VOC-free and create a permanent chemical bond with concrete floors. This super-strong bond means you won’t have to worry about your floor peeling. Not only that, but it will protect and preserve your concrete, which will increase its life span.


One of the best things about our PremierOne® Floor Coatings is that they’re not just aesthetically beautiful; they’re also practical. They won’t chip or fade, and they are ultra-stain resistant. In fact, the glossy finish repels stains and spills of all kinds, including the things you commonly keep in the garage, like gasoline, motor oil and cleaning fluids. Spills wipe up easily with a dry cloth, and the sealed barrier will not allow liquids of any kind (including water tracked in by tires) to penetrate to the concrete below.

At the end of the day, you get a garage floor that is protective and made to last for many years. Not only that, but you can feel confident about keeping harmful VOC’s out of your home and away from your family and even make a contribution to keeping the air clean and healthy.



Garage Customization with Premier NX Flooring: A Hardier, Longer-Lasting and More Convenient Garage Floor Alternative


Premier NX Garage Flooring  in Terra Cotta color, shown with car parked on the surface.

Premier NX Garage Flooring in Terra Cotta

For years, epoxy flooring was the first choice of garage owners for flooring.  Epoxy flooring has several advantages, including strong moisture and wear resistance.  The major drawback of epoxy flooring, however, is the extended dry time that is required for it to set completely.  Applying it to a garage floor meant inconvenience to the garage owner, who must wait days or even weeks to be able to use his garage again.


This is the major reason that Tailored Living and its sister company, Premier Garage, has partnered with Sika, a leading building products company, to offer its customers Premier NX garage flooring.  Premier NX gives customers a more convenient alternative to epoxy flooring for the garage.  Not only is it more convenient, the Premier NX modular system gives garage owners a variety of configuration options that will best meet his specific needs.  More importantly, it does not sacrifice the most beneficial qualities of traditional epoxy like durability and moisture and mold-resistance.


In fact, some of the major advantages of Premier NX over other garage flooring materials include:


* A lower maintenance and life cycle cost

* Seamless and impermeable

* Strong resistance to chemicals, such as motor oil, and provides superior protection from chemicals to substrate

* Protects substrate from physical force and blows

* Low odour in comparison to epoxy

* Easy to clean and maintain

* Helps to maintain a sanitary environment

* Sets quickly upon installation


Premier NX Garage Flooring in Smoke colour with design detailing in lighter and darker colors.

Premier NX Garage Flooring in Smoke colour.


The Premier NX flooring system is made up of three different but compatible materials.  These three materials can be put together in any combination and are typically tailored according to the needs of the building, room and owner.  Factors that are typically considered when creating a unique combination including foot traffic, mechanical wear, environmental conditions (temperature, moisture levels) chemical and slip resistance.


Premier NX flooring is often used in institutional buildings, such as schools and health care facilities, where sanitation is crucial, foot traffic is heavy and flooring is subject to force and heavy wear.  Its application in garages was also realized, since garage floors are subject to sudden and strong forces and heavy wear, and are often exposed to a variety of chemical substances, including caustic ones.  It is for these reasons that Tailored Living and Premier Garage partnered with Sika to bring this unique flooring system into the home garage renovation business.


In controlled testing, Premier NX flooring demonstrated a tensile strength of 6500 psi and a bond strength of 500 psi.  It also maintained a Hardness Shore D rating of 75.


Premier NX Garage Floor Coating in Scottsdale color/design, shown up close with detail.

Premier NX Garage Floor Coating in Scottsdale color/design, shown up close.