While new homes have a cachet for being better than older homes and renovations are sold as being better for you than your current home’s layout, there are times when new materials are more dangerous than the older ones. In other cases, renovations to remove dangerous materials create new threats to your family.In this article, we’re going to expose six toxic construction materials you should avoid at all costs and replace them with greener construction supplies.

Lead Paint

Lead was added to paint to increase its durability, speed up its drying process and help it resist moisture. Lead paint was banned in 1978, but many older homes still contain lead paint. Work with companies that have the ZOTA lead paint certification so they know how to safely remove lead paint without creating a new health hazard to your home. This ensures that those removing the paint don’t leave fine dust that is a hazard to breathe or small chips of toxic paint a child could consume. Lead contaminated dust remains one of the leading causes of lead poisoning today.

Old Carpets

Your carpet is the biggest air filter in your home. Trapping dirt and moisture, it can become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. The risk your carpet poses goes up if you’ve been using carpet shampoos to try to lift stains but never removed all the cleaning agents out of the carpets. There are new carpets that release volatile organic compounds like acetaldehyde into the air, an issue enough to have sickened carpet installers. You can reduce this risk by venting your home out for 72 hours after the carpet is installed. Switching…