Painting your home with low VOC paints is absolutely crucial these days. Not only are they durable and long-lasting, but they are much less harmful to both you and the environment than normal, VOC containing paints. In this post we will explain what these mysterious VOCs are and the benefits of using zero or low VOC paint.
What are VOCs?
VOCs are Volatile Organic Compounds. More simply put, they are carbon compounds that can easily vaporize and lead to air pollution and cause serious health concerns when inhaled. Some common health problems linked to the inhalation of VOCs are asthma, headaches, respiratory diseases and cancer. Although VOC levels are highest during painting and as the paint is drying, some paints with high VOC levels can continue to give of toxins for up to several years afterwards.
Benefits of Using Low VOC Paints
Besides the obvious benefit of limiting you and your family’s exposure to harmful chemicals, low VOC paints have many other benefits. Since they have less added chemicals, they have much less of a strong “paint” odor which can hinder when you are able to safely move back into your home after a big paint job. Also, due to their lack of harmful chemicals, they are easier to dispose of and effectively minimize harmful waste going into the environment. They are just as, if not more, durable than their high VOC counterparts, so the choice when it comes to paints is really a no-brainer.
Choose a Painting Contractor that Uses Low and Zero VOC Paints
Here at Paint Denver, we choose to use only zero and low VOC paint because we care about the health and safety of your families and our employees. Learn more about our philosophy to provide the highest quality work with the least amount of impact to you and the environment,