Making Painting More Environmentally Friendly

Posted on: September 26th, 2018 by M Carlson Painting

What are the benefits of low and zero VOC paints?

Are you planning your next painting project? Are you trying to be eco-friendly? The best way to stay green during your next painting project is by working with low or zero VOC paints.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), VOCs, or “Volatile Organic Compounds,” are extremely unstable and hazardous, carbon containing compounds that can easily evaporate into the air at room temperature.

VOC paints are often associated with that “fresh-paint smell,” but in reality the paint isn’t fresh at all.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), VOCs can be damaging to your health and can cause eye, nose and throat irritation; frequent headaches, nausea, asthma; can damage the liver, kidney and central nervous system and can even cause cancer.

VOC levels are at its highest when paint is drying, but high VOC paints can still release toxins for several years after doing a paint job. It’s very important to pick a company that uses low of zero VOC paints, such as Lake Minnetonka’s M Carlson Painting.

Low or no VOC paints have a multitude of benefits:

  • Cleaner Air: Low VOC paints maintain a better air quality in your home and it ensures that you, your family and your painting contractors will stay protected and will not be inhaling dangerous fumes during your next painting project.
  • No strong odors:Paint doesn’t always dry quickly and those strong paint odors can make any painting job difficult. By switching to a low VOC paint, the air in your home becomes safer and it will not be polluted with strong odors.
  • It’s cost effective: It’s a common misconception that low VOC paints are more expensive than paints with high VOC levels. That’s untrue! Low VOC paints are often around the same price range as other paints allowing you to stay safe without affecting your budget. Low VOC paints also require fewer coats than high VOC paints. So if a low VOC gallon is double the price of that of a high VOC gallon remember you’ll be getting more bang for each gallon, saving you money in the end.
  • It’s durable:Low VOC paints are more durable than their high VOC counterparts, so you can enjoy the freshly painted look for quite some time.

Your favorite Lake Minnetonka painting contractors at M Carlson Painting work with low or no VOC paints to make sure you and your family stay protected. Be sure to ask more about the benefits of low VOC paints during your next consultation.

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