February 5th, 2016
Paint contains three different types of chemicals: binders, pigments, and solvents. The binders allow the paint to adhere to a variety of surfaces, the pigments give the paint its vibrant color, and the solvents keep the paint liquid until it is applied. Though all types of interior and exterior paint contain these components, not all paint is the same. Lower-quality brands often contain high concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause several harmful effects. Choose high-quality, low-VOC paint to:
Avoid Health ProblemsMost VOCs in paint are found in the solvent. The solvent is designed to dry out after a short period of time, which means that it evaporates directly off of the freshly painted surface. When paint is applied to the interior of your home or commercial space, this means that the VOCs can contaminate the indoor air, which can lead to respiratory problems and a variety of other health concerns. Low-VOC paints use alternative solvents, often with a water base, to reduce the concentration of toxic chemicals. Choose low-VOC paints to safeguard the health of your family or your employees.
Protect the EnvironmentWhen you have the exterior of your home or business painted, you should still choose low-VOC paints. Because the volume of paint used to cover a building’s exterior is quite large, using inferior paint can release many VOCs into the surrounding air. In addition, not all toxic compounds evaporate when the paint dries, and high-VOC paints can continue leeching contaminants into the air for many years after their initial application. To keep harmful chemicals from entering your local watershed and ecosystem, always use low-VOC paints for exterior applications.
If you hire Palette Pro Painting & Renovation to paint the interior or exterior of your home or commercial building, we can help you choose environmentally friendly, low-VOC paints. No matter the size or scale of the paint job you require, we will help you select a color scheme and provide meticulous, high-quality work. If you are in the Fairfield County or Westchester County area, call us today at 800-687-9470 to schedule a free estimate.