At Streamline Painting & More, we often come across homeowners who request us to use specialty paints, including low-VOC paints and green paints. Many of them include families with young children, people with sensitivity to allergies and expecting mothers. We fully understand your concerns about VOCs, which is why we personalize our products and services at all times to make sure our customers are 100% satisfied.
We’re a big fan of low-VOC and non-VOC paints because they don’t emit the overpowering odors that characterize the conventional paints. There’s nothing quite like the smell of a freshly painted interior, and for these reasons, most people welcome the sharp scent of painted walls and surfaces. However, most of these paints tend to have unhealthy side effects.
What Are VOCs?
VOC refers to volatile organic compounds, which are unstable, carbon-based gases that are released as the paint dries. The VOCs can also be released from paint even years after the paint has dried. From an environmentalist’s standpoint, VOCs deplete the ozone layer and are bad for the environment.
But perhaps the biggest concern is the harmful effect it can cause to your health. Environmental Protection Agency indicates that VOC paints can trigger mild to severe health problems, including frequent headaches, nausea and dizziness, and irritated eyes, nose, and throat.
For this reason, paints that contain these compounds are not recommended for people with allergies, asthmatic patients, nursery rooms, and expecting mothers. People in the above groups may generally experience minor respiratory irritation after a short exposure to VOC-based paint. Typically, latex paints are lower in VOCs than oil-based or enamel paints. But many homeowners feel more at ease when eco-friendly paints are used.
How to Find Greener Options
Once you’ve decided on the color scheme and which painting contractor to work with, it’s time to choose the paint. If this is the first time using eco-friendly paints, you might not be sure which brand or formulation to use.
Luckily, if you’re hiring a painting contractor such as Streamline Painting & More, you get a free consultation and help in choosing the best Zero-VOC and Low-VOC paint formulations across different brands. Meanwhile, here are a few healthy paint options that are already out there:
• Low-VOC Paints –as mentioned earlier, low-VOC paint release fewer emissions compared to conventional paints. Most low-VOC paints are made with water instead of petroleum solvents and tend to have lower levels of formaldehyde and other chemicals. Low-VOC paints have less than 200 VOC grams per liter of paint.
• Zero-VOC Paints –for the paint to qualify as a zero-VOC paint, it must contain less than 5 grams of VOC per litre. So in essence, they will have VOCs but with insignificant health effects. Ask your professional painter for more information before deciding since some companies introduce colorants and other additives that have some VOC.
• Plant-Based Paints –paint companies occasionally develop non-toxic paints made using natural materials such as beeswax, mineral dyes, plant oils, essential oils, resins, clay, natural latex, talcum, and other ingredients. These paints are typically Zero-VOC paints.
Generally, non-VOC and low-VOC paints cause fewer to no fumes during the painting and drying process. So even people with asthma or allergies can breathe without complications after painting has been completed. The best part is they cost nearly the same as regular paints since more companies are providing additional non-VOC competing paint options.
If you need your home in The Woodlands, Texas repainted in non-VOC or low-VOC paint, we would be more than happy to help. At Streamline Painting & More, we offer reliable, efficient and high-quality eco-friendly residential painting services. If you would like to give us a try, simply book a FREE estimate below or call us today on 936-718-8354 for more details.