As residential painters in Northern Colorado we are often asked, by our environmentally-concerned clientele, about Low-VOC paints and if they’re important. Because VOC’s, or volatile organic compounds are created from a number of man-made and natural products, reducing exposure to them wherever possible is recommended. According to a Consumers Report article VOC’s “contribute to ozone and smog formation and are linked to respiratory illnesses and memory impairment”. For those with already existing respiratory ailments contact with VOC’s should be avoided whenever possible as exposure to these compounds are a daily occurrence for most of us.
Almost all commercial and residential paints, even those labeled as Low-VOC, have some level of VOC’s. Paint manufacturers explain the higher VOC amounts as being important to better coverage and paint performance. Lowering VOC’s may lower the paint’s ability to cover surfaces well or to spread easily onto surfaces. Though the Federal government has set limits on VOC levels in paint, many manufacturers have produced a number of low, or no-VOC paints to appeal to a green, eco-friendly market.
At M&E Painting in Loveland and Fort Collins, we always strive to do our best for the environment and for the safety of our valued clients. We also focus on using only the safest but highest quality products and paints that, we have found, produce the results that meet our high standards. If you have more questions about the choice of painting materials that we choose at M&E Painting, please call us at (970) 207 – 1005; we’d be happy to hear from you.