With the growing popularity of environmental-friendly products, more and more companies are offering paint labeled either “Low VOC” or “No VOC.” While these labels sound positive, it’s important to understand exactly what they mean.
What Is VOC?
VOC stands for “volatile organic compound.” VOCs are found in many building materials and are partially responsible for that new paint smell. Unfortunately, these unstable chemicals release gasses that are harmful to people and the environment, which is why the government regulates them.
Since VOCs are found in paints, they can also build up quite a bit in a home or building. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), studies have found that levels of several organics average two to five times higher indoors than outdoors.
When inhaled, VOCs can contribute to health problems, including headaches, nausea, and even damage to the liver, kidneys, or central nervous system. It makes sense to use products with minimal amounts of VOCs whenever possible.
Advantages of Low VOC paint
The lingering odor of paint containing high levels of VOCs can prevent you from getting back into your business and can disturb residents. With low VOC paints the application odor is minimal, allowing you to get back to business sooner.
Low VOC paints have reduced amounts of volatile organic compounds, meaning they don’t release as much harmful gas as traditional paints. However, it is important to remember that when it says “low” it’s only in comparison to other paints, and there are currently no standards that define what “low” means.
Today, low VOC paints dry more quickly, provide great coverage, they offer a durable finish and can also be applied to many different surfaces, but the biggest advantage to low VOC paint is that there is very little odor.
Protection for your business
In today’s litigious business environment, using low VOC paint may provide a layer of protection against a potential lawsuit from a resident, patient, or shopper with hypersensitivity to the irritants of conventional coatings.
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