Among the traits of the best commercial painting contractors in Danville is that they consider the interests of their clients. While they may make suggestions before or during the project, the owner of the property still has the final say.
One of the usual concerns is paint. Almost always, the customers mainly talk about the color of the paint, and sometimes the finish of the paint. But for others who are a little more sensitive, they may request that the paint should not pose health issues.
So, before painters start their paint project, they make sure they know what’s in the paint that will cover their clients’ homes. There’s nothing more satisfying than to see your home freshly painted. As the paint dries, they release volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). These noxious vapors escape into the air, affecting your home’s indoor air quality.
Those vapors are what causes that “fresh paint” odor that gives people headaches, dizziness, and vertigo. Constant or long-term exposure to paints with VOC’s can cause more serious health problems, such as various respiratory issues and even memory loss.
VOC’s are commonly found in traditional paints, which have been flagged not just as potential health hazard for humans and pets, but also a potential danger to the environment. Many homeowners do not realize how bad the chemicals in the paints are to their health and environment.
Selecting non-toxic paints is a good idea not just the high-traffic areas (such as the kitchen), but also in areas where you need to relax and recharge (like the bedroom and living room). Non-toxic paints are the best option especially if you or your family members have sensitive health issues.
There are paints on the market that are labeled “low VOC” and “zero VOC.” Depending on the client’s preference, professional painters may use either of those to paint their homes.
Low VOC – These are paints that have reduced amounts of VOC’s, meaning they don’t emit as much noxious gases as traditional paints. Low VOC paints are typically water-based and contain very little amount of formaldehyde or heavy metals. They should contain fewer than 50 grams per liter of VOC’s.
It is important to remember, though, that “low VOC paints” only means that they have lower amounts of VOC’s in comparison to traditional paints.
Zero VOC – Paints labeled as “zero VOC” doesn’t mean that they have no VOC or any other chemicals at all. They may contain very little amounts of VOC’s – usually fewer than five grams per liter. They may also contain other harmful chemicals. In fact, the tints may have some amounts of VOC’s.
That said, these paints are still better option compared to traditional paints. Great brands with low VOC paints include Kelly-Moore, Behr, Farrow & Ball, and Para, while brands that have no VOC options include AFM Safecoat, Behr, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams, and Yolo Colorhouse. You can also find other paint manufacturers that make low VOC and zero VOC paints as well.
Eco-friendly paints have a comparatively small niche in the market, but they have grown in popularity especially among health- and environmentally conscious homeowners. These paints are made from natural ingredients (some of them are even food-based) and their drying rate is almost as good as that of traditional paints. And best of all – they do not emit vapors and odors that can impair one’s health and cause harm to the environment. Among the popular paint brands include Anna-Sova, Benjamin Moore, BioShield, Clare, Earth Pigments, ECOS Paints and Real Milk Paint Co. Look for other companies that also manufacture eco-friendly paints.
These paints are usually pricey– normally about $5 to $10 more per gallon – but they’re well worth it for your health and for the environment.
The best commercial painting contractors in Danville are ready to help you choose paints that not only protect and beautify your home, but also preserve your health.