Painting Companies in Kitchener are Going Green to improve air quality
A new house may smell refreshing; ripe with new beginnings. The familiar fresh paint may excite you, but when you start to feel dizzy, don’t try to mistake it for happiness. Chances are your conventional paint is diffusing its usual culprits of heady compounds: a mix of greenhouse gases, including formaldehyde and benzene. With paint manufacturers across continents compelled to comply with their governments’ regulations to limit toxic paint emissions that harm the environment, paint makers all over, including established painting companies in Kitchener, are introducing more eco-friendly paints in the market.
Indoor air quality can be affected by the toxins released by the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in paints and finishes. These VOCs are solvents that help blend the ingredients of hardeners, adhesives, pigments, and drying accelerators, among others. Even with low VOCs, trace elements of these substances may remain; nonetheless, paint manufacturers have produced cost-effective paints intended to be less injurious to human and environmental health. When we finally have zero-VOC paints in the market, the health benefits are significant. Here are some of them.
- Health- Reduced toxins benefit everyone, including those with allergies and chemical sensitivities.
- Environment- Reduces landfill, groundwater and ozone depleting contaminants.
- Water-Based- Easy cleanup wtih soap and warm water.
- Little or No Hazardous Fumes- Low odor during application; no odor once cured. No off-gassing. Painted areas can be occupied sooner, with no odor complaints.
- Not Deemed Hazardous Waste- Cleanup and disposal greatly simplified.
Furthermore, Eartheasy.com identifies the VOC-related terms to watch out for:
Zero VOC – With paint VOCs ranging from 5 g/L, paint manufacturers claim Zero VOC on the label although color tints added may actually kick up the level to 10 grams/L. There are also premium-grade VOC paints in the market with VOC-free colorants and are without toxic biocides. Some independent organization, such as Green Seal, test paints to ensure they conform to the highest standards of eco-friendly application.
Low VOC – Although some paint manufacturers tout eco-friendly VOC levels in their products (50 g/L VOCs), the reality is the addition of colorants pushes up the VOC levels to more than twice its level. Nevertheless, water, and not petroleum-based solvents is used as a carrier, and thus somewhat lowers the toxic emissions. Legally, paints and stains should not contain more than 200 g/L, but should try to meet the 50 g/L threshold. When you go for Kitchener painting services in your home, ask for certified low-VOC paints—these paints have lower than 50 g/L (for flat sheen).
Natural Paints and Finishes – Water or oil-based paints give off faint citrusy smell produced from natural raw ingredients, such as plant oils, dyes, and resins, or from natural minerals, such as clay, chalk and talcum. Water-based natural paints almost give off no smell. Casein paint, on the other hand, are made from milk proteins, lime and non-toxic pigments.
(Source: Non-Toxic Paints, eartheasy.com)