Before we can discuss the benefits of talking to your green home builder about using low VOC paint in your home, it’s important to explain exactly what VOCs are.
VOCs are Volatile Organic Compounds. VOCs are unstable, carbon-containing compounds that can easily vaporize. Once they enter the air, they react with other elements and lead to pollution. Breathing in this polluted air can lead to headaches, breathing problems, burning or watery eyes, nausea, asthma, and even cancer. While the EPA has set some limits on the levels of VOCs, the “acceptable” levels can still be very high in some paints.
While VOC levels are highest during painting and as it dries, paints with high VOC content can continue to release toxins for several years. This means that even if you are nowhere near your home during the painting process, you will be breathing in the toxins for years to come.
Take a look at the benefits of using Low VOC paints in your luxury home.
1. Cleaner air
The most obvious benefit of using low VOC paint is that you are going to maintain a better level of air quality within your home. If you use low VOC paints throughout your house, you won’t have to worry about inhaling dangerous fumes during or after the painting process. Keep in mind that paints that release higher levels of VOCs can cause a variety of health issues, spanning from aggravating allergies to causing permanent respiratory issues. As a St. Louis green home builder, this is something we work hard to eliminate in the homes we build.
2. No strong odors
Whether you are painting your luxury home yourself or having your green home builder take care of it, the odor of paint can be quite an obstacle. Paint doesn’t always dry quickly, and the chemical scent of paint containing high levels of VOCs can prevent you from getting back into your home. With Low VOC paints, the painting process is safer and you’ll be able to get back into your home quicker because the air will not be polluted with strong odors.
3. It’s cost effective
It’s a common misconception that low VOC paint will be far more expensive than the hazardous alternative, but this is simply not true. Low VOC paints are very similar in price and can be found at your neighborhood hardware store. You can pay comparable prices for safer paint, which means more money to spend on personal touches in your luxury home.
4. Easier Cleanup
Low VOC paints are easier to clean up by using just soap and water. Scuff marks, dirt smudges, and your kid’s creative art project will all be easier to clean up.
5. It’s durable and long lasting
In the past, it was believed that the harmful VOCs were an essential part of the paint, but this is not the case. Low VOC paints often prove to be even more durable and last longer than their high VOC counterparts, so you’ll be enjoying a freshly painted look for quite some time.
You’ve likely heard the term low VOC paint and looked into it for your custom home, but do you know what it means? VOC’s are Volatile Organic Compounds (toxins) and they can be released into the air for years after paint is applied. In this video, Jason Montgomery with Sherwin Williams paints tell us more about low VOC paint and why you should consider using it for your next home improvement project. There really are many benefits to low VOC paint, both in terms of product performance and your health. We use low VOC paints in many of our custom homes and our clients could not be more pleased with the performance and health benefits.
Talk to your energy efficient and green home builder about the low VOC paint options they have available. The popularity of low VOC paints has allowed the color choices to increase dramatically, so you are sure to find just the right shade of eco-friendly paint for your custom home.