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What is low-VOC paint and why do we use it?

on Sun, 07/10/2011 - 00:00

VOCs is short-hand for volatile organic compounds.

Until recently, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were an essential ingredient in paints. They were the solvents that were released as the paint dried. Some people have very strong reactions to them in the hours and days after a new coat of paint.

However, these compounds aren't released just during the initial drying process; they continue to be released into the air for years. Environmental regulations and consumer demand have led to the development of low-VOC and zero-VOC paints and finishes that are durable, cost-effective and less harmful to human and environmental health.

We have adopted low-VOC paints and finishes as our standard so that you can breathe easy when your job is complete.

And, of course, we apply two full coats of top-of-the-line low-VOC latex paints, allowing a minimum of two hours drying time between coats, whether it is an interior or exterior paint job. These steps help prevent problems such as peeling, blistering and cracking, which are often symptoms of an unprofessional paint job.