Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a by product of the manufacture and use of many products, including paints, primers, and varnishes. Many coatings will continue to emit VOCs for years after application, which can diminish indoor air quality.
Low VOC coatings use water as a carrier instead of oil-based solvents, resulting in lower levels of harmful emissions. Certified coatings also contain no, or very low levels, of heavy metals and formaldehyde. The amount of VOC’s varies among different “low-VOC” products. Low VOC paints will still emit an odor until dry.

Benefits of Low-VOC Paints:

  • Less irritating odors
  • Fewer harmful emissions
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Less need to vacate the home

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