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Prescott Interior Painting Tips: Green Paints

Prescott Interior PaintingTake a look around at some of the products being sold by your favorite retailers in Prescott, AZ today and you’ll see that “going green” isn’t just a catch phrase anymore; it’s a way of living. But living green isn’t just about driving a hybrid car or eating organic foods. It’s now expanded into how we decorate our homes. In fact, there are more environmentally-friendly home-decorating products to choose from than ever before.

That’s because until a few years ago, if you wanted to decorate green you had to spend the green — cash, that is. Today, however, many mainstream big box retailers and home furnishing and decor stores located in Prescott have taken notice of the surge in the green, environmentally friendly decorating trend. In response, they now offer affordable green home-decorating products that once were only available from pricey specialty stores.

Even though it’s more affordable, there are still plenty of questions about what types of green home-decorating products are out there and what actually makes them green. There are many resources available aimed at helping you navigate through the sometimes overwhelming world of green home decorating. Here, we will discuss one of the easiest ways to go “green” with your interior decor as well as why this product is an important investment. We’re talking about interior paint.

Green Paints for Interior Painting Projects in Prescott

One of the first things people do when they redecorate is paint. And one of the easiest ways to incorporate green decorating into your home’s decor is by using a green paint that doesn’t contain harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can evaporate into your home’s air. There are many affordable low- or no-VOC painting products on the market today in Prescott, you just have to know what to look for.

The effects of VOCs in paint on indoor air quality

Indoor air is one of the top five health risks according to the Environmental Protection Agency in the USA. One of the main contributors to a deteriorating indoor air quality are the paints and solvents used. Solvents contain VOC, which stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. Volatile Organic Compounds are compounds that have high enough vapor pressures to vaporize under normal temperatures and conditions and enter the Earth’s atmosphere. They can be synthetic or they can be natural but that has no effect on whether they are harmful to the atmosphere or inhabitants of the indoors of buildings.

VOCs were used extensively in the manufacturing of paints, coatings, glues and other construction materials. Oil based paints and solvents in particular had a very high level of VOCs. The levels in latex, or acrylic based paints were lower but still significant enough to be harmful. In the 80s, especially after scientists started realizing the effect on the Earth’s ozone layer, governments started regulating the toxic levels of many substances including paints and coatings. It should be noted here, that the focus of governments and industry later, was mostly on Volatile Organic Compounds within paint, that affect the atmosphere by reacting with sunlight to produce low levels of ozone.

Although the main reasons for doing so were atmospheric and the damage to the environment, the result was a closer look at the health effects of VOCs on indoor air. From eye irritations to asthma attacks, dizziness and nausea, to the long term effects on the liver and kidneys and cancer, solvents, Exposure to VOC’s is now well known to be very harmful. Regulations aside, this new discussion and knowledge has educated consumers on the harmful effects of paints and solvents. That “smell of new paint” was not associated with fresh or clean any more.

Paint manufacturers responded to this new reality by reducing the amount of VOCs in paint and producing and marketing paints that contain less harmful substances. Almost every paint company now has a zero VOC line or two of paint, available and widely marketed. When the marketplace and industry are after the same general purpose, the obvious result is better and safer paint.

Taking this issue to the next level, closer attention is paid to the effects of other substances in paint that are not regulated for atmospheric purposes by the government. More money is spent on Research and Development on how to produce paint that is safe to use and be exposed to. As a result, new paints are produced by the mainstream manufacturers that claim to be, and many times are, safer to use. Beyond the “me too” hype of everything being sold being environmentally friendly, paints now are safer and getting to be safer, to consumers and applicators.

So when shopping for green paints for your Prescott interior painting project, look for products that contain no (or at least low) VOCs. If you are hiring a Prescott painting contractor, ask them what types of paints they use, and if they offer any green painting options.

From the largest to the smallest products, as green decorating continues to grow in popularity, so will your shopping options. As they do, just remember to be prepared and do your research before you leave your house and head out to the store. Choosing your eco-friendly home decorations should make you feel good about helping the environment, not stress you out.

If you are looking for a Prescott painting contractor then please call 928.778.2902 or complete our online request form.

 

If you are looking for a Prescott painting contractor then please call 928.778.2902 or complete our online request form.