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Zero VOC Paints Keep Washington DC Green!

Are you planning on re-painting the interior of your home but concerned about the toxins released through paint fumes?

Before beginning the process of painting the interior of your home and choosing paint, an important aspect to consider is the amount of Volatile Organic Compounds that are contained within the paint material. VOC’s are known carcinogens. Some VOC paints can also contain chemicals that have been linked to cancer. In addition, these hazardous chemicals that are released into the air of your home can put you or someone in your family at a greater risk of developing asthma or allergies.

Some studies have shown that the presence of these pollutants can be extremely concentrated following the application of interior paints. In fact, elevated VOC levels can persist long after the paint has dried in the room. Although lacquer and oil-based paints are more dangerous than water-based latex paints, many latex paints still contain some dangerous solvents.

The Ozone Transport Commission is a multi-state organization that was created as a result of the Clean Air Act. The Commission represents all of the Mid-Atlantic States in order to advise the EPA about ground-level ozone situations and possible solutions. In 2005, they implemented a series of VOC Regulations regarding paints, varnishes, lacquers, and paint solvents. These rules have been applied to all of the counties and cities within Northern Virginia, as well as, Washington DC implemented regulations

As a result of these new regulations, major paint manufacturers have responded and have re-formulated their paint products to be Zero VOC or Low VOC compliant. According to industry studies, these new Zero VOC paints perform better than the previous formulation latex paint that had high levels of VOC’s. They reportedly last longer, dry more quickly, and are safer to clean up than previously formulated paints.

The major paint companies like Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Behr, and Glidden have made great strides by offering paint products in every color and finish that are completely free of VOC’s. However, the downside is that a more complex energy-intensive manufacturing process is required to produce Zero VOC paint. Furthermore, even Zero VOC paints must always be disposed of properly at a hazardous material collection center in your community to prevent environmental contamination.

Davinci's Painting is excited that paint is now safer and becoming more safer for homeowners and painters in to consumers and painters in Northern Virginia. So do your family and the environment a favor, and ask us how we can use Low VOC or Zero VOC paints for your home!

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