VOC’s (or Volatile Organic Compounds) are unstable, carbon-containing compounds that readily vaporize into the air. When they enter the air, they react with other elements to produce ozone, which causes air pollution and a host of health issues including breathing problems, headache, burning, watery eyes, and nausea. Some VOCs also have been linked to cancer, as well as kidney and liver damage.
As the paint dries, these harmful VOCs are released into the air at high levels. Indoor VOC levels are routinely 10 times higher than outdoor levels, which is why there has been a surge in consumer demand for healthier options. Latex paint, which has lower VOC levels and is generally more environmentally friendly than oil-based paints, uses water-based solvents. No- and Low-VOC Paints have emerged in the marketplace as the healthiest option for indoor painting.
At Weinmann Painting, we give our clients the option of choosing no or low-VOC paints for their interior painting projects. We can also discuss ways to protect their health and that of their family during any painting project.