Paint contains three different types of chemicals: binders, pigments and solvents. The binders allow the paint to adhere to a variety of surfaces, the pigments give the paint its vibrant colour, and the solvents keep the paint liquid until it’s applied. Though all types of interior and exterior paint contain these components, not all paint is the same. Lower quality brands often contain high concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause several harmful effects.
Ideally you should choose high-quality, low-VOC paint in order to:
- Avoid Health Problems – Most VOCs in paint are found in the solvent. The solvent is designed to dry out after a short period of time, which means that it evaporates directly off of the the freshly painted surface. When paint is applied to the interior of your home or commercial space, this means that the VOCs can contaminate the indoor air, which can lead to respiratory problems and a variety of other health concerns. Low VOC paints use alternative solvents, often water base to reduce the concentration of toxic chemicals. Choose low-VOC paints to safeguard the health of your family or your employees.
- Protect the Environment – When you have the exterior of your home or business pained, you should still choose low-VOC paints, this is because the volume of paint used to cover a building’s exterior is quite large, using inferior paint can release many VOCs into the surrounding air. In addition, not all toxic compounds evaporate when the paint dries, and high-VOC paints can continue leeching contaminants into the air for many years after their initial application. To keep harmful chemicals from entering your local watershed and ecosystem, always use low-VOC paints for exterior applications.
If you hire Fairway Decorating Services Ltd to paint the interior or exterior of your commercial/ industrial building, we can help your choose environmentally friendly, low-VOC paints. No matter the size or scale of the paint job you require, our expert contractors will help you select a color scheme and provide meticulous, high-quality work. We provide a nationwide service throughout the UK so no matter where you are based, get in touch with us to provide you with the ideal painting solution for your commercial or industrial premises!