Friday, August 2, 2013

Should I request a low-VOC exterior paint?


Should I request a low-VOC exterior paint?

All top brand paint companies are now offering low VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) in their paint. These reformulated paints reduce VOC's which help protect our ozone layer. Interior paint and other interior finishes containing VOC's may pose a health hazard when occupants breathe VOC emissions.

If you stick to a higher quality of paint, they are usually all low VOC, professional painters usually only work with higher quality of paint because frankly it makes their job easier and their finishes nicer. If you ask your contractor or your painter for low VOC I wouldn’t be surprised if the answer you get is that they are already using it. It is a more expensive paint but it does apply better and more evenly to drywall allowing a painter to use less of the product.

The best thing to do is to consult your general contractor and let him look into it for you.

Rob Abbott
Operations Manager
Village Builders Inc.

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