What is Zero/Low-VOC Paint and How Could it Benefit Your Commercial Space?

Posted on Friday, May 15, 2020

What is Zero/Low-VOC Paint and How Could it Benefit Your Commercial Space?

What to Know About Environmentally Friendly Paint

Using Environmentally Friendly Paint in Your Commercial Space

If you own a business, you want your commercial space to be a safe, clean, welcoming environment. Maintaining your facility will keep your employees happy and healthy, and keep customers coming back. This is why it's a good idea to invest in commercial painting services when your walls or exterior begin to fade or become damaged. But what kind of paint is best for your commercial space? Sure, you have to consider things like color, sheen, and durability. But more importantly, you must think about what materials make up the paint.

Over the years, many paint brands have made an effort to manufacture safer, more environmentally-friendly products. But not all paint is created equal. Some paints still contain a host of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which can be hazardous in various ways. At Kaloutas, we offer zero- and low-VOC paint options to our clients in an effort to help you create a safer, healthier workplace. Let's dive deeper into low- and zero-VOC paint and how it can benefit your business.

What is Zero- or Low-VOC Paint?

As mentioned above, VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. These compounds include chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene, just to name a few. You don't need a degree in organic chemistry to simply know that these compounds can pose health risks to humans and harm the environment. The EPA warns that VOCs may lead to nausea; irritation of the eyes, throat, and nose; and even damage one's kidney, liver, or central nervous system.

If you're wondering why paint would contain VOCs at all, it's because VOCs allow paint to remain liquid when stored and aid in the evaporation process necessary for drying. VOCs are also largely responsible for those unpleasant paint fumes you might have smelled in the past. Low-VOC paint, as the name suggests, contains fewer VOCs than standard paint, and zero-VOC paint cuts out VOCs entirely. As a result, these eco friendly paint options greatly reduce the typical paint odor, as well as the dangers related to VOCs hanging around the workplace.

Benefits of Using Low-VOC Paint

As you might imagine, low- and zero-VOC paint options yield a number of benefits for your commercial space. For one thing, their finished, dried state is indistinguishable from any other type of paint, even though they're manufactured differently. Your workplace's interior will look just as good when using low-VOC interior paint. More importantly, low-VOC paint will help keep your space safer and healthier, so your staff and guests can breathe easy day in and day out.

There are also external benefits to using low-VOC paint, such as doing your part to help the environment. Plus, making it known that your company uses environmentally friendly paint can certainly help your reputation in an age where more and more people care about these matters. Whether you own a retail store, office space, or restaurant, low-VOC paint is always a great option. Kaloutas is happy to offer these low- and zero-VOC paint options to you and all our clients.

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Kaloutas is New England's premier contractor for commercial & industrial painting, flooring, and related services. Established in 1987, Kaloutas has become a trusted resource for general contractors, facilities managers, and building owners from Connecticut to Maine. Our team prides itself on high quality workmanship, jobs done on time & budget, and tackling complex projects that other contractors don't have the experience or resources to handle. Contact us today for a painting or flooring estimate, or give us a call at 978-532-1414 to learn more.

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