The Benefits of Using Acrylic Based (low voc) Paints
VOCs or volatile organic compounds are organic chemical compounds which have significant vapor pressures and which can affect the environment and human health. VOCs are mostly found in paint and coatings. Low-VOC paints and zero-VOC paints are considered to be more environmentally friendly and healthier for the environment in comparison to oil based paints. They help reduce ozone-depleting contaminants.
Some of the advantages of low/zero-VOC paints:
1. Low-VOC paints are less toxic and cause less toxic emissions.
2. Low-VOC paints have a lower odor and less impact on the air quality, which makes them perfect for schools, hospitals and of course homes.
3. Low-VOC paints are less likely to cause allergies due to reduced toxin levels.
With the inroads made by paint manufacturing companies into the durability of acrylic based paints, they now offer the consumer an equal if not better product than the oil based variety. Colortrend based in Kildare have developed a range of acylic based paints which tick all the boxes in regard to painting performance. With excellent coverage, durability, long lasting finish as well as being 100% Irish, they are the professionals choice.
According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency research, even a short exposure to paints with high VOC levels may cause serious health problems, including eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness and memory impairment.
So if you’re thinking of beginning a paint project, make sure to use low VOC paints. The advantages, at this juncture, far outweigh the disadvantages.