The current state of our environment is nothing to ignore. We now know enough that nearly everything we’ve done in the past and continue to do is affecting our world in a very negative way. From the chemicals we inject into our food to the toxic poison known as VOC (volatile organic compounds ) that we paint on our walls, we are destroying our planet.
VOC is a solvent that was created to help paint dry quickly, allow for a smooth finish and help control the thickness and hardness of the painting process. However, VOC is also one of the most common pollutants that is contributing to our ozone layer damage. And the amount of VOC solvent in an ordinary latex paint is an astounding 200 to 300 grams per liter.
And with the growing concern of our environment, the paint industry soon realized they needed to create a painting product that was eco-friendly and free from VOC, which lead to the development of a water based substance that gave professional house painters and homeowners a green alternative.
There’s no doubt that paints for the environmentally conscious have come a long way over the past several years, however when it comes to exterior painting, there are still a few limitations. One of the biggest concerns when it comes to exterior paints is the very small amount of glycol that is used to help create a good finish in cold weather conditions.
However, there have been a few recent products, which allow exterior paints to become more eco-friendly. Unfortunately because of the limited selection, the price can be as high as a whopping $60 per gallon for homeowners looking to go green and even more for those who’ve chosen to hire an exterior house painting service. Keep in mind however, depending on the services you choose, you could cut some costs by doing the prep work yourself.
The good news through all of this is, the federal government has taken notice of the toxic poisons used by many paint manufacturers and created regulations to make sure paints are more eco-friendly so that we can all breathe just a little bit easier.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean every contractor or paint company you choose will abide by those regulations, so do your homework if you’re concerned about what kind of paint goes on the exterior of your home. Remember, it never hurts to ask questions.