Is low VOC paint better than regular paints?

Learn what makes these paints safer to use for your home.

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    What are VOCs?

    VOCs are volatile organic compounds that vaporize easily at room temperature and are usually found in the solvents used for paints.

    Giving your home a fresh new interior paint can do wonders for it, but the paint you choose for your home’s interior may not always be safe and may contain certain chemicals called VOCs.

    These VOCs help the paint dry faster and improve the quality of the coat.

    Should I ask professional painters for help?

    Painting your home’s interior by yourself isn’t difficult and learning a few tips and tricks can help you with any paint job.

    Knowing which paint is the right one for your home’s interior, however, requires a bit of professional knowledge.

    Professional painters have access to the best paints available and they can offer you paints with low VOC content, for a safe interior paint job.

    Why should I worry about VOCs?

    VOCs are harmful and can cause many kinds of health problems when they come into contact with the skin or if they are breathed in.

    When the paint dries, it starts to emit these harmful chemicals, like formaldehyde into your home’s indoor air; they can irritate your eyes, skin, nose, and may even cause dizziness.

    These VOCs are especially dangerous if you or anyone in your home has asthma as they can be a trigger.

    What’s worse is that VOC-containing paints will continue emitting these chemicals into your home for many years, continuously contaminating your indoor air.

    How do low VOC paints differ from regular wall paint?

    As its name suggests, they have a lower VOC content than regular paint.

    Regular paint usually has 50 grams of VOCs per liter. Thanks to its low VOC content, low VOC paints will not emit nearly as much VOCs into the air as regular paint, making it safer to use in a home, especially one with children.

    These paints don’t give off a strong odor, like most VOC-containing paints that smell very pungent and could make some people feel sick.

    How do low VOC paints differ from regular wall paint?

    How do low VOC paints differ from regular wall paint?

    When selecting paint, most people tend to spend a lot of time choosing the best color and sheen, but hardly give any thought to the VOC level marked on the paint container. Most people don’t even know what VOC is.

    Professional painters in San Diego—we use safe paint, always.

    At J Brown Painting, we always place the utmost importance on the health and safety of our customers. We use high-quality Sherwin Williams paint with low VOC content for your interiors, for a safe indoor environment.

    Our crew consists of talented and experienced painters, who can guarantee a paint job rivaling what big companies offer while giving you the support of a small company.

    We always give our customers a perfect paint job and stay well within timelines and budgets; our hardworking team will work according to your schedule and we’ll go the extra mile to ensure the job is done!

    You’ll only need to give us a payment of 10% upfront and we will only collect the rest if you’re satisfied with our work :)

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