Our family’s safety is always at the forefront of our minds, and when it comes to painting our homes their health and wellbeing can play a part in helping you decide how to paint your home and what to paint it with. It is important to be aware about some of the important factors that may be overlooked when planning to freshen up your home.
Paint quality is a big concern if you have children in your house. Bad quality paints can be harmful and can prove to be allergenic. We have already discussed about the dangers involved in lead painting in our August, 2013 blog post. However, the good news is you can find some really great premium paints that are safe, without sacrificing the look and colour of your home.This article have insane detail about safe painting.So keep reading.
Eco Friendly Painting
In the past eco-friendly paints were a very small market, with only a couple of suppliers offering paints that could be comparable to conventional paints in their colour and quality. Luckily, many big brands opting to create more eco-friendly options now a days.
Eco-friendly paints are many and varied at present, with companies like Farrow and Ball converting their whole paint range to a water based formula to reduce the solvents in their products. These paints contain many natural ingredients like clay and linseed oil along with natural pigments for colour.
VOCs or ‘Volatile Organic Compounds’ are some of the most harmful chemicals found in paint. VOCs are carbon containing compounds that are unstable enough to readily vaporize into the air around you. These chemicals include toluene, xylene, ethyl acetate, formaldehyde, methylene chloride and glycol. When combined with other elements in the air they produce ozone which causes air pollution and, when inhaled, severe health issues.
Long term exposure to some VOCs have been linked to cancer, kidney and liver damage and have been known to effect eyes and lungs and cause headaches and nausea. VOCs have also been strongly linked to irritating respiratory problems such as asthma and allergies in children. The good news is paint companies are now producing low and zero VOC paints to eliminate these harmful compounds from the painting process.
When painting your home you don’t just have to think about the new paint, you should also consider the paint that is already on your walls. If you have an old house or garage that hasn’t been painted recently, it is very possible that the last coat of paint it got contained lead. Removal of lead paint should be left to a professional who has all the right equipment and procedures in place.
If you have any old peeling paint it could pose a significant health risk to your family and you should not ignore the need to deal with it. If you have small children who may ingest chips or if you are performing home improvement works which include scraping, sanding or burning you should be particularly wary of the dangers and call a professional to test for lead and remove any hazardous material.
Because of these dangers, it can often be in your best interest to speak with a professional painter about any painting you are about to do. Priority One Coatings has a strong foundation in the industry and many years’ experience. We specialize in lead removal and offer a number of different paint formulation options. We are here to discuss how best to provide a safe environment for you and your family.