When it comes to painting your home, the choices you make can impact not only the aesthetics but also the indoor air quality. Enter low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) paint, a revolutionary solution that offers a healthier and more environmentally conscious alternative to traditional paints.

In this blog, we’ll dive into the world of low VOC paints, understanding their meaning, the dangers of VOCs, the benefits of opting for low and very low VOC paint, and steps you can take to protect your family.

Why are VOCs dangerous?

Traditional paints release VOCs into the air, contributing to indoor air pollution. This pollution can lead to a range of health concerns, including respiratory issues, headaches, dizziness, and even long-term health risks. By selecting low VOC paints, you’re actively taking a step towards reducing these health risks and creating a healthier living environment for you and your loved ones.

How do VOCs in paints affect indoor air quality?

VOCs are commonly found in traditional paints and coatings. When these products are applied, the VOCs within them are released into the air, resulting in the distinctive ‘paint smell’ that many are familiar with. This process, known as off-gassing, can occur over time and contribute to indoor air pollution. Low VOC paints are formulated with fewer of these harmful chemicals, significantly reducing the emissions that can negatively affect indoor air quality and your health.

What do low and very low VOC paints mean?

VOC paint means that the paint includes harmful chemicals known as Volatile Organic Compounds. Low and very low VOC paints are formulated with reduced levels of these volatile organic compounds, making them a safer choice for your living spaces. By opting for low VOC paints, you’re choosing a paint option that minimises these harmful emissions, enhancing both your health and the quality of the air you breathe. Due to the lack of these chemicals, low or very low VOC paint is also low odour making the painting experience much more pleasant for you and everyone else in the house.

Prevention tips

The shift towards low VOC paints is a simple yet impactful step in reducing indoor air pollution. When embarking on a painting project, consider the following tips:

  • Opt for paints labelled ‘low or very low VOC’ to ensure a healthier choice.
  • Ensure proper ventilation during and after painting to help dissipate any emissions and facilitate VOC dispersion. This can be achieved by opening windows and using fans to ensure that fresh air circulates through the room.
  • Choose water-based paints, as they typically have lower VOC levels compared to oil-based counterparts.

Recommended products

If you’re looking for a safer paint option, look no further than Rockcote. Our Rockcote EcoStyle Paints are non-toxic and contain very low volatile organic compounds making them more environment-friendly and a much safer choice for safeguarding you and your family’s health. Our EcoStyle paints are free from harmful chemicals including Glycol ethers, Formaldehyde, Phthalates, Ammonia, and Lithopene.

Our EcoStyle paint range is also proud to be GECA certified, meaning they are recognised for their environmental credentials. The GECA ecolabel is an independent ‘tick’ [DS1] that shows your product is better for the environment, has a lower impact on human health and has been ethically made.

Before you get started

Before embarking on your painting project, take the time to research and select the right low VOC paint for your needs. Plan your ventilation strategy to ensure that you maintain fresh air circulation throughout the painting process and during the paint’s drying period.

Protect your health with low VOC paint

In conclusion, low and very low VOC paints offer a valuable solution for those seeking to enhance indoor air quality and promote a healthier environment. By understanding the significance of VOCs, opting for low VOC paints, and taking proactive steps to ensure proper ventilation, you’re contributing to a safer, cleaner indoor environment.

Whether you’re tackling a small or big painting project, making the switch to low or very low VOC paints is a small change that has a significant positive impact.