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November 20, 2012

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How environmentally conscious paint helps your facility

Environmental responsibility has extended far beyond reusable grocery bags and recycling programs. Nearly every industry now offers “green” choices, and commercial painting is no exception. Engaging in painting practices that benefit the environment can help your facility in more ways than one.

What is “green” paint?

The environmental choice for industrial and commercial applications is green or low VOC to zero-VOC coatings. VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. These natural chemicals have a high vapor pressure at normal room temperatures, causing them to give off fumes that can be toxic. Formaldehyde is one example of a VOC used in some types of paint.

Oil-based coatings typically contain high levels of VOCs. When choosing an environmentally friendly coating, commercial and industrial painting contractors will opt for water-based latex paint, or even some newer types of paint with a milk base.

How environmental paint is used

Because the low- VOC and zero-VOC coatings are thinner than regular latex or oil-based paints, several layers must be applied in order to achieve the right look and thickness. It’s best to hire a commercial painting contractor who is experienced with using green coatings, since this type of paint is prone to showing imperfections and brushstrokes when it’s not properly applied.

With skilled application, green coatings can have the same appearance and durability as other kinds of commercial and industrial paint. These coatings can be used for interior and exterior walls, floors, and even tool and machinery painting.

The benefits of green coatings

For the environmentally conscious business, using green coatings for industrial and commercial facilities demonstrates your concern, and lets customers know that details are important to you. This paint is also a great way to reduce health risks for your staff and your customers.

Low- VOC and zero-VOC coatings are excellent choices for specialized facilities like hospitals and food processing plants, as well as any commercial or industrial business seeking to contribute to the health of the environment.

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