Typically when you decide to paint your house, the last thought on your mind is safety. Yet, when the Environmental protection Agency (EPA) thinks about painting, health risks are on the top of their list, and they are on the top of ASAP ROOFING’s list as well.
Many Aurora painting contractors are more worried about their profits than much else. The highest profits can only be obtained by being aware of the long term consequences of your building practices.
According to the EPA, indoor air quality is one of the top 5 health risks in the United States today. Due to the dissipation of volatile organic compounds, a primary ingredient of oil and latex based paints, the indoor air of a home can precipitate asthma attacks, dizziness, nausea, and related respiratory symptoms. Long term exposure to these dangerous compounds has been correlated with liver and kidney disease, as well as cancer.
Resulting from these health concerns, ASAP ROOFING informs all of its customers about an independent, non-profit organization that has been formed to set standards for environmentally responsible paints. Green Seal offers customers economical and “green” choices for customers through their Green Seal certification which is based on VOC content, the absence of chemicals, performance and durability of the paint, and now a few alternatives including low VOC paint, zero VOC paint, and non-toxic or natural paint exist.
The Green Seal organization also goes beyond the EPA with more stringent standards. For example, the EPA allows VOC levels of up to 250 grams per liter, while the Green Seal only allows for 50 grams per liter. Additionally, the Green Seal prevents the use of harmful chemicals such as halomethanes, ethanes, chlorinated ethylenes, and miscellaneous semi-volatile organics.
Green Seal’s April 2006 “Proposed Environmental Standard and Environmental Evaluation of Recycled Content Latex Paint” states the following related to the continued release of VOC’s from latex paints:
“Although many of the toxic materials found in paints have been reduced in recent years due to legislation, especially among latex paints, some may still be released as the paint dries and the compounds volatilize, while others continue to be released into the ambient environment after the paint dries when there is no detectable odor…Paint emissions can continue for extended periods of time after application and Sparks et al. (1999) estimated that less than 50% of the VOC’s in latex paint (applied to a surface) are emitted in the first year. Compounds studied include ethylene glycol, propylene glycol, Texanol®, and butoxyethanol.”
For reference, Green Seal has certified the following companies and products as having met at least the GS-11 Standard for Low VOC content. There are many others that also meet the standard but these are the ones that have had Green Seal certify their product and can display the Green Seal mark:
- InPro Corporation
- Master Paints and Chemical Corporation
- Eco Pure Interior/Exterior line
- Miller Paint Co.
- Acro Pure Interior line
- Randolph Products Company
- 770W11 Exterior Primer
- Rust-Oleum Corporation
- Sierra Performance line
- YOLO Colorhouse
- Earth’s Color Collection Interior line,
- Little Yolo Interior line
- Earth’s Color Collection Exterior line
Written by Nick Dorotik
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