On December 19, 2012

Painting Your House The Green Way

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
  • Armorwall
  • 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



Nick Dorotik is the Vice President of ASAP Roofing, and manages the sales and marketing. You can find him on Google+ and twitter.


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  • By kirk  3 Comments 

    Posted by Felix on
    • Dec 19 2012
    Greetings There! So I do have a questions with respect to the quality of these healthier and environmentally friendly paint options. With respect to many plastics we have found that the removal of artificial softeners actually reduced the durability of the plastic. Lets simply look at my I phone charging cable... the brand made one from apple may be super environmentally friendly ... but it requires near monthly replacement. So while I do like green... I'm not sure I want to risk picking a green product and in exchange face the possible side affect of the paint washing of with the next rainstorm or something like that. Chemically speaking oil and latex based paints are not water soluble. By changing the nature of the pain am I risking reducing the quality and durability of the pain as well? Or are the any kind of guarantees in place that these novel healthy paints work just as well as the not so healthy stuff? I would really appreciate some feedback on this topic! Thank you for the excellent article as well.
      Posted by admin on
      • Dec 20 2012
      There is certainly a trade off. The older style, less environmentally friendly paints were and still are superior to some of the newer water based, more environmentally friendly stuff. The problem is, we need to address/invest in these issues to create better products. Kind of like windows 8 has been attacked as being a beta that the company expects the users to test and help improve. That is simply how progress works. We used to put asbestos in roofs until we learned that wasn't a good idea. We used to put DDT in pesticides until birds started to die.
    Posted by Einah on
    • Jan 5 2013
    This kind of paint color can be a great help to restore the health of the environment. Aside from that, this is also safe to use particularly if there is a baby inside your home. Like what you can find in Denver house painting, this will work best in any kind of home.

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