Painting a room can be a lot of fun. It is a great way to start making that place that you just bought your own and can be a fun activity for the whole family or a group of friends. But, if you've ever painted a room before then you know that the fumes can be very toxic to some people and that the odour of new paint can last for days. If you want to avoid this when you're painting a room in your home or office, you might want to consider using low or no VOC paints.
VOC stands for volatile organic compound and paints that contain are essentially releasing harmful gases into the air. Paint is not the only product that you might encounter at home or at the office that emits these fumes but if the room is not properly ventilated then it is one where you are likely to notice the effects quite quickly. Some people might experience headaches while others will have much more serious symptoms. This is why so many people, from home owners to those running businesses that they are remodelling are now choosing to use paints without these chemicals in them.
The government has regulations set on how much VOC is allowed in a can of paint. Less is allowed in flat finishes then in other kinds. These regulations are put in place because at these levels it is unlikely that people will be seriously affected by the fumes. But, if you're painting a room where lots of people come in and out, for school or work, then there might be some that are more sensitive. This is why there are now several companies that have created products with much less VOCs or none at all. And while these paints used to have lower performance ratings than their standard counterparts, they are now mostly at an equal level.
If you are looking for a paint with no VOCs to redo a room in your home then you should still expect to pay a little bit more. Most major hardware stores will carry at least one brand of this type of paint and you might find that it is completely organic. If you're interested in finding the safest paint with the best quality then it's likely best to speak with the experts working at your local hardware store. They will be able to help you compare the different products that they offer when it comes to everything from how the paint is made to the price tag. This is definitely something to consider if you care about the environment and want as healthy a home as possible.