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Written by: Mark Thissell
6/25/2014 5:49 AM 

House Painting Pleasanton – Choosing Low-VOC Paints for Your Home's Interior When house painting in Pleasanton, choosing good quality paint for your home's interior is a must.

Even though your house (most especially the interiors) should look good and appealing, you and your family's health should be the first and foremost consideration. Are you asthmatic? Does a member of your family suffer asthma or have certain kinds of allergies? Are you at risk of having both conditions? Do you have babies or very young children, as well as pets?

You shouldn't forget you and your family's health even when buying a new paint for your Pleasanton home. Fortunately, there are many eco-friendly paints. Manufacturers of these eco-friendly paint brands also have your long-term health in mind.

How can you tell if the paints you plant to buy are safe? Check the can labels if they carry low VOC's. Better yet, choose a brand of paint with zero VOC's at all.

Just what is a VOC in paints, by the way? VOC stands for "volatile organic compound," organic chemicals which have the capability of emitting high evaporation even at ordinary room temperature. VOC can be a natural or man-made compound.

VOC is found in many traditional paints, coatings and solvents. VOC sources also include formaldehyde, benzene, methylene chloride, perchloroethylene, MTBE, etc.

When paint dries, it emits that disagreeable and often dizzying odor – this is mostly because of the VOC evaporation, which is also known as "off-gassing." VOCs have been found to cause dizziness, eye irritation, headaches and nausea. It can also trigger or aggravate asthma attacks or allergies. If exposed to VOCs frequently, it can even result in kidney failure or even cancer. Knowing the toxic horrors brought about by VOCs, now you don't want to apply a VOC-laced paint on the walls of your home interiors, most especially in your children's bedroom/playroom or your baby's nursery room.

Some paint labels claim that they are low on VOCs but it doesn't exactly mean that they are low in odor. They still carry that malodorous stink that is potentially harmful to one's health. So it's best to buy paints with absolutely no VOCs at all.

There are good and dependable paint brands out there. There are some paints with no carcinogenic (cancer-causing) properties, some helping to minimize mold and mildew, and some natural paints that are even based on milk and proteins. You only have to be wise and cautious in buying paints, so checking can labels is a must to determine if they are VOC-free.

VOC-free paints may cost you a bit more than traditional paints, but you know that these manufacturers put every effort and research into their products. They strive not only to make your home beautiful, but also to keep you and your family safe and healthy.

If you still need professional advice in this regard, you can always turn to house painting experts such as Custom Painting, Inc. Our fully licensed and insured contractors will guide you in choosing the best quality and safest paints and applying them on the interiors when house painting in Pleasanton.

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