The Lowdown on Low VOC
First introduced to the market in 1992, low-VOC paints are becoming more widely used on interiors and signage. They are sometimes required by legislation, depending on state and county codes, and for U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification eligibility.
Paint contains thousands of chemicals, with the most harmful being volatile organic compounds (VOCs). They are unstable, carbon-containing compounds that readily vaporize into the air, which can cause air pollution and numerous health issues. As paint dries VOCs are released into the air. Although VOC levels are highest during and immediately after painting, they continue to be released for several years.
Low-VOC paints contain reduced levels of these harmful chemicals, making them more environmentally friendly and posing fewer health risks to those around the painted surface. Low-VOC paints are just as durable as traditional paints. Also, they can be custom-mixed to match colors and applied in the same manner. Although low-VOC paint costs more than traditional paints, the price continues to decrease as advancements in development are made.
Harbinger offers low-VOC paint as an option for its signage and continually stays up-to-date on the latest products that offer advancements in drying time, quality and durability. The company highly recommends its use when signs are designed for interior spaces.