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In the past, painting your home was messy task that involved having to rearrange your family ‘jigsaw puzzle’. Sleeping, eating and relaxing spaces often had to be blocked off to keep family members away from toxic fumes. Today, low VOC paint products are available to tackle these issues, here is some helpful information to create a safer environment for you and your loved ones…

Problems of the past

Breathing solvent paint fumes for too long caused headaches, dizziness and nausea to those nearby, imposing a risk on family members health. This made it unsafe for the family, especially pregnant women and children. When drying, traditional paints would release toxic chemicals causing problems in the quality of the air within the home.

VOC’s explained

VOC’s commonly known as Volatile Organic Compounds are found in all paints containing petroleum based solvents that evaporate into the air from the paint whilst the it is drying. These added solvents develop a “smog” appearance and reduce indoor air quality meaning that it’s not safe for you or your family.

The uses of VOC’s

Although they have been found to be bad for your health, VOC’s were traditionally used for a number of reasons. This included:

  • Achieving good coverage of paint
  • Improved brushability
  • Aid in working time
  • Film hardiness
  • Ease of application

What’s different

Today, paint companies have made the move to a safer solution. For instance, environmentally aware products produced by Haymes are designed to lower the VOC content in paint, creating a safer and more sustainable product for families. This range includes paints that use low odour raw materials, have minimal solvent content, a range of colourants that are VOC free, and a colour range that is greater than 99% VOC free.

Benefits to your family

No longer will you have to wait days for rooms to be safe to move back into, with low VOC products you can have a painter in that morning and by nightfall you can be sleeping in your home, health hazard free. It’s understood that no product can be totally 100% VOC free, however, the closer you are to no VOC in your paint, the better it will be for your family’s health.

Choosing the right paint

When choosing the right paint for your home, be sure to look for qualities such as superior washability, exceptional coverage, stainproof barrier, no fumes or offensive odour and mould and mildew protection.

It’s also important to make sure that when you’re deciding to paint, you talk to your painter. Ensure that the product you choose is approved by the APAS (Australian Paint Approval Scheme) specifications. This is especially important in terms of the VOC limit.

Remember, you need to decide what measures you’ll take to maintain your family’s health. If you’re unsure about what paint to choose, or need more information there are always professionals available to help. The great news is, when building your dream home with Hotondo Homes we work with painting experts. That’s why we proudly stand behind Haymes Paint for all our painting needs. With a whole range of low VOC products, you can be sure to find one to perfectly suit your home. Therefore, protecting your family from harmful chemicals.


For more information on Haymes head to their website here: www.haymespaint.com.au/

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