Also known as VOCs, are solvents that get released into the air as the paint dries. (Other products emit solvents, including adhesives, cleaning supplies, and even some home furnishings). VOCs can cause acute symptoms, including headaches and dizziness. some VOCs are suspected carcinogens. The federal government caps the VOC content in paint at 250 grams per liter (g/l) for flat finishes and 380 g/l for other finishes (low-luster, semigloss, etc.). However, some manufacturers have opted to comply with more stringent limits—50 g/l for all finishes like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. The base of other paints might also be free of VOCs, but when any pigment is added at the point of sale, the VOC level climbs as high as 150 g/l.
Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams have no VOCs in the color pigment of their finishes.
Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams both offer a large selection of paints and primers that have low to zero VOC meaning Morrissey Painting is able to tackle any job with quality as well as keeping your family and our environment safe. If you have asthma, respiratory problems, or allergies, stick with a low - zero VOC paint product.