Eco-Friendly House Painting Ideas from Westchester-based CertaPro Painters

CertaPro Painter Peter Buttenwieser

Westchester-based CertaPro Painters want homeowners to know more about green painting options. Those planning to paint their homes should look for paints designated as “eco-friendly” or “green,” most often by containing low amounts of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).  To be considered Low VOC, paint must contain less than 250 grams of VOC per liter.  Paints sold as No VOC are limited to 5 grams per liter. Painters should also use a Low/No VOC primer and appropriate surface preparation techniques.

The most immediate benefits to using Low/No VOC products include no or little odor once the paint is dry, and a shorter waiting period before it’s safe and comfortable to occupy a room.  Longer term benefits include the reduction of toxins released into the air.

Potential downsides to the Low/No VOC products is that they can cost more than traditional acrylic paints and the range of colors may be limited, depending on the manufacturer.  Additionally, labeling standards are not uniform. Some paints may be labeled low odor, for example, while they are not Low VOC.

Several popular “green” paints recommended by CertaPro Painters include Harmony and Duration Home from Sherwin Williams (look for the Green Sure logo) and Natura from Benjamin Moore (look for the Green Promise designation).

To learn more about eco-friendly painting, contact Peter Buttenwieser of CertaPro Painters at 914.245.2260 or

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