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Environmentally Friendly Ways to Paint Your Home

Environmentally Friendly Ways to Paint Your Home

We only have one planet we’re lucky enough to live on, and there are lots of small ways we can make a meaningful effort to take care of it. Did you know you can make environmentally friendly choices when it comes to interior and exterior painting services for your home?

Here are our suggestions for eco-friendly house painting to help you reach your home improvement goals while staying a little greener.

Hire a House Painter Who Uses Low-VOC Paints

Low-VOC paints are a major step forward when it comes to more environmentally friendly house painting. Used in both exterior and interior paint, a “Low-VOC” designation means the paint is low in volatile organic compounds.

Low-VOC paints are recommended across our industry because they off-gas much less than traditional paints. The fumes traditional paints are known for are a sign of this off-gassing. If you can smell strong paint fumes, that’s a sign that they’re releasing more toxins into the air. Those volatile organic compounds are bad for your health and toxic to the ozone layer.

The lower the VOCs in paint, the less time you’ll need to ventilate after painting projects are completed. That’s good news if your HVAC is running during a winter or summer paint job, since you won’t be wasting energy.

There is no official standard for what is classified as a “low” level of VOCs, so the amount can vary. Your local house painter can recommend a low-VOC paint for whatever painting project you want to tackle.

Choose Lighter Colors when Possible

Environmental friendliness means not only protecting our planet, but also conserving our resources. That makes our next two tips that much more important to follow. First, choose lighter colors when you can.

Lighter paint colors are more reflective and can reduce your reliance on electricity while boosting the lovely impact of natural lighting in your newly painted interior. And far from being boring, there is a range of beautiful looks lighter paint colors can help you create. Not to mention they’re timeless. They’ll keep a room from looking dated and help it feel more open, inviting, and spacious.

Don’t Neglect Caulking

Caulking is one of those things most people don’t think about until something goes wrong around your home. Whether or not you’ve noticed caulk damage around cabinets, doors, windows, or trim, it could be causing:

  • Increased energy costs

  • Moisture damage and intrusion

  • Pest problems

  • Worsening indoor allergies

If a room is improperly caulked, if caulk didn’t dry completely, or if caulk is aging, then your home is improperly sealed. Check your heat and air bills, and think about your allergy symptoms this year. Is everything getting worse? If so, poor caulking could be responsible for “the outside getting in” and for an overuse of energy, one of our most valuable resources.

Protect the Surrounding Environment

Your home is surrounded by natural beauty. When exterior painting is being done, protect and preserve that beauty by working with painters who are careful to guard trees, flowers, grass, and plants from errant primer and paint. It seems like a small thing, but attention to detail goes a long way toward better environmental stewardship.

Avoid Unnecessary Repaints

Preventing waste is one of the best ways we can conserve energy, protect our resources, and care for the environment in the process. When paint is improperly applied, or when primers and caulks don’t dry completely before moving on to the next layer, your paint finish won’t look its best and won’t last as long. That means you’ll be budgeting and planning for a repaint of the entire area much sooner than you planned, pretty much chalking up your entire first paint job as a loss.

Hiring professional house painters means a more efficient, less wasteful painting project overall. You can avoid expensive repaints that waste your time, energy, and supplies by working with painters who:

  • Properly and thoroughly prepare all surfaces before painting

  • Replace any rotting wood so it doesn’t spread unchecked and cause extensive damage and safety risks

  • Use environmentally friendly low-VOC paints whenever possible

  • Pressure wash exterior surfaces to avoid wasting paint and primer

  • Seamlessly apply caulk before painting or staining to properly seal your home and better conserve your energy.

Trico Painting is who to call if you need a house painter. Roseville, CA homeowners and HOAs trust our team to protect their homes, common areas, and landscaping with safe, sustainable painting techniques that avoid waste and make environmental friendliness a priority.

We share your value of caring for our planet, and we are committed to treating your home, and the natural environment surrounding it, with respect whenever we’re on the job. If you’re ready to get started, request your painting estimate from Trico Painting today.