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WHY USE NON-TOXIC PAINTS?

First, the bad news:
Indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air!  According to the EPA our indoor air is listed as one of the top 5 hazards to our health!  A good start to reduce the level of pollution in our indoor air is the type of paint that you have on your walls, doors and trim.
Painting products and finishes are among the leading causes of indoor air pollution!   After you have painted your home, the paints and the finishes continue to release low level toxic emissions into your breathing air for years after the application!  The source of these toxins is VOC’s (Variety of volitile organic compounds) which until recently were essential to the performance of paint.
Now, the good news!
Painting manufactures have caught on and there are many brands out there that offer No Voc based paint.
Benjamin Moore has Pristine Eco Spec and Sherwin Williams has Harmony. These are just a few, if you have a favorite paint brand that you are used to using, chances are they offer a No Voc line of paint and finishes!  These brands are high quality, better for your health and cost effective!
Remember to open a few windows and doors at the end of the day if you have been painting, even for a few minutes will help freshen the air!

Help your environment and budget with green, eco-friendly painting

green painting new haven county fairfield county3 Sensible green painting options

Want a healthier home, lower utility bills and a cleaner planet?  Then consider using paints that meet today’s higher standards for environmental performance, lasting beauty and long-term value.  Fact is, consumers looking to save money and the environment have more choices than ever before.  Here’s how to take advantage of more sensible options for your next painting project right now:

Choose a Low-VOC Paint

All paints contain some level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), but paints with higher levels can trigger asthmatic or allergic reactions, and even contribute to air pollution.  Because they release fewer toxins into the air during the drying process, low-VOC paints are considered safer to people and less harmful to the environment.

Green Seal, a non-profit environmental standards organization, makes it easy to identify less toxic paints that also have great coverage and durability.  Visit www.greenseal.org/standards/paints.htm to view their paint evaluation criteria, or let Coastline Painters help you select a safe paint that meets your decorating needs.

Choose Recycled, Reblended or Surplus Paints

Consumers looking to reduce costs and environmental impact may want to consider commercially produced recycled content paint, which contains 50-80% recycled content.  It’s filtered, mixed, sorted and tested to ensure consistent quality, and it’s sometimes available direct from the supplier at no cost.  (Keep in mind, however, that it may need to be special-ordered, and is usually limited to earth tones).

Moreover, many municipalities create reblended paints from leftover paints brought to their household hazardous waste facilities.  While color palettes are limited, the paint is typically of reasonable quality and available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.  Although this may not fit clients with more exacting needs, it is a more budget-conscious solution.

Choose the Right Paint Color and Quality

It’s true: The right paint color can actually lower your electricity bill.  Lighter colors reduce your need for artificial light, by bouncing natural light from windows and fixtures throughout your room.  Moreover, choosing a high-quality paint that comes with a performance warranty will reduce your need for costly additional coats and potentially hazardous removal down the line.

Selecting the right paint doesn’t have to break the bank or harm the planet.  Contact Coastline Painters for a free quote to see how we can help you make better choices for your next painting project.

3 Tasty Tints to Bring Out the Beauty of Your Home

fairfield county ct residential and commercial paintingA menu of pleasing interior paints

Looking to spice up your home with today’s hottest hues?  Glance no farther than your kitchen.  No matter what your decor, these 3 delectable colors will have you salivating in style!

Apple Green

Apple green walls add a playful contrast to homes featuring hardwood floors and natural stone elements (a fireplace, for instance, or granite countertops).  For a truly luscious effect, pair apple green walls with tangerine trim and accent with lemon yellow.  Likewise, add some bite to your apple-inspired decor with apple branches in an urn and a bowl of apples on the table.

Mustard Yellow

French country comforts earn eye-popping pizzazz when you mix mustard yellow walls with turquoise trim and bold red accents.  For a deliciously dazzling effect, boost your mustard yellow backdrop with eclectic furnishings and water-themed paintings to satiate your innermost Mediterranean muse.

Tapioca Cream

A sophisticated alternative to plain vanilla white or beige, tapioca cream lends character and depth to rooms decorated with vintage furnishings and bold lines alike.  In the living room, tapioca walls paired with lavender trim create a luscious teatime retreat; in the kitchen, white cupboards pop against this flavorful hue’s understated elegance.

Ready to devour more mouth-watering shades?  Contact Coastline Painters for a free quote.


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