Before you paint this winter – check the VOC’s

By Roy Thomas - November 5, 2018

Why should you be worried about VOC’s in Paint used in your home? Especially during the winter months?

First, what are VOC’s?

VOC is an acronym for “Volatile Organic Compounds”. VOC’s are found in many building materials and are partially responsible for that “Paint Smell” that comes with fresh paint. They are emitted in gas form while using products containing them. Some VOC’s can be dangerous to your health and are now regulated by the Government. In fact, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), found in a *1985 study that “levels of about a dozen organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside.”

The same study stated that some of the health effects can be headaches and eye, nose, and throat irritation, just to name a few.

What should you use to paint inside during the winter when you don’t want to open windows?


Many paint companies advertise “Low VOC” paints. The problem with this, is what does “Low VOC Mean”? There is no standard definition of what a “Low VOC” Paint is. One paint can have a “lower” VOC content than another paint and so it can be stated to have “Low VOC”. When concerned about VOC’s in paint, a good place to look is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Council (LEED), or GREENGUARD. If a paint is LEED or GREENGUARD certified, you are in much better hands.

Companies that make “NO VOC” Paints can be found among the best; such as Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore. Not all paints made by these companies are LOW or NO VOC, so be careful. An advantage of LOW and NO VOC paint is little to no odor – perfect for indoor painting during the winter.

So, before you go buy paint for that spare bedroom, play room, or loft this winter, check for a GREENGUARD or LEED certification and breathe a little easier.




By Roy Thomas - September 29, 2018


Why a Free Color Consultation?

By Darlene Thomas - April 26, 2018

Many of our clients are surprised to find that we offer free color consultations. Few if any painting companies do. There are several places around town where you can go and find color consultations for a fee. We feel that a free color consultation is valuable in making sure our clients are happy and well served. Once you have decided to paint. the next big decision is color.
 Some people know just what they want and only need a few minutes with the paint samples to hone in on just the right shade.  Others have no idea about colors and want significant guidance.  Most people are somewhere in the middle, they have an idea, but could use someone to talk it over with and some time to really look at the options.  Even someone who wants white walls still has almost 100 different shades to choose from, which can be totally overwhelming.  All of these situations are good reasons to call and schedule an appointment.
During your appointment, Darlene will discuss with you what you want out of the project. Anyone can give you an opinion, but have you considered these questions and if you have, do you know how to achieve them?  Do you want your home or business to feel like a place of activity and excitement or place of calm and rest?  Do you want your exterior to stand out or blend in? What is the energy in the neighborhood?  Are you looking for something modern or traditional? What are these rooms used for and how can color help or hinder that purpose?  How will the lighting in rooms affect the final look of the project? If you could use help with any of these questions then a free color consultation could be a very useful experience.

How does a Free Color Consultation Work?

By Roy Thomas - April 26, 2018

Recently, I pulled up in front of a home that stood out from the rest of the homes on the street, and not in good way.  The owner was ready to make her home look the way she wanted it, instead of what the previous owner had wanted, although, she wasn’t yet, sure exactly what that would be.  As she said, she knew what she didn’t like better that what she did. I took in the feeling of the home.  We looked at color combinations, discussed what she liked and more importantly what she didn’t like. Then we stepped outside to see what we were working with.  Things like brick siding and the roof are there to stay, so whatever decisions are made about paint color, they need to work with the existing elements. There are many choices within each color family. Sometimes choosing a brown that is a little cooler or a gray that is warmer can make all the difference.  The client pointed out several homes in the area that she really liked.  That was a huge help.  All of these homes had white trim, combine that with the white frame around the new front window and white was an obvious choice to replace the current bright blue.  We then narrowed down the siding color to two good choices that she could show to her husband so they could make their final decision together.

You would never recognize the house today.  It looks fresh, clean, and welcomes visitors with a feeling of unity and tranquility.