Repainting is normally a good move; that is, unless you’re that person who decides pink or lime green are great exterior house colors. The quality of the paint job makes a big difference to the success of the project, and an important element of a quality paint job is selecting the right paint.
What is paint? Paint basically consists of pigments, resins, additives, and solvents. The pigments add the color, the resins maintain the consistency, and the additives prevent mold and mildew growth. The solvent allows the paint to be a liquid that is easy to apply. The resin is the most expensive ingredient in paint, and the cheaper paints will have a lower quality resin.
What is harmful in paint? The solvents are what make the paint a liquid as the other ingredients are all solids. The solvents evaporate after application, and those are what release the volatile organic compounds, VOCs. These are harmful both to your health and to the environment.
What are the most common paint companies? You can find generic, less expensive paints at most department stores. Walmart offers a line beginning at about $7.00/gallon. These companies, listed in an About.com article on interior paint manufacturers, are among the top eight recommended brands: Behr, Sherwin-Williams, Valspar, and Benjamin Moore & Co.
Are there more natural options? Companies such as Bioshield Natural Paints produce whole lines of paint that contain zero VOCs and no harmful chemicals. The paint consists primarily of raw materials such as essential oils, minerals, and other natural resources.
When interviewing your licensed painting contractor, be sure to ask about what brand and quality of paint that he or she uses. The cheapest bid might mean the cheapest product of paint as well. Make sure you are getting a paint job that is of the utmost quality.