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We understand the concerns about protecting the earths environment. Want to help save our environment but not sure what you can do to help? Go green when painting the interior of your home. Some paint manufactures are getting with the program. They are making environmentally friendly products. They offer paint with zero or low VOC.  Laymen term: they contain fewer or low volatile organic compounds. Volatile organic compounds are carbon based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature. I'm sure the last time you painted you can remember the way your house smelled for hours after you were done. What you smelled was solvent.

One example is they are reducing the amount of solvent in their formulations.  Anyone that shopped for these paints when they first hit the market, quickly found out that they were quite expensive. Like everything else, more companies are making it so the price has dropped.

Most of the paint manufactures are making interior and exterior paint that is 0 or low VOC.  Now anyone can buy it at a reasonable price. zero VOC paint cost around $30.00 a gal.  Low VOC paint is comparable in price to regular paint. You can usually get any color or sheen that you desire.  

There   is  more  to  come............ soon  we  will  have  more  articles  with  information  on  "GOING GREEN" 



White Washing the Exterior of your Home or Business

Maeder Painting serving Lexington, KY and Champaign, IL

Another "Go Green" Alternative

An old method that has "Go Green" all over it!!

Brick or wood can be painted but be aware that once you apply paint or any other film to the brick or wood you begin a vicious cycle of periodic maintenance and cost. Your desire to make your home look better and do it with little future maintenance is possible if you consider a coating that has almost been forgotten - Whitewash. The finish can last 20 to 30 years. You can tint it a color if you don't want the traditional brilliant white color. There are different ways to apply it for different looks such as an English cottage look or an old authentic look. For more information or questions e-mail us.


 The Cost of Going Green with Exterior Finishes

The first thing homeowners want to know when the talk turns green with exterior paints and stains is how much it's going to cost versus using traditional materials. The answer to that question isn't as easy as many homeowners might think. The answer is that you're probably going to pay a little bit upfront for more environmentally sound, and safe, paints and stains. But when you look at things through a greener lens, the lines begin to blur. After all, what value would you place on a healthier family? On an improved quality of life? On knowing that you're doing everything you can to create a better, more environmentally responsible world for your children and grandchildren to enjoy? Put it that way, and it's easy to see that the real value of going green extends far beyond dollars and cents.